Mathematical Skills - MAST3004

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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


Students will be introduced to key mathematical skills, necessary in studying for a mathematics degree: use of the University Library and other sources to support their learning, present an argument in oral or written form, learn about staff in the School and beyond, etc. In particular, students will study various techniques of proof (by deduction, by exhaustion, by contradiction, etc.). These techniques will be illustrated through examples chosen from various areas of mathematics (and in particular co-requisite modules).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 26
Private study hours: 124
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Mathematical texts will depend on the coursework set. The following texts are recommended in conjunction with the workshops:
Stephen G. Krantz, A Primer of Mathematical Writing, A.M.S., 1997.
Kevin Houston, How to think like a mathematician: a companion to undergraduate mathematics, C.U.P., 2009.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 develop and support simple arguments in oral and written form;
2 use the Library and other sources in support of their learning;
3 demonstrate a reasonable ability to plan and develop an interview article;
4 show judgement in the selection and presentation of material to communicate with both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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;
7 communicate technical material competently;
8 work as a member of a team.
9 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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