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Durham University

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Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2019-20. The current handbook year is 2020-21

Department: Mathematical Sciences


Type Open Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Calculus and Probability I (MATH1061) AND Linear Algebra I (MATH1071) AND (Programming and Dynamics I (MATH1041) OR Discovery Skills in Physics (PHYS1011) OR Computational Thinking (COMP1051))


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To develop skills in modelling the real world and the use of computers in solving them numerically


Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will: be able to model a range of problems drawn from the physical world.
  • Have acquired a range of programming skills in Python appropriate for solving a range of problems drawn from the physical world.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • In addition students will have the ability to undertake and defend the use of alternative mathematical skills in the following areas with minimal guidance: Modelling.
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures introduce the basic concepts.
  • Practical sessions develop and practice programming skills, and provide active engagement and feedback to the learning process.
  • Practical classes
  • Formative and summative assessments guide students in the correct development of their knowledge and skills. They are also an aid in developing students' awareness of standards required.
  • The assessments' written report will train students to write an extended report with precision and rigour of expression.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Directed Practical Classes 10 Weekly in Michaelmas 1 Hour 10
Standard Practical Classes 10 Weekly in Michaelmas 2 Hours 20
Preparation, Reading, Homework 50
Mini-Project 1 20
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Mini-Project Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Mini-Project Report 1 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Fortnightly or Weekly assignments.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University