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Mathematics 0C1

Unit code: MATH19821
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 1
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by School of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit?: N




The course unit aims to: provide a basic course in calculus and algebra to students in the Foundation Year with no post-GCSE mathematics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding: Be familiar with simple algebra, functions, geometry and basic differentiation.

Intellectual skills: Be able to carry out routine operations involving the topics in the syllabus

Transferable skills and personal qualities: Have a set of tools and methods that can be applied in the courses given in the host department or in subsequent years.

Assessment methods

  • Other - 25%
  • Written exam - 75%

Assessment Further Information

Coursework 1 (week 5); Weighting within unit 7.5%

Coursework 2 (week 10); Weighting within unit 7.5%

Computer assignments; Weighting within unit 10%

2 hours end of semester 1 examination; Weighting within unit 75%


3 lectures : Revision of numbers, arithmetic operations, brackets, algebraic manipulation

3 lectures : Powers, roots, the exponential and logarithmic functions

2 lectures : Solving simple equations, including quadratics

2 lectures : Right-angled trigonometry. trigonometric identities

3 lectures : The standard functions, circular measure and the trigonometric functions

4 lectures : Simple coordinate geometry, straight lines, circles, points of intersection, slopes

3 lectures : Differentiation, derivatives of the standard functions, products, quotients, and 'function of a function'

2 lectures : Maxima and minima, simple graph sketching

Recommended reading

CROFT, A & DAVISON, R. 2010. Foundation Maths (5th ed.) Pearson Education, Harlow. (ISBN9780273730767)

BOOTH, D. 1998. Foundation Mathematics (3rd ed.). Addison-Wesley, Harlow. (ISBN0201342944)

BOSTOCK, L., & CHANDLER, S. 1994. Core Maths for A-level (2nd ed.). Thornes, Cheltenham. (ISBN9780748717798)

Study hours

  • Lectures - 24 hours
  • Tutorials - 12 hours
  • Independent study hours - 64 hours

Teaching staff

Sean Prendiville - Unit coordinator

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