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CME1026 : Computing and Numerical Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Chris O'Malley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module comprises two parts: “Numerical Methods” and “Programming in MATLAB” and is delivered over two semesters. In semester 1 the module aims to provide students with an introduction to theory and principles associated with some common numerical methods for engineering problem solving. In semester 2 the module aims to provide an introductory course in computer programming in MATLAB and Simulink.

Outline Of Syllabus

Key themes for semester 1: Analytical solutions versus numerical solutions; Root finding algorithms; Numerical integration; Numerical solutions of ODEs; Solutions of set of algebraic equations; Least-squares approximation; Use of the SIMULINK to solve these types of problems.

Key themes for semester 2: Introduction to the MATLAB software environment; matrix handling; basic MATLAB commands; MATLAB scripts and functions; flow controls; plotting; program debugging; flowcharts and problem solving.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Semester 2 lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Semester 1 Examination and preperation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Semester 2 Completion of the MATLAB & Simulink Assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Semester 1 (Present in person)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities73:0021:00Semester 1 (asynchronous) Watch video example calculations. Completion of tutorial sheets.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Semester 1 (Pip) Simulink Workshop (50% of Cohort per session)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Semester 1 (Pip) Tutorial sessions to help with student problems from the tutorial sheets
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops83:0024:00Semester 2 Computing Labs (50% of Cohort per session)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:006:00General reading around MATLAB functions and associated material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials introduce basic knowledge and techniques. Tutorial work sheets reinforce acquired knowledge and sharpen problem solving skills. Assignments develop software skills and ability to use knowledge in problem solving tasks. Practical classes support the learning introduced in lectures through hands on experience with software. Examination will test the ability of the students to tackle unseen problems and select appropriate techniques to solve them. The students gain practical experience of applying the concepts introduced throughout the course to a number of problems varying in terms of complexity.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Closed Book Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M50Solving Euler’s method problems by hand and validating the results using software (both Simulink and MATLAB).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination will test the learning outcomes around problem solving of Chemical Engineering type problems

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