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Discovering Mathematics, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Discovering Mathematics programme offered by The Open University UK provides a gentle start to the study of mathematics.

About

The Discovering Mathematics programme offered by The Open University UK will help you to integrate mathematical ideas into your everyday thinking and build your confidence in using and learning mathematics. 

You’ll cover statistical, graphical, algebraic, trigonometric and numerical concepts and techniques, and be introduced to mathematical modelling. Formal calculus is not included and you are not expected to have any previous knowledge of algebra. 

The skills introduced will be ideal if you plan to study more mathematics modules, such as Essential mathematics. It is also suitable for users of mathematics in other areas, such as computing, science, technology, social science, humanities, business and education.

In order to study this module successfully you should expect to be actively doing mathematics, rather than just reading it. You will also be encouraged to develop skills in interpreting and explaining mathematics, and this aspect will be assessed in some of the assignment questions.

Providing you have the appropriate background knowledge, you should expect to study for about eight hours a week. Many of the topics covered in the module depend on your understanding of topics in earlier units. 

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and who you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. 

We may also be able to offer local group tutorials or day schools that you are strongly encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking this module. Some tutors may offer online group tutorials in addition to, or instead of, face-to-face tutorials.

Professional recognition

This module is sometimes accepted as an acceptable equivalent qualification to GCSE grade C in mathematics by teacher training institutions, but always at the discretion of each institution. So, if you hope to use it for this purpose, you are advised to check as early as possible with your chosen teacher training institution(s). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 7 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

You will learn about:

  • key ideas in mathematics, including some statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  • mathematical vocabulary and notation introduced and developed in the module
  • selection and use of mathematical techniques for solving problems
  • interpretation of results in the context of real life situations
  • simple mathematical arguments
  • how to explain mathematical ideas from the module in writing
  • development of skills in learning mathematics
  • use of relevant ICT tools for learning and for working on mathematical problems
  • describing problems mathematically
  • analysing mathematical reasoning.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You are advised to have previous experience in mathematics, before commencing this module. In particular, you should be confident with the following topics:

  • arithmetic of numbers, including negative numbers and fractions
  • scientific notation for numbers (sometimes known as standard form)
  • powers of numbers including square roots
  • using your scientific calculator effectively for the above topics, and for working with brackets and π
  • using simple word formulas
  • drawing and interpreting simple charts and graphs.

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