Mathematics for Product Design (H1039)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

In this module, you cover topics including:

  • Numbers: basic number theory, dimensions, units, constants, ratios, bases, powers and logarithms, imaginary numbers, functions.
  • Algebra: manipulation of equations, simultaneous and quadratic equations, common factors and denominators, simple iteration, matrix algebra.
  • Geometry: area and volume of common shapes, trigonometric functions, Pythagoras, angles, simple plane geometry (intersecting lines, properties of circles, triangles etc.), vectors.
  • Graphs: 2-D representation of data in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems, logarithmic scales, bar charts, gradients and rates of change, area under the curve and Simpson's Rule, curve fitting.
  • Statistics: average, median, mode, standard deviation, the normal distribution and Student's T distribution.
  • Calculus: simple differentiation and integration of functions of a single variable and (crucially) relating it to graphical and physical information.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 50 hours of contact time and about 100 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: