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Mathematics with a Modern Language

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Mathematics with a Modern Language
Withdrawn
University of Essex
University of Essex
Mathematical Sciences
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research
Languages, Cultures and Societies
BSC G1R9
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 MA101-4-FY Calculus Core 30
02 MA108-4-SP Statistics I Core 15
03 MA114-4-AU Linear Mathematics Core 15
04 Language (Advanced) or (Part 1 Intensive) option(s) from list Core with Options 30
05 Language (Part 2 Intensive) option(s) from list or (MA182-4-SP and MA181-4-AU) Compulsory with Options 30
06 MA199-4-FY Mathematics Careers and Employability Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 MA203-5-AU Real Analysis Compulsory 15
02 MA205-5-SP Optimisation (Linear Programming) Compulsory 15
03 MA206-5-AU Mathematical Methods Compulsory 15
04 MA207-5-AU Statistics II Compulsory 15
05 Language option(s) (Advanced or Proficiency) from list Core with Options 30
06 Option from list Optional 15
07 Option from list Optional 15
08 MA199-5-FY Mathematics Careers and Employability Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 MA302-6-SP Complex Variables and Applications Compulsory 15
02 MA303-6-AU Ordinary Differential Equations Compulsory 15
03 Language option(s) (Mastery or Proficiency level) from list Compulsory with Options 30
04 Mathematics option from list Optional 15
05 Mathematics option from list Optional 15
06 MA831-6-FY or Mathematics option(s) from list Optional 30
07 MA199-6-FY Mathematics Careers and Employability Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The teaching aims or this course are:

To equip students with a good level of mathematical knowledge, thereby giving them knowledge and skills that are currently in demand in mathematically oriented employment in business, commerce, industry, government service, the field of education and in the wider economy.

To produce graduates with at least approximately proficiency level of competence in a suitable modern language:

To provide students with a foundation for further study, research and professional development.

To produce graduates who are mathematically literate and capable of appreciating a logical argument.

To provide teaching which is informed and enhanced by the research activities of the staff.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Knowledge and understanding of the basic mathematical methods and techniques of linear mathematics, calculus and statistics that underpin the study of more advanced mathematical ideas.
A2 Knowledge and understanding of some of the ideas and methods used in mathematical proof of results in algebra, analysis, and discrete mathematics and familiarity with some specific examples.
A3 Knowledge and understanding of the power and potential pitfalls of computer use and mathematical computer packages, and experience in their use.
A4 Knowledge and understanding of the use of mathematics for modelling and as an investigative tool for the solution of practical problems. An appreciation of the importance of assumptions.
A5 Knowledge, eventually at expert level, of a modern language.
Learning Methods: Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in A1 - A4.

Students are also directed to reading from textbooks and material available online.

In some modules, understanding is enhanced through the production of a written report.

Language skills are acquired in appropriate classes, homework and use of computer-based materials.

Understanding is reinforced by means of classes (A1-A5), laboratories (A3, A4) and assignments (A1-A5).
Assessment Methods: Achievement of knowledge outcomes is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations and also, in some courses, through marked coursework, laboratory reports, statistical assignments, project reports and oral examinations (A1-A4).

Regular problem sheets provide formative assessment in all mathematics courses.

Methods employed to assess knowledge and understanding on Modern Languages courses typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g. essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials (A5).

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Identify an appropriate method to solve a specific mathematical problem.
B2 Analyse a given mathematical problem and select the most appropriate tools for its solution.
B3 Abstract and synthesise information from, and analyse, authenitc written and spoken language materials, and interact in the language coherently and articulately.
Learning Methods: The basis for intellectual skills in mathematics modules is provided in lectures and the skills are developed by means of recommended reading, guided and independent study, assignments and project work.

B1 and B2 are developed through exercises supported by classes.

B1 and B2 are all-important aspects of the projects that constitute a part of some modules and the optional final year project.

Language skills (B3) are acquired via group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of intellectual skills in mathematics modules is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked assignments and project work (B1 and B2).

Methods employed to assess cognitive skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework; unseen written exams; class tests and web-based assignments (B3).

C: Practical skills

C1 Use computational tools and packages.
C2 The ability to apply a rigorous, analytic, highly numerate approach to a problem.
C3 Organising and presenting (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in the specialist languages.
C4 Gathering and processing information from different sources.
Learning Methods: The practical skills of mathematics are developed in exercise classes, laboratory classes, assignments and project work.

C1 is acquired through the learning of at least one programming language and the use of a number of computer packages, as a part of the teaching of modules for which they are relevant.

C2 is acquired and enhanced throughout the course.

C3 is acquired through such methods as group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students.

C4 is acquired and enhanced throughout the course.
Assessment Methods: Achievement of practical skills C1 and C2 is assessed through marked coursework, project reports and oral examinations.

Methods employed to assess practical skills C3 and C4 typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate effectively mathematical arguments, and ideas and information in the chosen language.
D2 Use appropriate IT facilities as a tool in the analysis of mathematical problems, word processing, finding modern language materials etc.
D3 Use mathematical techniques correctly and apply them.
D4 Analyse complex problems and find effective solutions.
D5 Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team
D6 Working autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management
Learning Methods: D1 is practised throughout the course in the writing of solutions to mathematical problems, both for assessment and as exercises.

D2 is developed through the use of computer packages in a number of mathematics and modern languages modules.

D3 and D4 are developed and enhanced in all mathematics modules.

D5 is developed in various mathematics and language modules, through exercises and assessments.

D6 is developed and enhanced throughout the course.
Assessment Methods: D1 is assessed through coursework and oral examinations.

D2 is assessed primarily through coursework.

Assessment of the key skills D3 and D4 is intrinsic to subject-based assessment in mathematics.

D5 is assessed through group work in various mathematics and language modules.

Assessment of key skill D6 is mainly through successful submission of coursework etc.


Note

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