Module Title:Quantitative Methods 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in three theory classes and one computer lab practical each of one hour duration per week. Students will be expected to complete problem-sets to re-enforce learning. Delivery of the computing module will involve practical assignments.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with the fundamental mathematical and computing skills necessary for comprehension and progression through the field of science.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Solve a variety of mathematical problems.
LO2 Identify, analyse and present statistical information.
LO3 Use information communications technologies to support work in this and other subjects.
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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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Language of Maths
Greek alphabet, scientific notation, significant figures, SI units, exponents, logarithms, natural log and the exponential constant. Measurement. Ratio, direct and inverse proportion, accuracy & error analysis.
Equations & Graphs
Manipulation of formula. Linear, non-linear, exponential and logarithmic equations. Matrix algebra, inverses, determinants, solving systems of equations using matrices. Determination of laws from experimental data.
Sampling, data collection, analysis and presentation. Frequency distributions, histogram, ogive, boxplots, scatter plots, measures of central tendency and dispersion.
Fundamentals of probability. Laws of probability. The Binomial Distribution.
Computer based mathematics support. Information & Communications Technology: ICT Theory. Referencing and software applications. Team presentations on a science related mathematical/ICT topic.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment70.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the CA and practical components of the course.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination In-class assessments 1,2 70.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Computer based assignments, in-class assessments, teamwork project and presentations. 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

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