Module Identifier MA12510  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr T McDonough  
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, MA10020.  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours. (22 x 1 hour lectures)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours. (11 x 1 hour example classes)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours (written examination)  100%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours (written examination)  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:
1. explain the difference between integers, rational and irrational numbers and work in different number bases;
2. manipulate numbers and symbols using the operations of algebra;
3. simplify algebraic expressions and inequalities;
4. solve linear and quadratic equations algebraically;
5. define a function and its domain and range;
6. differentiate polynomials, logarithmic and exponential functions.

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