Exploring the Mathematical Sciences - MAST0018

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Ana F. Loureiro checkmark-circle


This module introduces the students to the basics of Maple and three topics in the mathematical sciences. The precise topics will vary in any particular year. Potential topics include (for example): history and/or people active in the mathematical sciences, algorithms, engaging the public in the mathematical sciences, mathematical games. Each topic is supported by a series of workshops introducing key aspects of the topic.
Maple: the Maple environment, basic commands, basic calculus, curve sketching.
There is no specific mathematical syllabus for the topics part of the module.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 16
Private study hours: 134
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Mathematical texts will depend on the projects offered in any particular year. The following texts are recommended in conjunction with the Maple sessions:
Understanding Maple, I. Thompson, Cambridge University Press (2018) Ebook
An Introduction to Modern Mathematical Computing, J. Borwein and M. Skerritt, Springer (2011).
Heck, Introduction to Maple, Springer, 3rd edition, 2003. Ebook

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 investigate with guidance a topic in mathematics and/or statistics;
2 use the Library and other sources in support of their learning;
3 demonstrate the capability to solve problems in accordance with the basic theories and concepts of the relevant topics in mathematics and/or statistics;
4 make appropriate use of Maple.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an increased ability to:
1 manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources;
2 understand logical arguments, identifying the assumptions made and the conclusions drawn;
3 communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions reasonably accurately and clearly;
4 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
5 solve problems relating to qualitative and quantitative information;
6 make use of information technology skills such as online resources (Moodle), internet communication and Maple.

7 demonstrate an increased level of skill in numeracy and computation.


  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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