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Mathematics for Natural Science - International Foundation

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Module description

This module will provide you with an in-depth introduction to major mathematics topics required for successful undergraduate study. The module is delivered through a combination of theoretical lectures and problem-solving tutorials. These will support you in manipulating your knowledge of these key concepts so that you are able to apply them and discuss them in familiar contexts. This will also support you in beginning to understand more complex applications.

Assessment details

You are assessed through a combination of coursework (50%) and final exam (50%).

Educational aims & objectives

  • To provide you with an understanding of the main functional areas of mathematics
  • To develop an understanding of the use of relevant mathematical techniques and how to apply them in relevant contexts

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will:

  • Have the mathematical background knowledge to start an undergraduate programme in a range of numerate subjects.

  • Have the understanding of mathematical techniques to solve simple problems in these subjects.

  • Understand which mathematical techniques are appropriate for any given simple problem.

  • Be equipped to suggest ways to model mathematically simple concepts in physical sciences.

Suggested reading list

During your programme you will be required to do a lot of reading. It is not necessary to purchase all books, but you should try and ensure you have access to some of the following:

Required Textbook Recommended Textbooks

L. Bostock and S. Chandler “Core Maths for Advanced Level” 3rd Edition, Nelson Thornes (2000)

ISBN-13: 978-0748755097, ISBN-10: 0748755098

Neill, H & Quadling, D (2005), Cambridge Advanced Mathematics: Core 1 &2, Cambridge University Press


Neill, H & Quadling, D (2005), Cambridge Advanced Mathematics: Core 3 & 4, Cambridge University Press


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