module specification

MA4054 - IT for Mathematics (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title IT for Mathematics
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   Class Test (1 hour, unseen)
Coursework 70%   Individual Coursework (2000 words max.)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces a range of numerical approximation methods for solving a variety of mathematical problems, including iterative methods for solving nonlinear equations and systems of linear equations.

There is also an introductory course on LaTeX, which is a high-quality document preparation system commonly used for writing, editing, and designing mathematical documents and technical reports.

Prior learning requirements

Pre- or Co- Requisites: None.

Available for Study Abroad? NO


Application of Excel software for finding roots algebraic, linear, and non-linear equations. (LO1)

Understand the principles of programming such as algorithm, control flow and debugging. (LO2)

Producing Mathematical documents using packages such as LaTeX. (LO3)

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 online 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 - Apply standard numerical techniques for finding roots of algebraic, linear and non-linear equations by using a computer package.

LO2 - Appreciate the ways that inbuilt commands in computer packages assist in the solution of problems.

LO3 - Gain the appropriate knowledge for efficient and effective writing of mathematical documents.

Assessment strategy

Describe the assessment instruments and provide a rationale for them in terms of the learning outcomes that they assess. This should be 200-300 words long. Please note a qualifying mark is the mark which the student must achieve in an assessment component in order to pass the module. Qualifying marks and sets prevent a module from being passed on aggregate. Please only complete sections on qualifying marks in table 13b if it is required, otherwise leave it blank.  A further explanation can be found.