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MU-120 Course Guide
Course Description This course is designed to: § Open up the power and beauty of mathematics to a wide variety of people § Enable you to share the enjoyment and stimulation of studying mathematics and using it in different aspects of life. § Build your confidence in learning and using mathematics in a wide variety of contexts, so that you become a “literate mathematician”. § Help you to be able to understand interpret material with a mathematical flavour in newspaper and magazine articles, television programs and other media, and also being able to explain mathematical concepts and their use to other people( often in writing). § Help you acquire various mathematical skills and to become a proficient user of a powerful mathematical calculator, so that you can benefit from using this tool in your everyday life as well as in your studies.
Course Outcomes The following list of outcomes indicates what you should be able to do by the end of the course: Knowledge and understanding 1) Understand some of the key basic mathematical and statistical ideas and principles in the area of : § Numbers and formulas; § Graphs and diagrams; § Functions and symbols; § Handling data and modeling. 2) Know and use basic vocabulary, notation, representations and conventions associated with elementary statistics, algebra, trigonometry, functions and graphs.
Intellectual skills 1) Use techniques from the course to analyse and solve problems in a range of contexts. 2) Recognize, interpret and criticize the use of mathematics in different contexts 3) Reason logically using the mathematical and statistical ideas and principles of the course. Personal transferable skills 1) Study independently, organizing study time and exploiting feedback. 2) Communicate clearly and coherently, using appropriate structure, style and technical language. 3) Use a graphics calculator for a variety of mathematical functions. 4) Prepare and review a timetable for specific tasks using relevant information and prioritizing work to meet deadlines 5) Review progress made in specific aspects of work and be aware of the factors contributing to development.
Awareness 1) Appreciate how mathematics pervades aspects of everyday life. 2) Reflect on your own progress in the course, showing an understanding of learning how to learn. 3) Be aware of the demands of university-level study in mathematics ( especially if this is the first university course taken)
Course Components Preparatory package § The course guide §The book Preparing for Open Mathematics ( It guides you through the package) § A Diagnostic Quiz Solution § A Preparatory Tutor Marked Assignment ( TMA) § A Preparatory Computer Marked Assignment ( CMA) § Preparatory Readings §Preparatory Resource Books A and B § A copy of chapter 1 from the Calculator book
Course Units There are 16 units. After unit 1, they are arranged in 4 blocks : Unit 1 Mathematics everywhere Block A For better, for worse Unit 2 Prices Unit 3 Earnings Unit 4 Health Unit 5 Seabirds Block B Every picture tells a story Unit 6 Maps Unit 7 Graphs Unit 8 Symbols Unit 9 Music Block A has a statistical emphasis Block B has graphical and algebraic emphasis
Block C The ever-changing world Unit 10 Prediction Block C emphasizes Unit 11 Movement mathematical functions Unit 12 Growth and Decay and modeling data Unit 13 Baker’s Dozen Block D Sight and Sound Unit 14 Space and shape Block D emphasizes Unit 15 Repeating Patterns geometry, trigonometry Unit 16 Rainbow’s end and consolidation
Other Components § The Calculator book § The Readings § The Audiotapes § The videotapes § The resource books § Blue and yellow activity sheets § The Assignment booklets