KL5002 - Further Mathematics

What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to further develop your expertise in engineering mathematics, focusing on algebraic methods of solving engineering computational problems. On this module, you will learn about the use of matrix algebra to solve large systems of equations, together with the formulation and solution of algebraic eigenvalue problems involving ordinary and partial differential equations from the perspective of an engineer. You will focus on the fundamentals of matrix theory that underlie powerful practical numerical algorithms for solving systems of linear equations and boundary value problems. As you explore the mathematical techniques, you will discover how each is used in applications of civil engineering problems, including structural analysis, vibration and stability of structures, structural optimization, material science, and mechanical metamaterials. This module will enable you to fully understand the tools behind finite element analysis, an important method in engineering.

Outline syllabus (the syllabus includes all or part of the following topics):

1. Vectors and matrices
2. Determinant and rank
3. Linear systems of equations
4. Algebraic eigenvalue problem
5. Galerkin, Ritz, and Finite Element Method
6. Elements of scientific programming

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures and seminars, using exercises in which students will be able to obtain help with difficulties arising. The emphasis will be that lectures formally introduce and present theories. Seminars will encourage small group-based, student-led exercises, which include working with classmates, and guidance from tutors to develop and consolidate understanding. The outcomes of these student-led sessions will be disseminated to the class via the eLP course site in order to facilitate your independent learning. Independent learning also involves reading ahead of the lectures and preparing for the seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive continuous feedback and guidance, which will be a fundamental underpinning principle in both lectures and seminars. You will be encouraged to provide feedback to tutors following such reflective activities to enable them to monitor progress and develop in-class strategies to provide further support if required. In addition, you will receive written/typed/verbal feedback in response to your summative assessment submissions. The eLP will be used throughout this module to support your learning. It will accommodate many electronically-based learning resources that will enhance your learning experience.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Formulate and solve linear matrix equations
2. Solve algebraic eigenvalue problems, do sensitivity analysis of eigenvalues and eigenvectors
3. Understand and use the techniques for the formulation and solution of certain standard, commonly occurring boundary value problems
4. Understand the fundamentals of analytical expansion techniques, such as Rayleigh-Ritz, Galerkin, finite elements, serving for approximate solution of partial differential equations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
5. Practical skills of implementation of finite difference and finite element methods for the formulation and solution of simple problems in engineering analysis

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Develop curiosity, creativity and initiative when dealing with standard and non-standard civil engineering problems.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

001 Coursework 1 (Open book , MLO 1-2, 6):

The first coursework will require you to demonstrate the use of tools from linear algebra.

002 Coursework 2 (Open book, MLO 1-5, 6):

The second coursework will require you to solve initial- and boundary value problems for systems of ordinary and partial differential equations (exact and approximate).

Tutorial sessions will encourage the students to identify and explore areas of learning to support their progression through the module.

The coursework feedback will be provided via the module electronic portal site addressing generic consideration of the students’ work. Individual feedback will be provided to the coursework submissions to clarify points of learning that have not been fully assimilated.

Tutorial sessions will provide a forum for the formative delivery of feedback on individual student progression.





Module abstract

This module is designed to further develop your expertise in engineering mathematics, which becomes very important for your programme and future career path. Through research-rich content that is delivered through analytical problem solving, this module will provide the student with methods to solve challenging problems in later years of the Civil Engineering degree. The contents will include some practical and real-life problems to show the relevance of the various mathematical tools to engineering applications. Teaching methods will include lectures and tutorials where students can interact among themselves as well as with the tutors. Regular feedback on their learning will be provided in lectures, tutorials, and online, and formal feedback will be provided through assessment (coursework).

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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