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.


60%: Lecture
40%: Practical (Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: