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Mathematics - ELE00030C

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Bissell
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

Engineering is built on a mathematical basis. Maths helps us to model the world, circuits, components, and to write computer code. This module helps you transition to university-level mathematics, with the aim of developing familiarity and fluency in the use of a range of fundamental mathematical tools for the design, modelling and analysis of engineering systems and signals.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To develop an understanding of the importance of mathematical tools for the modelling and analysis of engineering systems
  • To develop familiarity and fluency in a range of fundamental areas (including basic algebra, complex numbers and calculus)
  • To introduce and develop fluency in mathematical tools suitable for describing circuits and systems

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in basic numeric and algebraic techniques
  • To introduce MATLAB as a tool for data visualization and manipulation

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Display knowledge of a range of mathematical methods and be familiar with a number of basic formulae, relationships and their application
  • Be able to identify the appropriate mathematical tools required to solve a range of problems involving single­variable algebra and calculus
  • Be able to apply those methods, and carry out the associated calculations and manipulations required to work towards a solution
  • Be able to use a range of mathematical techniques for the analysis of dynamic systems, networks and multiple input and output systems

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to state basic technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to apply a range of commonly­encountered mathematical techniques to given problems
  • Have developed the basic mathematical skills required for solving scientific problems
  • Be able to use MATLAB to plot and analyse results


Task Length % of module mark
Continuous Assessment
N/A 20
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
8 hours 80

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Continuous Assessment
N/A 20
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
8 hours 80

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

Notes and readings will be provided in class.

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