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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE1050 Foundation Mathematics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr JEJ Staggs

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE or equivalent in mathematics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students without A level mathematics (or equivalent) should have a key set of skills to enable their learning in future teaching of additional mathematics or in modules with significant mathematical skills requirements.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students should:
- Have the ability to manipulate basic mathematical expressions.
- Have a knowledge of basic mathematics, consistent with A-level standard, enabling them to pursue their studies in an engineering discipline at degree level.
- Have developed basic problem solving skills.


Basic algebra: algebraic fractions, rearranging expressions; straight lines, quadratic equations, trigonometry: trigonometric ratios, sine and cosine rules, the circular functions; exponential and logarithmic functions, differential calculus: first principles, product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, the second derivative, stationary points; an introduction to definite and indefinite integration.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Review of lectures (28 hours)
Problem/example sheets (22 hours)

Using web resources such as to practice techniques and solve problems (12 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Two mock open-book exams (40 minutes each) regularly spaced through the semester, preceding the main open-book exams. Class examples and problems sessions. Access to lecturer throughout the semester (via appointment) in either small groups or individually.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentFormative class test 10.00
In-course AssessmentFormative class test 20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 30/04/2019


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