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XJEL1702 Engineering Mathematics

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Professor Christoph Walti

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. If it is not possible to deliver traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and practical classes, we may need to substitute alternative (online) formats of delivery and amend the timetable accordingly. ‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of online sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


This module provides an opportunity to revise essential engineering mathematics concepts and to develop understanding in new areas of mathematics applicable to engineering.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Manipulate basic algebraic expressions.
2. Use trigonometric functions and perform calculations involving triangle and circle geometry.
3. Sketch trigonometric, exponential, natural log and polynominal functions.
4. Explain the connection between derivative and slope and quote the derivatives of basic functions.
5. Identify stationary points and classify the stationary points of simple functions.
6. Quote the general form of the Maclaurin and Taylor series, and determine the series of basic functions.
7. Quote the indefinite integrals of basic functions, integrate by parts, and use substitutions to evaluate integrals.
8. Perform a simple partial fraction expansion of a function and use it to integrate.
9. Add, subtract, multiply and divide complex numbers and apply De Moivre's theorem.
10. Add and subtract two-dimensional and three-dimensional vectors and calculate scalar and vector products.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Exponential functions
Logarithms and natural logarithms
Logarithmic scales
Application to calculate decibel quantities and decibel changes
Hyperbolic functions
Principle of differentiation
Differentiation of standard functions
Differentiation of a product and a quotient
Chain rule
Differentiation from first principles
Practical application of differentiation
Determination of maxima and minima
Taylor and Maclaurin series
Series expansion of exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
Principle of integration
Integrals of standard functions
Methods of integration: substitutions, integration by parts and via partial fractions
The trapezium rule
Vectors: Practical examples of vector quantities
Vector notations
Addition and substraction of vectors in 2 and 3 dimensions
Scalar product, Vector product and Scalar triple product
Complex numbers: Cartesian and polar forms
Argand diagrams and vector representation
Arithmetic of complex numbers
De Moivre's theorem
Complex roots of equations: complex solutions of the quadratic formula
Complex roots of polynomials
Graphical interpretation
Complex representation of sine & cosine & analogy with hyperbolic functions

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 110.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 14/12/2021 16:44:58


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