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Course Overview

Making calculations is at the heart of every science. In this course we will learn the programming language MATLAB and write programs to implement mathematical concepts that frequently appear in science and engineering. Through programming we will gain better understanding of some mathematical ideas prevalent in all sciences and how related calculations are done and the reason they work. MATLAB is particularly popular among engineers but it is very similar in its principles to other scientific programming languages, such as R, commonly used by statisticians, biologists and other scientists.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Assaf Libman
  • Dr Richard Hepworth

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In this course, students will:

1. Learn the basics of the programming language MATLAB.

2. Understand mathematical concepts by programming them. For example, limits, derivatives, integrals.

3. Discuss concepts from statistics such as linear regression and hypothesis tests and write simple computer programs to implement them.

4. Know how MATLAB can help us solve systems of linear equation, differential equations and more.

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

  • One 2-hour exam (60%)
  • In-course assessment (40%)


  • One 2-hour exam
  • Best of 100% exam OR 60% exam and 40% coursework.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Within 2 weeks of assessment

Course Learning Outcomes


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