Core Module Information
Module title: Mathematics for Software Engineering

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET07106
Module leader: Peter Chapman
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

The module covers basic mathematical concepts, such as basic discrete mathematics, Boolean and other logics, set theory, and number theory. The aim is to improve the computational competence of the students (i.e., the ability to implement and evaluate functions for basic visualisation, modelling and processing tasks) as well as introducing the students to "basic mathematical thinking" (i.e., the ability to model problems and their solutions). The emphasis is on a practical, programming-oriented introduction to the materials, demonstrating the usefulness of mathematics as a tool for software engineering. Students will write small programs that explore mathematical concepts using a functional language.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Understand basic mathematical concepts applicable for software engineering
LO2: Write code that implements a programming solution to basic mathematical problems
LO3: Develop basic mathematical problem solving skills
LO4: Understand basic number theory and its application to cryptography.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Chapman
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The traditional lecture materials will be delivered in a blended form using online materials, while in-class time is devoted to practical exercises and examples.
Taught using weekly lectures and practical labs. Lectures will present the underpinning concepts and principles (All LOs).
Practicals will present students with a graded range of problems that require the applications of the theoretical knowledge presented in the lectures (All LOs).

Formative Assessment:
To support formative feedback, the Software Engineering subject group utilise a lab based teaching approach across their provision. During these lab sessions,staff will discuss and evaluate your progress and provide feedback on how well you are progressing with your work. All modules in the subject group also require you to demonstrate your coursework on submission to provide further formative feedback on how the work could be improved.
In addition, for this module a series of online tests are provided, which provide instant feedback to you on your ability to answer mathematical questions.

Summative Assessment:
Learning outcomes LO1, LO3, and LO4 will be assessed via the class tests, and all learning outcomes are assessed in the coursework. The coursework will include several parts and code demonstrations.
The coursework will include two parts (submissions in week 6 and week 13) and code demonstrations. The first coursework will assess your ability to use and modify code given to you, whereas the second will assess your ability to create code according to a specification.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 60 1,3,4 12 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 10 1, 2,3,4 6 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 20.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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