KC5026 - Applied Modelling

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What will I learn on this module?

The module will give you the confidence to tackle real world problems in a supported environment. You will work in groups under supervision. Two real world problems are considered. The two real world problems do not rely on you already having the necessary mathematical knowledge and may require you to research various techniques. You would be expected to apply these techniques to the problems, solve them and analyse their results. This module also prepares students for the level 6 Advanced Mathematical Modelling module in Final Year (core on the Maths degree, option on Maths with Business Management degree) where students are expected to work much more independently.

Outline Syllabus

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop their ability to model and solve real world problems. For a given problem students work in groups and might not have studied all the mathematical/statistical methods needed to solve it.
The students work on two case studies in a different group each time. The groups meet with their supervisor once a week, who supports and guides them through the modelling and solution process.
The case studies are assessed by a variety of methods, which may include giving a PowerPoint presentation, producing a written report, creating a poster. The module enhances their abilities in critical thinking, research skills and other transferable skills.
Students are given oral and written feedback after every case study by the supervisor involved.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through group work in workshops focussing on problem solving where you will be able to obtain help. The work of the groups is independent with guidance by the tutor. Students have an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the subject independent learning and problem solving within peer groups. The workshops will also be an opportunity to present you with open research problems, and will strengthen your transferable skills and employability. Northumbria’s computer labs and facilities are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software such as MATLAB which will be used to support independent study and learning. Further technology-enhanced resources such as e-lecture notes, seminar sheets with answers and solution and past-paper questions will be provided via the e-learning portal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to academic contact with the module team during the workshops, students are encouraged to develop their curiosity by making direct contact with the module team either via email or the open door policy operated throughout the programme. Students will also be regularly referred to supporting resources including relevant texts and relevant multimedia materials. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Formulate appropriate mathematical or statistical model to solve real world problems (KU1, KU2).
2. Analyse the results with appropriate techniques and amend the model in order to explain real data (KU3).
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Select and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques for solving the problems in the relevant model (IPSA1, IPSA2).
4. Critically appraise the model (IPSA3).
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Increases proficiency and independence in exploiting rigorous mathematical and statistical techniques to investigate real world problems (PVA1, PVA2, PVA3).

How will I be assessed?

SUMMATIVE
1. Group Presentation (50%) – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Group Project (50%) – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

FORMATIVE
Workshops – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be assessed by two groups assessments (50% each). The assessments will cover all topics from the relevant model .

Formative feedback will be provided on seminar work which will include problems designed to aid student understanding.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module will give you the confidence to tackle real world problems in a supported environment. You will work in groups under supervision. Two real world problems are considered. The two real world problems do not rely on you already having the necessary mathematical knowledge and may require you to research various techniques. You would be expected to apply these techniques to the problems, solve them and analyse their results. This module provides an opportunity to develop your ability to model and solve real world problems. In completing this module you will show the ability to critically appraise both your own work and the work of others in the field.
This module is designed to enhance a student's graduate skills that are essential to their future careers and/or postgraduate study.

Course info

UCAS Code G100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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