MAT-10051 - Applied Mathematics
Coordinator: Martyn J Parker Tel: +44 1782 7 33261
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2020/21

This module is designed to help students appreciate mathematics as a method for describing and solving real-world problems. We introduce the mathematical modelling cycle that provides a conceptual model to study real-world problems. The mathematical and problem solving ideas will be developed through a number of short exercises and a project.

Aims
This module has the following aims:
1) to demonstrate mathematics as a method for describing and solving real-world problems;
2) to introduce the mathematical modelling cycle;
3) to illustrate the principles of the modelling cycle (simplify and represent; analyse and solve; interpret and evaluate; communicate and reflect) to a variety of real-world situations;
4) develop students ability to apply the modelling cycle to real-world problems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

use the mathematical modelling cycle;: 1,2,

apply the stages of the mathematical modelling cycle to a variety of real-world problems;: 1,2,

communicate, in an appropriate form, the results of the application of the modelling cycle to a variety of audiences.: 2,

Study hours

48 hours classes, including: lectures, tutorials and project preparation. The numbers of lectures and classes will vary from week to week.
12 hours exercise preparation.
90 hours private study.

School Rules

A Level Mathematics (or equivalent)

Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 30%
Approximately 3 assignments set at regular intervals.
Continuous assessment will consist of written coursework, problem sheets, class tests, or any combination thereof.

2: Project weighted 70%
A mathematical project
A three week mathematical project to test the theoretical and practical aspects of the module. The project requires the application of the modelling cycle to a given real-world problem. The output of the application of the modelling cycle is then communicated in a mathematical report that demonstrates the stages of the cycle's application (simplify and represent; analyse and solve; interpret and evaluate; communicate and reflect). The length of the report will not exceed eight sides of A4, not including appendices, but including figures and tables. Formatting guidelines will be provided.