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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 11:01:29

Title of Module: Mathematics for Computing

Code: MATH07005 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Wan  R.  Mekwi

Summary of Module

This is a foundation level module in mathematics and statistics, supported by suitable technology. The module covers an elementary understanding in algebra, matrix algebra, set theory, statistics and probability. It aims to provide participants with the foundations required in order to tackle, in their future studies, more mathematically based computing subjects such as database systems and data compression schemes.

The content of the mathematical material will primarily focus on working with formulae, including the use of scientific notation, the solution of common types of basic equations, and the use of powers. The ideas of exponentials and logarithms will be mentioned. The essentials of set theory will be covered. Matrices will be introduced, along with standard matrix algebra.

The emphasis in the statistical material will be on the use of diagrams and summary measures to inform coherent interpretations of descriptive univariate statistics. The essential laws of probability will also be covered. Using the output from suitable software participants will statistically analyse, and calculate probabilities from, data. Participants will also use said software to create reports including tables/charts.

The Graduate Attributes relevant to this module are given below:

  • Academic: Critical thinker; Analytical; Inquiring; Knowledgeable; Problem-solver; Digitally literate; Autonomous.
  • Personal: Effective communicator; Motivated; Resilient
  • Professional: Collaborative; Ambitious; Driven.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Perform the basic processes of arithmetic, algebra, matrices and set theory correctly.

L2. Use a range of standard techniques for displaying and analysing statistical data.

L3. Make valid interpretations of results in basic mathematical and statistical contexts.

L4. Use suitable computer software to perform and display appropriate analyses.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrating basic competence in the application of mathematical or statistical techniques, as appropriate, to the solution of problems.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Using basic techniques of calculation in solving standard mathematical or statistical problems, as appropriate, and drawing valid conclusions from these.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Using a range of methods to analyse well-defined problems in relevant mathematical or statistical contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Using suitable software to obtain results to basic mathematical or statistical problems, as appropriate, and making valid interpretations of the output.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working autonomously to produce individual output on basic mathematical and statistical problems.

Collaborating with others in a group context to solve basic mathematical and statistical problems.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:SQA National 5 in Mathematics (Grade C or above) or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
An appropriate blend of subject matter delivered in lectures and supported by a suitable mix of tutorials and computer laboratories.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity3
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop3
Independent Study82
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Suitable software such as Microsoft WORD and EXCEL.

Course notes on the University VLE.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Kenneth Nisbet
External ExaminerP Wilson
Accreditation DetailsThis module forms part of a number of programmes accredited by the BCS.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment (50% of the final mark). This group exercise will involve the execution of appropriate statistical analysis and will use suitable software.
Class Tests (50% of the final mark). This will involve appropriate mathematical and/or statistical analyses, as required.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 3.5 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student satisfying the pre-requisite.

Suitable assistance will be provided where appropriate.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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