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The Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year course has been specifically designed to allow you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of core mathematics and physics principles, whilst enabling you to progress to your selected BSc or integrated masters degree course upon successful completion.

Taught by a specialist team of academics, this course consists of six modules that cover core aspects of mathematics and physics. You will also develop key employability skills that will prove invaluable when you enter the workplace.

Delivered in industry-leading facilities by our highly experienced team, you will be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the knowledge required for your subsequent undergraduate degree in Mathematics BSc (Hons), Mathematics MMath (Hons)Physics BSc (Hons), Physics MPhys (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics BSc (Hons) or Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) at Northumbria.

 

The Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year course has been specifically designed to allow you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of core mathematics and physics principles, whilst enabling you to progress to your selected BSc or integrated masters degree course upon successful completion.

Taught by a specialist team of academics, this course consists of six modules that cover core aspects of mathematics and physics. You will also develop key employability skills that will prove invaluable when you enter the workplace.

Delivered in industry-leading facilities by our highly experienced team, you will be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the knowledge required for your subsequent undergraduate degree in Mathematics BSc (Hons), Mathematics MMath (Hons)Physics BSc (Hons), Physics MPhys (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics BSc (Hons) or Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) at Northumbria.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
F232

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

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This course consists of six modules that cover core aspects of mathematics and physics, including algebra and linear algebra, calculus, statistics, statics and dynamics, electricity, waves and particles, materials, computer skills and problem solving.

Teaching is delivered through a mixture of live lectures, seminars and applied practical laboratory work.

You will be assessed by various methods including assignments, examinations, scientific reports, presentations and group work that will be completed throughout both semesters.

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This foundation year course is taught by a specialist team of academics with extensive knowledge of mathematics and physics.

All of our staff are approachable, enthusiastic and committed to your learning experience, supporting you through every step of your course.

Many of our teaching team are research-active and regularly incorporate their findings into the course’s curriculum to ensure that all content is up-to-date and relevant to today’s industry.

Throughout the duration of this course you will have access to ongoing support through a dedicated personal tutor who will be on-hand to provide any guidance you may require, ensuring you leave confident and ready to progress to your subsequent undergraduate degree course.

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We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

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Northumbria University has excellent facilities in its undergraduate physics and IT laboratories.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well-equipped working space, The Zone, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology enhanced learning is embedded throughout this course and materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard.

You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

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All of the modules on this course are research informed and have been developed by our specialist academic team’s industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. This ensures that the knowledge and skills that you acquire will meet the needs for practical application in a real world scenario.

Whilst studying, you will develop your own fundamental research skills and independent learning skills via specialised and research-informed modules.

Each module encourages research of existing and current technologies and explores the current developments taking place within the industry to further enhance your knowledge.

Research / Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

From statistics to complex and nonlinear phenomena, astrophysics to smart materials, and communications to renewable energy, the pioneering research in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering focuses on a wide range of issues.

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This course will allow you to develop a wide range of skills that will prove invaluable when you progress to your chosen degree course or the workplace.

In addition to the research and practical skills you will learn, you will also leave with enhanced data analysis, computer modelling and communication skills.

Employability and research experience is enhanced during the laboratory sessions, class assessments and exams, and you will be encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills learnt from lectures, seminars, laboratories and independent learning to solve problem-based questions.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be working alongside students from a diverse range of backgrounds, thus developing your communication skills.

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This course has been specifically designed to allow you to commence to one of the following BSc (Hons) degrees: Mathematics; Physics; Physics with Astrophysics or onto the following integrated masters degrees: Mathematics; Physics; Physics with Astrophysics.

When you begin your chosen undergraduate degree, the skills you have acquired on the Maths and Physics Foundation Year course will provide a strong foundation for your future studies and understanding of your chosen subject. You will also possess strong research skills that will prove invaluable for your future assessments.

Completion of your subsequent undergraduate degree will help to prepare you for future employment or the progression to further education or Master’s level courses.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

If you are fascinated by Maths and Physics and feel that you need to deepen your knowledge before embarking on a degree, this course offers a practical introduction and will help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3008 -

Introduction to Mechanics and Energy (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics such as rigid body, degree of freedom, displacement, velocity, acceleration, standard constant acceleration equations, motion under gravity, vectors motion of a projectile, moments, couples, addition of forces, Newton’s Theory of Gravitation, concept of equilibrium, free body diagrams and friction.. You will thoroughly understand about the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy which includes properties of fluids, different forms of energies, Laws of conservation of energy, simple electrical energy, combustion, conduction, convection and radiation. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management. You will also be engaging with the theoretical knowledge through experimental work by learning to record observations concisely, produce diagrammatic information and graphical data representation during this module.

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KC3002 -

Introductory Algebra and Statistics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on an engineering degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

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KL3004 -

Applications of Physics (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to key physics topics through a range of contexts and industries. The contexts will include space technology and astrophysics, medical applications including bioengineering and non-invasive testing, music, renewable energy technologies, geophysics and the history of physics.
The physics topics studied in this module are:
- waves and oscillations including reflection, refraction, polarisation, stationary waves, simple harmonic motion and damping.
- material properties including flow of liquids and viscosity, properties of materials and Young modulus
- particle and nuclear physics including the structure of the atom, radioactive decay, nuclear fusion and fission, luminosity of stars and blackbody radiators.
- nature of light including wave-particle duality, photoelectric effect, photovoltaic cells, absorption and emission spectra, and energy levels

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KL3005 -

Introduction to Logic and Algorithms (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the principles of mathematical logic and algorithms. In particular you will learn to

• use a formal language for mathematical statements that allows compact and convenient notation and how to translate it into the natural language
• offer clear and unambiguous interpretation of such statements
• implement mathematical statements into algorithms
• test your understanding using software such as Matlab and Mathematica

Upon completion of the module you will have acquired fundamental knowledge that is valuable in itself and will serve as the foundation in mathematics and physics, and it will also constitute an important foundation for applications. For example, software engineers strongly rely on mathematical logic theories in their work. Indeed, when dealing with applied problems, researchers have to switch between the descriptive language, mathematical language, the language of numerical methods and algorithms, and specific programming languages. The language of mathematical logic and algorithms offers a great opportunity to practice this translation between languages and is used as a powerful formalised tool for problem solving.

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KL3007 -

Introduction to Principles of Electricity (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of electricity. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve electrical problems, such as resistor networks, voltage dividers, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will consider Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits, including series and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instruments. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for the generation and use of electricity in a range of applications.

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KL3008 -

Foundation Trigonometry and Calculus (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about basic calculus such as graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

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