Foundation Algebra and Functions - MAST0017

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Tom Bennett checkmark-circle


Algebra: simplifying expressions and rearranging formulae, indices, surds, algebraic fractions, quadratic equations and the discriminant, completing the square and turning points of quadratics, simultaneous equations, inequalities, manipulating and factorising polynomials, polynomial long division, binomial expansions, exponentials and logarithms, equations involving exponentials, partial fractions.
Functions and graphs: sketching and recognising the graphs of elementary functions (powers of x, exponential, etc.) and the modulus function, the link between algebra and geometry, roots, points of intersection of curves, simple graph transformations.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 37
Private Study: 113
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Assessment 1 (10-15 hrs) 20%
Assessment 2 (10-15 hrs) 20%
Examination (2 hours) 60%

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate understanding of the basic body of knowledge associated with algebraic manipulations and elementary functions;
2 demonstrate the capability to solve problems in accordance with the basic theories and concepts in the following areas, whilst demonstrating a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the
material: algebra and elementary functions;
3 apply the basic techniques associated with algebra and elementary functions in several well-defined contexts;
4 demonstrate a mathematical proficiency suitable for stage 1 entry.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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