Module Identifier | MA12710 | ||

Module Title | A ROUGH GUIDE TO MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS | ||

Academic Year | 2001/2002 | ||

Co-ordinator | Dr V Mavron | ||

Semester | Semester 2 | ||

Other staff | Dr J Lane, Dr Robert Douglas | ||

Mutually Exclusive | May not be taken with any of the modules MA10020-MA11310 | ||

Course delivery | Lecture | 20 x 1 hour lectures | |

Workshop | 11 x 2 hour help-desk (attendance optional) | ||

Assessment | In-course assessment | 2 x 1-hour in-course tests, each held during a lecture period. (25% each) | 50% |

Exam | 2 Hours (written examination) | 50% | |

Resit assessment | The mark for any passed component of the semester assessment (in-course tests and written examination) is carried forward;
2-hour written examination (remaining percentage).
| 100% |

The module will enhance a student's employment prospects through developing proficiency in the application of quantitative skills. The module is designed for students pursuing degree schemes with little or no mathematical content. Students are not expected to have formal mathematical training beyond GCSE level. Elementary techniques in formulating and solving problems and in interpreting summarized data will be studied. Among the topics covered with be (i) mathematical notation, (ii) percentages, interest, instalment buying, annuities and mortgages, (iii) graphs of simple functions, (iv) chance and probability, (v) interpreting tables and diagrams, (vi) formalizing logical propositions, (vii) methods of encoding information.

The main aim of this module is to enhance a student's employment prospects through developing proficiency in the application of quantitative skills. The module is designed for students pursuing degree schemes with little or no mathematical content. Students are not expected to have formal mathematical training beyond GCSE level. Techniques covering quantitative skills, problems of everyday finance, encoding and interpreting data, and logical reasoning will be taught using appropriate case studies.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- apply formulae involving percentages, interest and rates of change to solve financial problems;
- formulate simple quantitative problems and solve them;
- recognize and analyze trends and patterns;
- calculate probabilities and make appropriate decisions;
- interpret, and draw inferences from, summarized data and diagrams;
- use basic propositional logic to make inference from a set of statements.

W. M. Setek and M. A. Gallo. (1999)

D. K. Hathaway. (2000)

T. Pirnot. (2001)

A. Angel, S. Porter. (2001)