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SOEE1483 Foundation Mathematics for Social Sciences

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Graham Mann

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

This modue is not normally available to students with AS Level Maths Grade C or above.

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 1

Module replaces

SOEE1482 Mathematics for Environmental Social Science

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The Mathematics for Environmental Social Scientists module provides a foundation course for basic mathematics, making sure that all first year students have a good understanding of the mathematical concepts required for subsequent modules. Tutorials each week will assist with problem sheets to enable those who’ve attended to confidently tackle equations, calculations and graphs when they appear in other modules. Maths provides an indispensable toolbox of techniques, and all BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management and BA Environment and Business students will need to apply them at some point during their degree.


This module is designed to prepare students for further study in the environmental and natural sciences by providing them with key mathematical abilities and knowledge. Students will gain an understanding of key mathematical concepts and tools, to enable further study in environmental social sciences.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. develop an understanding of elementary mathematical theory
2. have experience in obtaining basic mathematical solutions, including unfamiliar problems
3. develop processing and interpretation of visual and written information
4. assimilate material from lectures and implement in mathematical problems
5. develop quantitative ability which will underpin future scientific endeavours
6. develop time management in performing tutorial sheets and 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
- data types, variance and probability
- correlation & regression, sampling & the normal distribution
- binomial and Poisson distributions & introduction to hypothesis testing.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

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

Weekly problem sheets to be done in tutorials and students private study. Answers are given on the VLE for these problems and the lecturer and post-grad tutors are available in the tutorials for assistance and feedback. Students need to manage their own learning using these problem sheets and can tailor the use of the tutorials and problems to their own learning styles.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssessed Problem worksheets15.00
AssignmentAssessed Problem worksheets15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The re-sit for this module will be by examination only.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

SOEE1481 to be timetabled together The re-sit for this module is by examination only.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:32


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