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Undergraduate Course: Fundamentals of Algebra and Calculus (MATH07003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Mathematics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introductory course in University Mathematics covering topics not covered in the previous education of many incoming undergraduates on degrees involving Mathematics.

Delivery of the course is principally online. The main content of the course consists of weekly units. Each unit contains an online test for credit.

Course description This course is intended for entering students who will be studying the first year mathematics courses as part of their programmes. The course introduces and develops a range of topics that incoming undergraduates may not have previously studied, or may benefit from studying in more depth. On successful completion, students will be well-prepared for continuing University mathematics. The modules are centred around calculus (particularly integration) and algebra (with topics such as complex numbers and more advanced use of vectors).

The central topics are as follows.

1. Vectors
2. Polynomials and rational functions
3. Functions (including trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic)
4. Complex numbers
5. Sequences and series

1. Principles and techniques of differentiation
2. Further techniques and applications of differentiation
3. Principles of integration
4. Methods of integration
5. Applications of integration
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Engineering Mathematics 1b (MATH08075) OR Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1b (MATH08073) OR Accelerated Algebra and Calculus for Direct Entry (MATH08062)
Other requirements - Higher Mathematics or A-level Mathematics at Grade A, or equivalent.

- Not appropriate for those with A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*, or SQA Advanced Higher at Grade A, or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 55, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 138 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 80% calculated from scores on successful unit tests
20% final exam.

There is a final online test at end of course. Minimal score of 40% required to pass course.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to calculate efficiently and reliably using standard procedures in the topics covered;
  2. Demonstrate basic conceptual understanding of the topics covered;
  3. Combine the methods taught in the course with each other and with prior mathematical learning to solve problems;
  4. Apply the ideas and techniques taught in straightforward modelling situations or novel contexts;
  5. Study mathematical materials independently and monitor their learning, managing their independent study time effectively.
Reading List
The main course material will be presented online. Additional references will be given to outside online material.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr George Kinnear
Tel: (0131 6)50 5052
Course secretaryMrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
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