SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1G124706
Module Leader Calum MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module provides grounding in a range of mathematical topics including partial fractions, expansion of binomial, inequalities, vectors, trigonometry, matrices, differential and integral calculus. Applications of the mathematics are considered whenever appropriate.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Algebra: Partial fractions, Inequalities, Binomial expansion, Vector algebra-vectors and scalars, Cartesian components, scalar and vector products and their applications. Trigonometry: Trigonometric identities and equations, solutions of trigonometric equations, Modeling waves using sinusoidal graphs combining waves. Matrices & Determinants: Basic operations of matrices, properties of determinants, inverse of a matrix, solving simultaneous linear equations using Cramer's rule, inverse technique, Rank of matrix and test for consistency of system of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen Vectors. Differential Calculus: Limits and Continuity, Methods of differentiation, differentiation of parametric equations, implicit functions and logarithmic differentiation, Tangent and normal, velocity, acceleration, turning points, maxima and minima, partial differentiation. Integral Calculus: Indefinite and definite integrals, integration by parts and by substitution methods, Areas under and between curves, Length of curve, Volume of solids and Surface area.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Manipulate mathematical expressions which are relevant to engineering (AM1, AM5)2. Perform operations using vectors (AM1, AM5)3. Solve simple trigonometric equations with the aid of identities(AM1, AM5)4. Sketch a sinusoidal function and model it mathematically(AM5) 5. Apply matrices & determinants in solving simultaneous linear equations and test for consistency of system of equations(AM1, AM5)6. Determine the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a given matrix(AM1, AM5)7. Differentiate functions using the chain, product and quotient rules(AM1)8. Apply the knowledge of derivatives in determining the nature of turning points of a curve and in other applications(AM1)9. Compute partial derivatives of functions of several variables and apply on homogeneous functions(AM1)10. Evaluate definite and indefinite integrals using appropriate rules (AM1)11. Apply the knowledge of integration in application problems(AM1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Combination of lectures and tutorials: Lectures: 4 hours/week and Tutorials: 2 hours/week Lectures will be used to convey basic concepts and principles with explanatory examples. Tutorials hours will be used to reinforce the module material taught during the lectures

Indicative Reading

Croft A., (2001) Engineering Mathematics . Pearson Education.

Transferrable Skills

Through the study of a variety of mathematical techniques, the student will develop his/her analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Quizzes - FormativeWritten Assignment with questions Summative
Exam (Exams Office) n/a 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination for 2 hours duration
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Midterm Test - Unseen written exam for 1½ hours duration