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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1480 Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Christopher Wilson

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

Not normally available to students with AS Level Maths Grade C or above

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- develop an understanding of elementary mathematical theory;
- have experience in obtaining basic mathematical solutions, including unfamiliar problems;
- develop processing and interpretation of visual and written information;
- assimilate material from lectures and implement in assessed coursework;
- develop quantitative ability which will underpin future scientific endeavours;
- develop time management in performing assessed coursework.


The following topics are covered:
- algebra
- equations and formulae
- logarithms and exponentials
- trigonometry
- straight-line analysis
- sequences and series.
- solving coupled algebraic equations
- vectors
- differentiation
- introduction to integration.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours73.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

73 hours - reading course material, practising problems, solving assignments and preparing for the final exam. One-to-one help is available at regular drop-in sessions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The student’s progress is monitored by weekly exercise sets by providing assessed coursework every two weeks, plus regular formative assessment exercises on the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework exercises30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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)2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 04/09/2017


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