Module code: MAT1041

Module Overview

This module gives students experience of working in groups to develop skills that will be valuable both in their mathematics degree course and the wider world of employment. They will learn basic programming capability in MATLAB and data handling skills in Excel which they will apply to a group project. Students will individually write a report, give a part of the group presentation and participate as a group in work on the project and required group submissions.

Module provider


Module Leader

RAYMAN JF Dr (Maths)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: G170

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

MATLAB worksheets

Excel worksheets

Myers Briggs type profiles (group roles)

Basic data handling and analysis methods

Resource research skills

Report writing resources

Project planning and management resources

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test PROGRAMMING CLASS TESTS (50 MINS) 35

Alternative Assessment

Tests Reports Assigned project and presentation done individually  

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Knowledge of MATLAB programming and Excel
Ability to apply this knowledge in a real life context
Capability of working in groups and development of “soft” skills.


The summative assessment for this module consists of


Programming 50%


computerised MATLAB and Excel class tests35%

group MATLAB and Excel project work*15%

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Group project work, Wiki and Presentation *30%


presentation (50/50 content and form)*15%

Wiki, *10%

Project plan and meeting minutes*5%


The individually marked work will comprise 55% of the marks for this module. Group work, marked * comprises 45%. The overall mark for the group work will be awarded to the group, the members of which will distribute the marks to each individual according to their individual contributions using a structured process.


The constraints are

No mark awarded to an individual to exceed 100

All group marks to be allocated.

Marks will be moderated by the module organiser.

Essays are marked individually by members of other groups. This peer review is then marked by postgraduates.


Formative assessment and feedback

Online exercises related to the material covered in the MATLAB and Excel worksheets give students the opportunity to practice and develop their skills. The feedback given for each question shows them the correct code/command,
An online unassessed MATLAB test is set which students take repeatedly to ensure that basic skills are grasped at an early stage
Three or four sets of written feedback are provided on each individual’s report
Feedback is given on individuals’ presentations and each student sees a video of their presentation
Students take a Maple TA test in the use of English with feedback and correct answers
Feedback on effectiveness of the project plan and the group working processes is provided by observation from the module organiser
Individual feedback is provided during the supervised computer lab sessions and during regular office hours

Module aims

  • computer programming using MATLAB
  • data handling using Excel
  • report writing
  • presentation skills and the use of PowerPoint
  • how to work effectively in a group, planning work and allocating resources¬† to meet deadlines and manage the production of a group submission
  • how to make a web page

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Apply MATLAB and Excel skills to a real world problem KCPT
2 Write a decent quality report PT
3 Prepare and deliver a presentation using PowerPoint PT
4 Write MATLAB code for solving a problem CPT
5 Design a web page PT
6 Plan and manage a project using appropriate software and work effectively in a group PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide

steady progression and development of skills in MATLAB and Excel through regular formative online assessment and individual tests and group project assessment

development of group working skills through completion of a series of group and individual tasks with feedback

development of transferable “soft” skills through report writing, making and delivering a presentation, planning, execution and management of a group submission and basic web page design


The learning and teaching methods include:


Contact Hours - programming

12 computer lab sessions on MATLAB and 6 on Excel, supported by drop in sessions and office hours availability which provide help and support as students work through worksheets and the programming required for the project.

online exercises in Maple TA and Excel are provided for the worksheets

unassessed work involves a Maple TA test that may be taken repeatedly to achieve a proficient standard

Contact Hours - group work

15 workshops (lectures and integrated practical individual and group work) on group dynamics, research skills, essay writing, project planning, presentation skills and creating a wiki, all supplemented by on-line resources.

Office hours availability as required

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics MMath 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics and Physics MPhys 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics and Physics MMath 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.