SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1G125178
Module Leader Anita Meldrum
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCE Higher Mathematics or equivalent

Summary of Content

Basic Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Matrices, Complex Numbers There is no (0%) Work Based Learning and Assessment content in this module.


Algebra: Application of algebraic techniques to the manipulation of mathematical expressions including indices, trigonometrical, logarithmic and exponential functions; transposition of formulae and equations, analytical and numerical solutions of simple equations. Trigonometry: Radian measure, trigonometrical identities, sine and cosine rules; selected examples of solution of trigonometrical equations with the aid of identities. Co-ordinate Geometry: Determination of equations of straight lines and circles, equations of tangents and normals, determination of points of intersection. Matrices: Addition, subtraction, multiplication; inverse of a matrix, determinants; solution of equations. Calculus: First and second order derivatives of algebraic, trigonometrical, exponential and logarithmic functions including function of a function, product and quotient rules; applications to problems involving gradients of curves, rates of change and optimisation; standard integrals involving algebraic, trigonometrical and exponential functions; applications to indefinite and definite integrals.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. manipulate mathematical expressions, formulae and equations by applying the basic rules of algebra2. solve linear, quadratic and simultaneous equations3. solve trigonometrical equations with the aid of identities4. derive the equations of straight lines and circles and thereby solve problems of co-ordinate geometry5. solve systems of linear equations using matrices and determinants6. differentiate mathematical expressions by using standard rules7. apply differential calculus to rates of change and maximisation/minimisation problems8. integrate mathematical expressions by using standard rules9. solve problems involving the application of indefinite and definite integrals.GCU: A1Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs: 1.3-1.5, 5.1

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Traditional lectures will be supported by tutorials/seminars/computer laboratories with continuous assessment in the form of coursework/class tests.

Indicative Reading

Breach, M. Essential Maths for Engineering & Construction. How to Avoid Mistakes. Spon Press 2011.

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge of Basic Calculus

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 42.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Class Test week 12A
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Exam week 14B