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SOES1010 Quantative Earth and Ocean Sciences

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To become familiar with the basic mathematical skills that are required to understand the relevant concepts within 1st and 2nd year Earth and ocean science modules. 2. To become confident in applying mathematical techniques to the Earth and ocean sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Solve basic mathematical problems using the following mathematical techniques: • Numbers, units and physical quantities • Basic arithmetic and algebra • Exponential and logarithmic functions • More advanced algebra • Basic trigonometry • Basic vector algebra • Basic differentiation • Basic integration • Probability and statistics
  • Recognise that the above mathematical techniques can be used to solve common Earth and ocean science problems.
  • Apply the above mathematical techniques to solve Earth and ocean science problems to the level that you will encounter in your 1st and 2st year modules.
  • Solve basic mathematical problems using the mathematical techniques identified above.
  • Apply the mathematical techniques identified above to common problems in Earth and ocean science.
  • Describe Earth and ocean science problems in a quantitative manner.

Syllabus

This module will teach you the basic mathematical skills necessary to quantitatively describe common Earth and ocean science problems. At the end of the module you will be able to apply these mathematical techniques to Earth and ocean science problems that you will encounter in your first and second year modules.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Short introductory lectures: will provide you with the skills necessary to solve basic mathematical problems and show you how to apply these skills to common Earth and ocean science problems. Short practical exercises: will immediately follow the lectures and are aimed at cementing your knowledge of the basic mathematical skills and helping you apply this knowledge to common Earth and ocean science problems. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Independent Study104
Tutorial22
Lecture24
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Method Weekly practical exercises: will be handed in at the end of each practical and returned the following week. Model answers will be available after each practical session. Practicals are for formative assessment only and marks will not count towards final module mark. Tests learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3. Mid- module examination (40%): a 2 hour written examination based on the course material covered by mid-module (Numbers, units and physical quantities; Basic arithmetic and algebra; Exponential and logarithmic functions; More advanced algebra). Questions will be presented in the same format as those encountered in the practical sessions. The questions will be designed to test your ability to apply the taught skills to novel problems, rather than to test recall of factual information. Tests learning outcome 3. End of module examination (60%): a 2 hour written examination based on the course material covered by end-of-module (Basic trigonometry; Basic vector algebra; Basic differentiation; Basic integration; Probability and statistics). Questions will be presented in the same format as those encountered in the practical session. The questions will be designed to test your ability to apply the taught skills to novel problems, rather than to test recall of factual information. Tests learning outcome 3.

Formative

Class practicals

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 40%
Examination  (2 hours) 60%
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