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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1481 Foundation Mathematics 1

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Daniel Hill

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

Module replaces

SOEE1480 Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists

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 mathematical problems;
- develop quantitative ability which will underpin future scientific endeavours;
- 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
- vectors
- differentiation
- introduction to integration.

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

The student’s progress is monitored by weekly tutorial sheets and one piece of assessed coursework, plus formative exercises on Minerva.

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
AssignmentProblem worksheet15.00
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
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Resits will be assessed through a single 2 hour exam.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/08/2020 15:10:29


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