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SFY0001 : Basic Mathematics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stuart Hall
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop mastery of the basic elements of elementary algebra, geometry and trigonometry. By the completion of the course students will have a thorough understanding of the basics of
elementary algebra, coordinate geometry and trigonometry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic algebra: (powers, brackets, fractions, etc.) Polynomials: roots, factorisation, completion of the square, etc. Solution of equations. Co-ordinate Geometry of the straight line and circle. Trigonometry: solution of triangles.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00In class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Formal lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Class Test Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:004:00Assignment Review.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study45:0020:00Working on formative written assignments.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:3026:30Studying the course material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to provide the formal framework of the module, demonstrated by the use of appropriate examples.

Tutorial classes will increase student understanding and will give students the opportunity to tackle problems in the presence of, and with advice and encouragement from, staff.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MClass Test, approx 60 minutes.
Written exercise1MClass Test, approx 60 minutes.
Written exercise1MApproximately four written assignments.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignments help students understand the material taught in the lectures. The in-class tests assess whether a student has learned the skills taught in the lectures, and whether they have learned how to apply these skills in practical situations; they also give feedback on progress. The examination is an appropriate form of assessment for students for material of this nature.

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