2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
NATS2380 Mathematical Skills for Natural Scientists
10 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Dr Daniel Stone
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
|CHEM1181||Mathematics for Chemists|
|NATS1380||Introductory Mathematics for Natural Scientists|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CHEM1281||Mathematical Tools for Chemists|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module introduces mathematical tools and methods beyond the A-level syllabus that are necessary to gain a full understanding of Natural Sciences. It emphasises problem solving and makes extensive use of scientific examples. The teaching methods include lectures and problem-solving workshops.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should have gained confidence and proficiency in a set of mathematical manipulations appropriate to the study of a range of disciplines within Natural Sciences and be able to apply these to relevant scientific problems.
1. The students will have extended their knowledge in the application of mathematics to solve problems in Natural Sciences.
2. The students will extended the mathematical background necessary for further study of uses of mathematics in Natural Sciences.
3. The students will develop additional understanding of mathematical principles and an appreciation of mathematics as a logical and coherent subject.
4. The students develop a range of mathematical skills, and become able to apply mathematics also in the context of everyday situations.
5. The students will develop the ability to analyse problems logically and, when appropriate, to tackle problems mathematically.
Aspects of mathematics that have wide application in Natural Sciences but fall beyond the A-level syllabus, in particular within linear algebra, calculus and statistics. Specific applications of the associated mathematical methods and tools in Natural Sciences.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Office Hour Discussions||5||1.00||5.00|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||53.00|
|Total Contact hours||27.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyMuch of the private study time will consist of problem solving. Students will be provided with lists of practice problems in the classroom and will be advised to attempt problems from the books in the reading list. Some but not all of the exercises in the lists of practice problems will be attempted in the problem-solving workshops. As usual, private study will also involve revision of class materials, lecture notes, and textbook reading.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackIn problem-solving workshops students will have the opportunity to discuss their work, along with technical issues and problem-solving approaches, directly with staff.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||A single online test that can only be taken once’||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Examined with CHEM1181.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:18
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