Short Title:Technical Mathematics 1
Full Title:Technical Mathematics 1
Module Code:MATH H1074
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:Ciaran O Sullivan
Module Description:The first aim of Technical Mathematics 1 is a thorough revision and consolidation of key numeracy and algebra skills, including the effective use of a calculator. The second aim of Technical Mathematics 1 is to support other engineering modules in year 1 by covering unit conversion, manipulation of engineering formulae, linear laws, the study of right angled triangles and complex numbers. The third aim of the module is to introduce students to the use of software applications in the presentation and manipulation of engineering data.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Calculate numerical expressions accurately involving fractions and precedence.
LO2 Calculate and simplify numerical expressions involving scientific and engineering notation.
LO3 Understand and calculate estimates of error
LO4 Use a calculator in scientific and engineering mode.
LO5 Round a number to significant figures or decimal places.
LO6 Perform unit conversion, using appropriate tools.
LO7 Use the standard mathematical connectives and expressions accurately.
LO8 Use the rules of indices to simplify numerical and algebraic expressions, in particular in the context of simplification of units.
LO9 Parse expressions accurately and perform standard algebraic operations on them.
LO10 Solve single linear and quadratic equations and pairs of linear equations.
LO11 Express word problems involving proportion as equations and solve.
LO12 Find the equation of a line given two pieces of information.
LO13 Plotting charts and graphs from experimental data.
LO14 Plot linear data, draw inferences, find the equation of the line of best fit and use appropriate software (e.g. Excel) to plot linear data and find its equation.
LO15 Safely backup electronic data by managing files and folders using a file management system.
LO16 Use common Mathematical, Engineering and Financial formulae in a spreadsheet.
LO17 Convert between degrees and radians.
LO18 Apply the basic techniques of trigonometry to solve problems in engineering involving right angled triangles.
LO19 Perform algebra involving complex numbers.
LO20 Convert between Cartesian and Polar form using a calculator.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Diagnostic test to identify for students key areas of consolidation 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10 1.00 Week 1
Continuous Assessment High threshold criterion referenced test at the end of arithmetic and algebra section of course. 1,2,3,5,7,8,9,10 19.00 Week 7
Assignment Assignment to collect, plot and intepret some linear data through Excel and to plot basic engineering functions. 12,13,14,15,16 20.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20 60.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Laboratories Computer labs in Excel and GeoGebra 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Review of lecture material between lectures, completion of problem sheet questions, computer lab re-inforcement. Synthesis of course material ahead of final semester exam. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Anthony Croft,Robert Davison 2016, Foundation Maths, 6th ed Ed. [ISBN: 1292095172]
  • Semester 1 School of Engineering ITT Mathematics Workbook, Mathematics
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kuldeep Singh, Engineering Mathematics Through Applications, 2nd Ed., Palgrave MacMillan [ISBN: 9780230274792]
  • Dexter J. Booth, 2008, Engineering Mathematics, 6th ed Ed., Palgrave Macmillan, [ISBN: ISBN 9781403942463]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering 1 Mandatory
TA_EMECH_C Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory