Module Title:Basic Mathematics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered using a learner-centred approach with a strong emphasis on the practical use of mathematics in day-to-day agriculture. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such as lecture, computer practical, workshop and classroom assessment techniques. A responsibility for learning will be fostered in the learners. To develop confidence, class participation will be encouraged and collaborative work will be instrumental in nurturing team building amongst the group. Special attention will be paid, not only to the ‘How’ of mathematics, but also the ‘Why?’ so that learners see the real relevance, importance and utility of studying this subject to their future work in agriculture. Lecture Computer Practicals Case-studies Group discussions and group activities
Module Aim: The module aims to provide the learner with a solid understanding of the mathematics that they will be using in their future work in agricultural production. This basic grounding will also facilitate and complement understanding of other subjects in their programme that require an understanding of mathematics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Perform basic, scientific and business calculations with applications in farming and farm development.
LO2 Compute areas and volumes of farm structures and feed stores.
LO3 Analyse, present and interpret statistical data.
LO4 Demonstrate an ability to use computer and mobile device software to perform calculations such as rations, farm inputs and outputs.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Basic Mathematics
• Arithmetic, exponents, percentages, logarithms, scientific notation and measurement systems.
Use of Mathematics
• Ratio and proportion, percentage strength calculations and business ratios
Basic Statistics
• Present data in tabular and graphical form and calculate and interpret measures of central tendency and dispersion.
Calculating Areas and Volumes
• Calculate simple areas and volumes using geometry and trigonometry.
Use of Computers in Practical Farming
• Computing – use of computers for all of the above.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other In-Class assessments 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Computer practicals 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Case Studies Case Studies in use of computers and calculators. Demonstrations and Group Discussion 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 1.83
Total Hours 100.00