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Numerical Analysis (MSc) - MAT00069H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eric Dykeman
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module is for postgraduate students only.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

Additional information


  • Students should have taken an introduction to programming

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To introduce numerical approximation techniques for solving standard problems in Mathematics, and explain when and why they work.
  • To derive some of these techniques rigorously from first principles.
  • To explain how (packaged) computer software is able to produce numerical solutions, and to enable a judgement of whether the results are reliable.
  • To provide opportunities for implementing numerical techniques on a computer.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Derive elementary numerical methods from first principles.
  • Apply the numerical methods discussed to simple examples, using pen and paper (i.e., without the help of a computer).
  • Implement numerical methods using computer software, and apply them in examples.
  • Compute error estimates for simple numerical methods.
  • Judge under which circumstances a given numerical method is reliable.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Understand some elements of computer programming
  • Understand the concept of computer algorithms

Module content


  • Numerical errors
  • Root finding for functions of one variable
  • Root finding for functions of several variables
  • Solving linear equation systems
  • Interpolation by polynomials
  • Numerical integration
  • Numerical differentiation
  • Initial value problems for ordinary differential equations
  • Boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations
  • Partial differential equations


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Numerical Analysis
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

20% of the final exam comes from computer based assessments, and 20% of the final exam comes from written coursework.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Numerical Analysis
N/A 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the undergraduate student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

R L Burden and J D Faires, Numerical Analysis, Brooks/Cole

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