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MA1005: CALCULUS I (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Calculus is the mathematical study of change, and is used in many areas of mathematics, science, and the commercial world. This course covers differentiation, limits, finding maximum and minimum values, and continuity.  There may well be some overlap with school mathematics, but the course is brisk and will go a long way quickly.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Richard Hepworth

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG2005 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Studied)
  • MA1002 Calculus a (4) (Studied)
  • MA1515 Mathematics for Sciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Calculus allows for changing situations and complicated averaging processes to be described in precise ways. It was one of the great intellectual achievements of the late 17th and early 18th Century. Early applications were made to modeling planetary motion and to calculating tax payable on land. Now the ideas are used in broad areas of mathematics and science and parts of the commercial world. The course begins with an introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts and then develops the basic ideas of the differential calculus of a single variable and explains some of the ways they are applied.

Further Information & Notes

The course starts from the beginning of the subject, but it is advantageous to be familiar with the material on Calculus contained in the Scottish Highers syllabus.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination paper (maximum of (100%) resit and (70%) resit with (30%) in-course assessment).

Formative Assessment

Informal assessment of weekly homework through discussions in tutorials.


In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials. Students will be invited to contact Course Coordinator for feedback on the final examination.

Course Learning Outcomes


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