This module runs in term 1 and is core for students with their home department in Statistics. It is NOT available for other students.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and relations using problem solving techniques such as visualisation and exploration of patterns. By learning to express mathematical ideas clearly and precisely students will further deepen their understanding and enhance their mathematical reasoning and communication skills.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
An introduction to mathematical thinking and writing covered through examples and applications from the areas such as logic, sets, functions, combinatorics, and discrete probability.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
K. Houston (2009) "How to think like a Mathematician", Cambridge University Press.
L.Alcock (2013) "How to study for a mathematics degree ", Oxford University Press.
K.Devlin (2003) "Sets, Functions, and Logic: an Introduction to Abstract Mathematics",
Chapman & Hall/CRC.
Ross, S. (2014). A first course in probability. Pearson.
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Type  Required 

Lectures  24 sessions of 1 hour (20%) 
Tutorials  8 sessions of 1 hour (7%) 
Private study  64 hours (52%) 
Assessment  26 hours (21%) 
Total  122 hours 
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading and practice exercises, working on problem sets and preparing for examination.
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Weighting  Study time  

Problem Sets  20%  24 hours 
There will be weekly problem sets, of which up to five will contribute towards your module mark. 

Online Examination  80%  2 hours 
The examination paper will contain four questions, of which the best marks of THREE questions will be used to calculate your grade. ~Platforms  Moodle

Weighting  Study time  

Online Examination  Resit  100%  
The examination paper will contain four questions, of which the best marks of THREE questions will be used to calculate your grade.

You will hand in answers to selected questions on the weekly problem sheets. Your work will be marked and returned to you in the tutorial taking place the following week when you will have the opportunity to discuss it.
Solutions and cohort level feedback will be provided for the examination and the results for the exam in December will be available by the end of Week 10 of Term 2.
This module is Core for: