MA0FMC-Further Mathematics and Computer Science

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:F
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MA0MAA Mathematics
Modules excluded: MA0FMS Further Mathematics B CS0CSC Computer Science EC0MFE Mathematics for Economics
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Paul Glaister

Email: p.glaister@reading.ac.uk

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

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

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; solve simple problems in C; use web browsers and word processors for Internet-based work and project assignment; make use of accurate language, where appropriate, including: grammar, sentence structure, spelling and academic style.

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the module students are expected to have enhanced their problem-solving skills and have demonstrated and applied their knowledge of appropriate key transferable academic skills in accordance with the IF0ACA syllabus.

Outline content:
The Mathematics component introduces the pure mathematics concepts of vectors and matrices, their properties and uses, 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. These ideas will be extended in degree programmes. The students will learn to program in C, gaining practical experience to supplement theory. The programming skills learnt are a good foundation for using further languages such as C++, C# and Java, which are used in degree programmes.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by small group tutorials and individual practical work. Regular exercise work in both the mathematics and computer science components tests progress and learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 38 40 20
Tutorials 9 10 5
Practicals classes and workshops 9 10 5
Guided independent study 99 110 45
       
Total hours by term 155.00 170.00 75.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Project output other than dissertation 10
Set exercise 2.5
Class test administered by School 17.5

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly marked homework

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 x 2 hour exams

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September with continuous assessment carried forward if it is to the advantage of the student.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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