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									Exams and revision
       Modules & Credits

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
  – 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

• 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,


•   Marks only available AFTER the Exam Board.

• More formal than class tests.
• You will be given a timetable, but it is important to
  keep checking noticeboards/emails for last minute
• Have to sit where told: a list will be posted outside
  the exam room shortly before the start of the
• 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.


   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.

• These slides will be on the Web (Current

 students, Level 1)

• Thank you for your attention.

• Learn those definitions!!!

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