Module Identifier MA12510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr R S Jones  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.  
Mutually Exclusive May not be taken at the same time as, or after, any of MA10020 to MA11410, MA12610, MA13610.  
Course delivery Lecture   22 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 x 1 hour example classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  100%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

Brief description

The purpose of this module is to introduce some of the basic ideas of mathematics to students without A-level qualifications in Mathematics but who require mathematics in their main subject. The syllabus includes basic set theory; functions and graphs; indices, exponentials and logarithms; rates of growth; recurrence relations, arithmetic and geometric progressions; matrices and determinants, solution of linear equations and elementary descriptive statistics.


To introduce students to some of the basic concepts of mathematics and to develop their manipulative skills.


1. REPRESENTATION OF NUMBER: Natural numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, different bases, fixed and floating point, the laws of indices, exponents, logarithms.
2. ALGEBRA: Rules of algebra, simplification of algebraic expressions, factorization, inequalities, the solution of linear and quadratic equations.
3. COMPLEX NUMBERS: Real and imaginary parts, modulus and argument, representation on the Argand diagram.
4. THE CONCEPT OF FUNCTION: Linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and inverse functions.
5. CALCULUS: Introduction to curves, tangents and the derivative of a function, the rules of differentiation, rates of change.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
D J Booth (1998) Foundation Mathematics 3rd. Addison-Wesley 0201342944


This module is at CQFW Level 4