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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Engineering Mathematics I
Module Code EM121
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Bryan MacDonald
Semester 2: Bryan MacDonald
Autumn: Bryan MacDonald
Module TeachersBryan MacDonald
Patrick Bradley
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Resit of formal examination only

The aims of the modules are - To introduce engineering students to the central role that mathematics plays in the development and practice of engineering. To motivate the comprehension and use of important analytical concepts, calculus methods and linear mathematics fundamental to engineering. To help students to begin to develop the skill of analysing problems in a rational (rigorous, logical) and methodical manner. To develop the students’ ability to transfer their mathematical understanding (and the associated methods) to diverse engineering application areas. To introduce students to mathematical computation, realisation and visualisation using Matlab. To help students towards self-diagnosis and self-help in filling gaps in their mathematical education.

Learning Outcomes

1. Use vectors and associated coordinate systems appropriately in the representation and manipulation of measured quantities
2. Manipulate algebraic expressions.
3. Appropriately apply and manipulate real-valued functions commonly used in engineering applications
4. Demonstrate a repertoire of problem-solving skills and an ability to generalise and transfer ideas, appropriate to simple engineering applications of mathematical concepts;
5. Make effective use of a mathematical software tool such as Matlab in understanding, solving and visualising simple engineering mathematics problems;
6. Use references to appropriately acknowledge the work of others in any work that they submit for assessment
7. Demonstrate self-learning skills for the use of mathematical techniques in engineering contexts, with particular reference to (i) recognising and remedying gaps in their mathematical knowledge and (ii) developing strategies for life-long learning;
8. Use mathematical terminology and formulae to communicate effectively to other technically literate people

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Formal lectures
Laboratory4Matlab based practical assessment of numerical methods in mathematics
Tutorial12Practical exercises that apply theory learned in lectures
Online activity40Online homeworks due every two weeks with immediate feedback (via webworks)
Independent Study33No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Review of algebraic techniques

Coordinate Systems


Real valued function concepts



Standard functions


Rational functions

Trigonometric & exponential functions

Introduction to Calculus

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationHomework problems entered into Webworks25%Every Second Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • K.A. Stroud: 2020, Engineering Mathematics, 8th Edition, Red Globe Press, 978-135201027
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HDEATH.Dip Engineering Analysis & Technology
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
Date of Last Revision26-JAN-12

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