Further Mathematics & Computer Science

Number of credits: 40

Entry requirements: GCSE C Mathematics or equivalent

Aims

To achieve a solid grounding in the some of the aspects of vectors, mechanics and differential equations at the standard of A-level. To appreciate basic computer hardware and applications, to solve simple programming problems using C programming language. To ensure that students can deal with these areas to a standard which will support entry to an undergraduate degree programme.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • carry out simple manipulation of and operation of vectors and matrices and apply them
  • solve simple first-order differential equations
  • evaluate determinants and solve systems of linear equations
  • solve simple problems in particle mechanics
  • describe operation of some computer components
  • use spreadsheets, web browsers, email
  • solve simple problems in Pascal.

Additional outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to have enhanced their problem-solving skills.

Outline content

The mathematics component introduces the concepts of vectors and matrices, their properties and uses, more advanced pure mathematics such as transformations, and some applied mathematics in the form of elementary particle mechanics and first order differential equations. The Computer Science component begins with the basics aspects of computer hardware, software and applications. In the first term students will gain practical experience of using commercial applications such as a word processor and spreadsheets on IBM Compatible Personal Computers (PCs). During the second and third terms students learn to program a computer using the Pascal Language. Students currently use the Delphi environment which is readily available for PCs. The programming skills learnt are a good foundation for using further languages such as Object Pascal, C++ and Java, all of which are used in the degree programme.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods

Lectures supported by small group tutorials and individual practical work.

Student views of this module 

Aluko Abimbola (Nigeria)
'I chose to study Further Mathematics because it is combined with Computer Science which I need for my degree course.
Motion and projectiles have been the most interesting aspect of the module and I have found vectors to be the most challenging.
My advice to students studying this module in the future is that Further Maths is not as hard as some students thought.  You need to work had and practise hard and to go to all the tutorials.'

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