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Module Details

SK080-4-AU-CO: Maths And Stats For Academic Study

Year: 2018/19
Department: Talent Development Centre
Essex credit: 0
ECTS credit: 0
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Ms Hansa Bissoondeeal, Dr Matthew Reynolds
Teaching Staff: Ms Hansa Bissoondeeal, Dr Matthew Reynolds
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The module covers the basic numeracy and mathematical skills needed in the first year of courses offered by the following departments: Economics, Biological Sciences, Essex Business School, Psychology, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and Sports Science. The syllabus covers the basic mathematics of number work, statistics, approximation, linear equations and graph work to ensure that all students have acquired the basic skills that will be of use to them during the first year of their studies. The class teaching and notes cover the syllabus content and the associated work in the classes develops the students' skills.

Module aims
- To ensure that students from a wide range of educational backgrounds have a broad understanding of basic numerical skills.
- To encourage and develop the ability to acquire mathematical knowledge and skills from lectures, lecture notes and class work exercises.
- To develop students' ability to use these skills in their individual courses.
- To equip students with the basic mathematical techniques needed to solve related problems in their courses.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module a student will demonstrate:
- knowledge of basic numberwork;
- appropriate use of approximation in numerical calculations;
- knowledge of units of measurement and conversion between them;
- knowledge of linear and quadratic expressions and equations;
- knowledge of basic trigonometry, vectors and matrices.

The syllabus covers the following topics:
- basic arithmetic and number work
- algebra: formulae; solution of linear and quadratic equations; basic logarithms; inequalities; simple trigonometric ratios; introduction to vectors and matrices
- graphical representation of linear and quadratic functions; gradient
- basic statistics, averages, forms of representation of statistical data

There is no formal assessment of this module. At the end of the module the students are invited to take an assessment test which is similar to the diagnostic assessment test taken by all year 1 students in the relevant departments in week 1. The results of this test in week 10 are given to the students and departments.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching Methods

The module is delivered via a weekly two-hour class for small groups of students. The classes are used to teach the lecture material and to consolidate it with exercises. There are eight two-hour classes, over the period from week 3 to 10.

Learning support

Lecture material is provided using PowerPoint presentations, which are later emailed to students as lecture notes and are also available on Moodle. All lecture notes include page references for the recommended text book. Class work exercise sheets are used in the weekly classes; these include solutions.

Learning material and class work exercise sheets (including solutions) used in the weekly classes are available on Moodle.

Students are also recommended to make full use of the Talent Development Centre Advisors. Free one-to-one academic skills sessions may be booked by contacting the TDC Helpdesk Administrator by email or on ext. 4834 or by visiting the Helpdesk on the Ground Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre,.


Other information

Students are also recommended to make use of the 1:1 academic advising service which is based at the Talent Development Helpdesk on the ground floor of the Silberrad Student Centre. The TDC team can support upskilling and development in the areas of Academic Skills, English Language and Maths/Statistics through free 1:1 or small-group sessions which can be booked at the Helpdesk.


Please note: Due to differing publication schedules, some of this information is based upon the previous academic year.

Teaching Materials

Available via (ORB) Online Resource Bank.

Lecture Recording

Of 64 hours, 32 (50%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
30 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


  • Recommended textbook:
  • Croft, A and Davidson, R (2010) Foundation Maths (5th ed) Prentice Hall.

Further information