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ES176 - Foundation Mathematics

  • Module code: ES176
  • Module name: Foundation Mathematics
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Within the context of the syllabus, students should be able to manipulate mathematical formulae, to follow mathematical argument, to formulate engineering problems in mathematical form and to solve these. In particular, this module provides the necessary mathematical background for ES180 Technological Science 1 for those students without 'A' level, or equivalent, Mathematics.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes cconsistent with the syllabus; Reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning; Generalise and to construct mathematical proofs; Understand coherence and progression in mathematics and recognise how different areas of mathematics can be connected; Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved; Use mathematics as an effective means of communication; Use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitation; Take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

Timetabled teaching activities

All terms. Lectures: There are 20 lectures in all over the first two terms including two tests. Briefing sheets for the lectures are available here.Seminars: are compulsory and allows us to provide additional help, particularly before or after the tests, and to aid revision for the final examination.

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Other essential notes

This module is provided for students that do not have ‘A’ level mathematics (or an equivalent). It is intended to enable such students to rapidly gain the necessary mathematical skills and confidence to engage with, and successfully complete, other engineering modules in the First Year.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES176-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 0%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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