module specification

MA3101 - Mathematics (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Mathematics
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Learning Reflection
Unseen Examination 20%   Unseen Test 1 (1 hour)
Unseen Examination 20%   Unseen Test 2 (1 hour)
Unseen Examination 20%   Unseen Test 3 (1hour)
Unseen Examination 20%   Unseen Test 4 (1hour)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Morning
Year (Spring and Summer) North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.


Learning Reflection    Summative Report of all formative feedbacks received. LO1

Algebra   Graphs Linear equations, Simultaneous equations, Quadratic equations LO2

Functions Introduction, Definition,

The algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric
functions and composite functions. LO3

Calculus Basic Differentiation and Integration LO4, LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. The lectures will develop theory, explain the methods and techniques and demonstrate them by going through examples. The tutorials will provide students with the opportunity of reviewing their lecture notes and working through the problems designed for their practice, which will underpin the skills and techniques demonstrated in the lectures. Students will be encouraged to construct valid and precise mathematical arguments and will be expected to produce solutions using appropriate notational and stylistic conventions. Self-study exercises will enable students to monitor their own progress.
A set of lecture notes will be provided to students and answers for exercise questions will be put on the VLE.
Blended learning is incorporated by using on line resources as a medium for communication (both peer and tutor-led) and will also provide additional materials to stimulate the student interest and broaden their horizons.
The completion of a summative assignment in week 7 of the module, builds on the formative reflection carried out earlier in the module and thus supports the students with successful academic outcomes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1 Reflecting on the formative feedbacks received on all level 3 modules.
LO2 Demonstrate skills in arithmetic & basic algebra.
LO3 Establish skills in mathematical functions.
LO4 Show skills in Differentiating basic functions.
LO5 Show skills in Integrating basic functions.

Assessment strategy

This module is assessed through 4 tests and one coursework covering five learning outcome.
(Coursework LO1,Test 1 LO2, Test 2 LO2 and LO3, Test 3 LO3 and LO4, Test 4 LO4 and LO5.
The tests will provide students with an opportunity to monitor their progress and adapt their study plan.
In Week 5 of the academic year, Students will be given a summative assignment asking them
to produce a reflective report on their learning.
Students will submit the summative assignment in week 7 and will receive feedback on the summative assignment in the following week.


Core Text: Croft, A. Davison, R. (2010) Foundation Maths, MyMathLab Global. 5 edition, Pearson (Prentice Hall)