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
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 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 - -
Year (Spring and Summer) North - -

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.

Module aims

This module aims to consolidate and unify students’ mathematical knowledge base, gain a working knowledge of the trigonometric relations and identities, the logarithm and the exponential functions needed for future courses and apply these functions to solve problems and to introduce students to the techniques of differentiation and integration.
The aim is to provide a firm foundation for study in further mathematics, engineering or computing.



Algebra Graphs
Linear equations, Simultaneous equations, Quadratic equations
Functions                 Functions  
Introduction, Definition,The algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and composite functions.
Calculus Basic Differentiation and Integration


Learning and teaching

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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate skills in arithmetic & basic algebra.
LO2 Establish skills in mathematical functions.
LO3 Show skills in Differentiating basic functions.
LO4 Show skills in Integrating basic functions.

Assessment strategy

This module is assessed through 4 tests (LO1-LO4). (Possibly Test 1 LO1, Test 2 LO1 and LO2, Test 3 LO2 and LO3, Test 4 LO3 and LO4).

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 reflection 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.
Learning Manager Meetings: in order to pass this module, students must attend at least two meetings with their Learning Manager (one in Autumn and one in Spring) in order to reflect upon, discuss and plan their approach to learning and organisation of their study.


Croft, A. Davison, R. (2010) Foundation Maths, MyMathLab Global. 5 edition, Pearson (Prentice Hall) [CORE]