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    A Foundation in Pure Mathematics
    MATH S121
      More information: Course Guide
    A Foundation in Pure Mathematics
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2021
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Foundation 2 terms 10
    Aut 2021

    Course Coordinator: Dr C F Chu, BEng, MPhil, Phd (CUHK)

    Course Developers: May Chan, OUHK; Louisa Kwok, OUHK; and Mike Robertshaw, OUHK

    This course is compulsory for a large number of Science and Technology programmes and an optional course or a free-choice credits to be taken by students of other programmes.

    You should preferably have a general knowledge of secondary mathematics or its equivalent before studying this course.

    MATH S121 is presented in September every year.

    This course aims to:

    • Develop your analytical skills to help you become an independent learner;

    • Help you appreciate the discipline of mathematics;

    • Provide you with a transition between school and university mathematics and the associated learning environments;

    • Develop your skills in handling mathematical activities;

    • Develop your understanding of the rigour of mathematics for pursuing middle and higher-level courses in mathematics, computing, and engineering.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Foundations — sets, logic, relations, functions

    • Proofs and combinatorics — proofs, counting, probability, binomial expansions

    • Recursion and iteration — homogeneous and non-homogeneous recurrence relations with constant coefficients, iteration

    • Algebraic structures — matrices and complex numbers

    Learning support
    There are about 14 two-hour tutorials and 12 surgery sessions held on weekends thoughout the course.

    There will be four assignments, two assignments (multiple choice) and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online requirement
    Students will need to have access to the Internet.

    Use of the Online Learning Environment (OLE) is compulsory for the submission of the assignments (multiple choice) as well as participation in a number of online support services. You will also have the option to submit your assignments through the OLE, and communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator, as well as other students.

    Students will need access to a computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet. The recommended minimum computing requirements are:

    • Windows XP or later version

    • 120 MB free hard disk space

    • CD-ROM drive

    The course materials also include a number of video and audio CDs.

    Students will be advised to purchase a copy of the software package Scientific Notebook at a price of around HK$650, but it is not compulsory. This will allow you to experiment with the mathematics taught in the course. Some units and assignments will include work with the software. The software is permanent and also enables you to prepare documents mixing maths and text, such as your solutions to the assessments.

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The audio components of this course may present problems for students with impaired hearing. However, you should still be able to follow the course. You should seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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