CEG8501 : Quantitative Methods for Engineering
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Caspar Hewett
- Lecturer: Professor Chris Kilsby
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of statistical and other quantitative methods, appropriate to research in water resources and hydroinformatics engineering disciplines. It is designed to provide the foundations for the mathematics and statistics that students will encounter in subsequent MSc modules related to Hydrology/Hydrogeology/ Hydroinformatics and Water Management.
This module provides students with a range of quantitative methods they will need when interpreting and analysing data and developing models in water resources and hydroinformatics.
The above aims will be achieved by adopting a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer-based workshops.
The subsequent, essentially engineering and technically-focussed modules, will provide the student with opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.
Outline Of Syllabus
Algebraic manipulation – linear and non-linear;
Solutions of simultaneous equations;
Probability & statistics;
Estimation and confidence limits;
Time series analysis;
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||1:00||4:00||Computer assessments - Blackboard class tests|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Supplementary reading (notes provided)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||0:30||10:00||Revision for Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Coursework (Regressions Analysis, Statistical Distributions & Time Series Analysis)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||3:00||3:00||Computer practical|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:30||18:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||10:00||10:00||Practice questions for self-assessment (provided)|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The rationale for the teaching methods employed on this module is to provide ample opportunity for students to try out problems, understand how the methods introduced are applied in in water resources and hydroinformatics engineering disciplines. Formal lectures are used to teach the skills necessary for statistical and other numerical techniques. Taught sessions typically consist of an hour of interactive lecture directly followed by an hour and a half of tutorial. During tutorial sessions, students are expected to apply methods learnt to solve mathematical and statistical problems. These sessions are supervised and help is given when needed to aid skill development. Students then undertake practical-based activities in which their new skills, knowledge and understanding can be reinforced including, for example, statistical analysis. The computer-based workshop (practical) is intended both to introduce students to modelling tools/data manipulation and to consolidate learning by drawing on examples introduced in lectures and tutorials.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||50||Open book written examination|
|Report||1||M||50||Coursework using Regressions Analysis, Statistical Distributions & Time Series Analysis|
|Computer assessment||1||M||Self-assessment tests which test basic skills in mathematics and statistics.|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||practice questions|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessed by written examination and coursework. This format allows a student's knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods to be monitored, applied and tested. Assessment is split between:-
(a) Blackboard tests – self-assessment tests which monitor progress and test basic skills in mathematics and statistics (formative);
(b) Practice questions (formative);
(c) Coursework - which monitor development and application of data analysis skills in statistics;
(d) Exam - Which assesses knowledge and skills in numerical methods.
Formative assessments ((a) and (b) above) are intended to feed directly into tutorial sessions, giving students the opportunity to highlight areas of difficulty which can be reviewed in tutorials.