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Maths II - ELE00004F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Bissell
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

Building on the foundations of the Maths 1 module, here we explore A level mathematics. We concentrate mainly on the A level topics that are needed for an electronic engineering degree to prepare you for Stage 1 of your degree in Electronic Engineering.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The module aims to develop students' knowledge and facility in mathematics for engineering.

Spring Term

Series – sigma notation, arithmetic and geometric progressions, the binomial series.

Logarithms and exponentials

Calculus - basic polynomial differentiation, tangents to a curve, curve sketching, rules of differentiation and application to basic functions, introduction to integration, trapezium rule.

Complex Numbers – Cartesian form and Argand diagrams, addition, multiplication, division, modulus, and solution of quadratic equations.

Trigonometry – trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations.

Introduction to numerical solutions of equations – computer based activity

Summer Term

Series – Maclaurin expansions

Further calculus - further differentiation, integration by substitution, by parts, using partial fractions and inverse trigonometric functions; integration of trigonometric functions

Matrices – addition, subtraction, multiplication, inverse and determinant of 2x2 matrices, solution of matrix equations, solution of simultaneous equations, application to geometry.

Vectors – introduction, dot product, cross product

Differential Equations – solution to first order ODEs

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to have knowledge of mathematics to a level appropriate for first year electronics degree programmes.


Task Length % of module mark
Maths II Assignments
N/A 20
Online Exam
Mathematics II Paper 1
N/A 40
Online Exam
Mathematics II Paper 2
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Mathematics II Paper 1
N/A 40
Online Exam
Mathematics II Paper 2
N/A 40

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

++ Stroud, KA, Engineering Mathematics: Programmes and Problems , Macmillan, 2001, 5th Edition. ISBN 9780333919392.

++ Bostock, L and Chandler, S, Core Mathematics for A-Level , Stanley Thornes, 1994. ISBN 0-74871-779-X.

+ Bostock, L, Chandler, S, Shepherd and Smith, GCSE Higher Mathematics: A Full Course , Macmillan, 1996. ISBN 0-74872-647-0.

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