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This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Mathematical Sciences

MATH2637: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING II

Type Open Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2021/22 Module Cap 94 Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • Calculus I (MATH1061) AND Linear Algebra I (MATH1071) AND (Programming I (MATH1587) and Dynamics I (MATH1607) OR Discovery Skills in Physics (PHYS1011) OR Computational Thinking (COMP1051))

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

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

Content

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 and provide general feedback.
  • Practical sessions develop and practice programming skills, and provide active engagement and feedback to the learning process.
  • Weekly clinics will be used to support the practicals and give student an opportunity to consolidate their learning.
  • 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 two assessed Mini-Projects (one formative and one summative) 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
Lectures 10 Weekly in Michaelmas 1 Hour 10
Practical Classes 10 Weekly in Michaelmas 2 Hours 20
Clinics 10 Weekly in Michaelmas 2 Hour slot; expectation is just a few minutes per student
Preparation, Reading, Homework 50
Formative 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. Formative Mini-Project.


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