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MT4111   Symbolic Computation

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

This module aims to enable students to use a computer as a tool in their other modules and to turn naturally to a computer when solving mathematical problems. The module aims to illustrate the following points: computation allows one to conduct mathematical experiments; computation allows one to collect data about a problem being studied. This is similar to the way other scientists work. It is easier to try several different approaches to a problem and see which works. The computer is not intelligent; intelligence comes from the user. The user thinks, the user interprets, the computer calculates.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 1 module from {MT3501, MT3502, MT3503, MT3504, MT3505, MT3506}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MT5611

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 practical session (weeks 2 - 11)

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework = 30%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 70%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr L Theran