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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Mathematical Concepts and Skills
Module Code MS111
School School of Mathematical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Turlough Downes
Semester 2: Turlough Downes
Autumn: Turlough Downes
Module TeachersTurlough Downes
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to core mathematical concepts and supports their development of proficiency in basic mathematical skills. The module focuses on the concepts of variable, equality, set, number, function, graph and logic, and introduces students to mathematical proofs.

Learning Outcomes

1. carry out algebraic manipulations proficiently in solving a selection of equations and inequalities and in determining the properties of a selection of functions;
2. demonstrate a working knowledge of key mathematical concepts (including variables, equations and equality, order and inequality, function, graph) in a variety of situations;
3. apply a selection of mathematical proof techniques;
4. solve problems relevant to the module content;
5. show how mathematical definitions are used in proofs and algorithms and use mathematical language correctly;
6. generate examples of the mathematical objects studied in the module.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18Lectures on course content
Group work12Weekly group-based workshop
Tutorial6Weekly tutorial
Independent Study89Independent study and revision
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

Variables and equations

Numbers, absolute value and inequalities


Functions I: sets and mappings; functions

Circles and triangles

Functions II: graphs and the coordinate plane

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationTwo loop forums based on course content which require participation (start one discussion, contribute to two others).10%n/a
Written Exam"Class Test" format written exam on course content.45%Week 3
Written ExamAs previous written assessment.45%Week 11
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 1
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