Short Title:  Technical Mathematics 1 

Full Title:  Technical Mathematics 1 

Field of Study:  Mechanics and metal work 

Reviewed By:  DIARMUID RUSH 

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 
EndofSemester Final Examination 
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20 
60.00 
EndofSemester 
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 reinforcement. 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 ResourcesRequired 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 

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