module specification

MA4010 - Calculus and Linear Algebra (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Calculus and Linear Algebra
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 25%   Unseen Test (1 hour)
Coursework 25%   5 problem sheets
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen Exam (2 hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

The module covers basic mathematical techniques of differential and integral calculus and of linear algebra that will be of later use throughout Mathematics and related degree courses. The module builds on and extends concepts learned in A-Level Mathematics. The contents covered and the skills developed are fundamental to the development of mathematical competence. Calculus and linear algebra form an important foundation for further studies in Mathematics, Finance, Statistics and Engineering.

Module aims

This module will provide the student with the knowledge of ability to carry out the basic mathematical techniques of differential and integral calculus and of linear algebra. It will also enable students to apply these methods to a range of practical problems.


Functions and graphs. Differentiation techniques. Applications of differentiation.
Integration techniques. Applications of integration. Differential equations. Introduction to 2-variable calculus. Complex Numbers
Matrices, vectors. Determinants, inverses. Application: simultaneous equations. Eigenvectors.

Learning and teaching

Students’ learning is directed via face-to-face learning activities centred on lectures and seminars. There is full provision of documents related to the module in electronic format that can be accessed by students at all times. The documents include lecture notes, slides, guidance to further reading and relevant mathematical packages, and exercises and tests.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. Demonstrate skill in use and application of the techniques of differentiation.
LO2. Demonstrate skill in use and application of the techniques of integration.
LO3. Demonstrate skill in arithmetic manipulation of complex numbers, vectors and matrices
LO4. Solve systems of linear equations using matrix methods.

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will consist of one test, one coursework and a final examination. Test  will assess LO1, LO2, coursework will assess  LO3, LO4, and the final assessment will be an examination where students will be tested across the whole syllabus (LO1 to LO4).


Core Textbooks: [1] and [4]

[1] Stewart, J. (2005); Calculus. Brook/Cole
[2] Stroud, K.A. (2010); Engineering Mathematics. Macmillan
[3] Fraleigh, J. et al. (2005); Linear Algebra. Addison-Wesley
[4] Lipschutz, S. and Lipson, M. (2009), Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra. McGraw-Hill