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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1301 Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists

10 creditsClass Size: 85

Module manager: Dr Alex Rap

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

A-Level Maths or AS-Level Maths (grade A-D) or over 60% in SOEE 1480 or equivalent.

Note: students must contact the module leader if they have taken A-Level Further Maths units as they may be excluded from SOEE1301 but eligible to enrol on SOEE1311 or SOEE2430. Contact the module leader or your programme manager if you have any questions.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Review of differentiation and integration
2. Manipulate complex numbers
3. Solve ordinary differential equations, including first and second order
4. Taylor series
5. Introduction to partial derivatives

Skills outcomes
The module places considerable emphasis on:
- recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles;
- applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems;
- solving numerical problems using computer and non-computer based techniques;
- developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills).

The module places moderate emphasis on:
- analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research;
- preparing, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages;
- using the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information;
- identifying and working towards targets for personal, academic and career development.

The module places some emphasis on:
- collecting and integrating several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses;
- receiving and responding to a variety of information sources (eg textual numerical, verbal, graphical);
- developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.


1. Differentiation (including vector differentiation) and integration
2. Complex numbers
3. Ordinary differential equations
4. Taylor series
5. Introduction to partial derivatives

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Assessed exercises: 6 hours
- Non-assessed exercises: 46 hours
- Private study and revision: 15 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Example sheets with model solutions are provided at the start of each topic. Students study these as part of the learning process.
- Further examples sheets (not assessed) are provided for students to work on independently.
- Assistance with these may be given at practical classes but solutions are only provided after the topic is completed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 assessment15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/03/2015


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