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Mathematics I - ELE00011F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. John Robinson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Mathematics lies at the heart of engineering and the physical sciences. We use mathematics to model circuits, devices, sound, vision, and even the human brain. This module introduces you to basic level mathematics which will set you up for all subsequent modules. The topics covered revise key GCSE-level mathematics leading to introductory A-level material.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

The module aims to develop students' knowledge and facility in mathematics for engineering and the physical sciences, especially the core topics of algebra, geometry, and graphical analysis.

Module learning outcomes

  • Algebra: basic algebraic manipulation; expansion and factorisation; indices; solution of linear and quadratic equations; simultaneous equations; linear and quadratic inequalities.

  • Geometry: area and volumes of simple shapes; introduction to coordinate geometry; straight line graphs; quadratic graphs.

  • Trigonometry: basic trigonometric functions; right angled triangles; similar triangles; radians; the sine and cosine rule.

  • Analysis: Introduction to functions and graphs; exponential function; logarithms; polynomials; transformation of graphs.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Maths I Written Examination
2 hours 60
Maths I : Multiple Choice Quiz 3
N/A 10
Maths I : Multiple Choice Quiz 4
N/A 10
Quiz : Maths I : problems 1
N/A 10
Quiz : Maths I : problems 2
N/A 10

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Coursework is non-reassessable. Exam is reassessable and will be combined with original coursework mark.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Mathematics I Reassessment Exam
2 hours 60

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.

The School of PET 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. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School 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, K.A,, Foundation Mathematics , Palgrave-Macmillan (2009)

  • Bostock, L and Chandler, S, Core Maths for Advanced Level , Oxford University Press, 3rd Ed. (2014)

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