Full Title:  Mathematics and Computing 

Valid From:  Semester 1  2013/14 ( September 2013 ) 

Module Description:  This module covers the basic concepts, techniques and operations in mathematics which are of particular relevance to Agriculture. Students will also gain a good understanding of computer applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the Internet and will be introduced to a range of farm software packages. 

Learning Outcomes: 
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to 
 Use a range of computer software packages including a word processing package, spreadsheets, databases and Powerpoint.
 Use a range of farm software packages e.g. Kingswood, IFC, ICBF and Profit Monitor.
 Browse the internet and communicate using email
 Perform calculations using basic arithmetic rules of fractions, decimals, percentages ratio and proportion and Scientific notation. Perform conversions between Metric and Imperial units.
 Calculate the areas, volumes and capacities of common geometric shapes.
 Use Trigonometry to measure areas, heights and distances. Use of Sine and Cosine rule.
 Summarise, analyse and interpret mathematical and statistical data of relevance to agricultural science

Module Content & Assessment
Indicative Content 
Windows environments Work with programs
Manage files and folders.
Creating documents with tables, headers and footers etc. with ‘Word’

Spreadsheets and Databases Creating worksheets with formulae, functions, charts and graphs.
Submitting a database with queries and reports, e.g. with Access

Internet Navigate the Web and communicate using email.

Power Point Prepare and present a slide show.

Farm software Operate a range of farm software packages

Mathematics Fractions, Decimals, Percentages. Ratio and Proportion. Discounts
Calculations for large and small numbers. Scientific notation. Use of Indices. Use of Logarithms.
Lengths, Areas and Volumes of common geometric figures. Land measurement.
Conversion from Imperial to Metric units.
Trigonometric ratios. Sine and Cosine rule

Financial Mathematics Interest Calculation, Depreciation, investment, loan payments.
Price, quantity and volume indices with particular reference to agricultural data.
Consumer Price Index.

Elementary Statistics Census and survey. Data collection methods.
Presentation of data – graphs and charts.
Measures of average and measures of deviation.
Correlation and regression.

Assessment Breakdown  % 
Course Work  50.00% 
End of Module Formal Examination  50.00% 
Full Time
Course Work 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Marks Out Of 
Pass Marks 
Assessment Date 
Duration 
Practical/Skills Evaluation 
Computing Applications 
1,2,3 
40.00 
0 
0 
Every Week 
0 
Class Test 
Mathematics 
4,5 
5.00 
0 
0 
Week 5 
0 
Class Test 
Mathematics 
6,7 
5.00 
0 
0 
Week 9 
0 
End of Module Formal Examination 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Marks Out Of 
Pass Marks 
Assessment Date 
Duration 
Formal Exam 
EndofSemester Final Examination 
4,5,6,7 
50.00 
0 
0 
EndofSemester 
0 
DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment
Module Workload & Resources
Workload: Full Time 
Workload Type 
Workload Description 
Hours 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Lecture 
Mathematics 
2.00 
Every Week
 2.00 
Practical 
Computing Applications 
2.00 
Every Week
 2.00 
Tutorial 
Mathematics 
2.00 
Every Week
 2.00 
Independent Study 
No Description 
3.00 
Every Week
 3.00 

Total Weekly Learner Workload 
9.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
6.00 
This course has no Part Time workload. 

Resources 

Recommended Book Resources 

 2007, Calculations (GM5307), 8th Ed., Teagasc Modular Training Programmes
 Parsons et al 2010, Computer Concepts and Microsoft Office, Cengage
 Croft, A. & Davison, R. 2006, Foundation Mathematics, 4th Ed.
 This module does not have any article/paper resources 

Other Resources 


Module Delivered in
