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Traditional Engineering programmes often teach Engineering Mathematics theory in isolation from engineering practice. Whilst students taught through such programmes often exhibit detailed understanding of mathematical concepts, they struggle to apply their newly acquired mathematical knowledge to solving engineering problems. In contrast to this, the Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I (MMA I) module utilises mathematical modelling and simulation techniques as a pedagogic tool to integrate the acquisition and practice of mathematical concepts. This approach is underpinned by a suite of online mathematical support resources as well as a walk-in student-led Engineering Mathematics Support team.
|Title:||Mathematical Modelling and Analysis|
|Taught By:||Dr. Abel Nyamapfene (Module Coordinator)|
The mathematical concepts covered by the MMA I module are similar to those covered by more traditional first year Engineering Mathematics modules. However, unlike the traditional modules, the MMA I reinforces the engineering utility of these concepts by using relevant engineering-oriented titles rather than mathematics oriented titles.
|Syllabus Item||Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes|
|Building Mathematical Models||Introduces basic mathematical models and their implementation using MATLAB|
|Employ assumptions to simplify systems||Introduces the art of estimation and approximation in Engineering analysis and decision-making.|
|Engineering calculus||Reviews basic mathematical calculus with an emphasis on engineering applications|
|Engineering uncertainty||Introduces statistics and probability concepts and their significance and application to practical engineering|
|Analysing data||Introduces data modelling and fitting, including regression analysis, within engineering practice|
|Representing engineering systems and signals using complex numbers||Introduces the theory of complex numbers as a tool for modelling and analysing bimodal engineering quantities|
|Describing the world in 3-D, matrices and linear algebra||Describing the world in 3-D, Matrices and Linear algebra Introduces vectors, matrices and linear algebra and their importance in handling and manipulating multi-dimensional engineering data.|
|Engineering system modelling: Calculus and differential equations||Introduces and uses calculus and differential equations to model and analyse dynamic engineering systems|
Upon completion of this module students should be able to: