Exams and revision Modules & Credits Modules: MAT1015 Calculus (30 credits) MAT1016 Linear algebra (30 credits) MAT1017 Proof, probability and experiment (30 credits) + 3 programme specific 10 credit modules. Passing Level 1 • Need 120 credits to pass a Level. • You get the credits for a module if you pass the module. • Need 40% in the assessment of a module in order to pass it. Compensation Credits • If you fail a module, the exam board may give compensation credits, if you have at least 90 credits and – Either you have an overall average mark > 40% and at least 30% in the failed module – Or you have an overall average mark > 50% and at least 25% in the failed module • Compensation is not automatic! • Details in Student Handbook, pages 14-16 Progressing to level 2 • If you have 120 credits, you progress to the next Level (Music students need 60% in performance) • If you have 90 credits at the current Level, you can still progress to the next level but you will need to resit enough modules to make up the missing credits. • If you have less than 90 credits then you will be “course suspended”. Failed modules • If you fail a module, you have the right to resit the part of the module that you have failed once only • You cannot resit passed modules • Some Level 1 resits in the summer Exam Boards • Mitigating circumstances/medical panel • Exam board makes recommendations to SPAB (Student Progress & Assessment Board) on progression, compensation, resits, warnings, terminations. • Marks only available AFTER the Exam Board. Exams • More formal than class tests. • You will be given a timetable, but it is important to keep checking noticeboards/emails for last minute changes. • Have to sit where told: a list will be posted outside the exam room shortly before the start of the exam. • Only a few specific models of calculator are allowed (see student handbook, page 15). • Bring your URN card! Exam Revision • Know your DEFINITIONS! • Some exam questions ask for a definition explicitly, for some you need to start with the definition (“Proof by checking the definition’’) • The precise text of a definition is not enough; Try to give – examples, counter-examples, – paraphrase/say in your own words, – connections with other definitions. What follows from them? Exam Revision (continued) • Same as for definitions holds to named THEOREMS. Also think about the conditions of a theorem (why are they needed?) • Do exercises of past exercise sheets, without looking at solutions first. • http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/ug/past-exam-papers.php for past years’ exams. Level 2 – Maple TA Test • Traditionally, the Autumn Semester of Level 2 appears to be hard – many students seem to get the hang of it only (too) late in the semester. We’re trying to address this. • Mathematics is a cumulative subject: Level 2 builds on what you have learnt so far – this knowledge is going to be used immediately. • The purpose of the Techniques Test is to ensure that you begin Level 2 with a high level of proficiency in the areas that it covers. Form of the Level 2 Test • The test will consist of 12 randomly-chosen questions that you must answer within 1 hour (unless you are allowed extra time in exams). • The test uses Maple TA: you log in to a dedicated web page, do the test and receive your mark immediately after completing the test. • You may take the test (with a new selection of questions) as often as you wish up to the end of Week 2. • If you don’t pass within two weeks, you will be required to take remedial classes. • We will notify you when the test becomes available (late September). Which areas are tested? • The test covers all of the core mathematical techniques that you have encountered at A Level and Level 1 (except statistics) • Core techniques include: – evaluation of single and multiple integrals, – solution of ordinary differential equations, – the Taylor Series of a given function about a point, – vector algebra, vector calculus, – matrix methods including eigenvalues/vectors. Preparation to pass the test. • The pass mark is high: 75%. • Don't underestimate the amount of revision - allow plenty of time for each topic. • Once you are sure that you understand the techniques, practise using them. Go over past problem sheets; look online and in textbooks for further examples. Finally • These slides will be on the Web (Current students, Level 1) • Thank you for your attention. • Learn those definitions!!!
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