Module Details
Module Code: 
MATH S7005 
Full Title:

Mathematics & Physics

Valid From:: 
Semester 1  2021/22 ( September 2021 ) 
Language of Instruction:  English 
Module Owner:: 
Matthew Molloy

Departments: 
Agriculture, Food and Animal Health

Module Description: 
This module will introduce the learner to fundamental physical concepts (mechanics, heat, electricity) through a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach. The learner will use measurement & mathematical techniques to investigate & solve practical and realworld physics problems applied to agriculture. An introduction to critical mathematical concepts & tools (algebra, geometry, frequency charts) will aid the student's ability to solve scientific problems and analyse datasets. Students will demonstrate their understanding by communicating problems and solutions in written reports using graphs & diagrams where necessary and citing relevant sources.

Module Learning Outcome 
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to: 
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Module Learning Outcome Description 
MLO1 
Apply the principles of mechanics & electricity to perform calculations relating to motion (velocity, acceleration), force, energy, current, voltage & resistance. Build and repair simple DC circuits such as an electric motor and series/parallel lighting circuits. 
MLO2 
Apply the principles of Heat (Transfer), Gas Laws & Pressure to perform calculations relating to temperature, heat, heat capacity, compressed gasses and how they are affected by Temperature, Pressure & Volume. 
MLO3 
By implementing critical laboratory techniques (e.g., safety, measurement, recording), determine by experiment the physical (e.g., size, dimensions), mechanical (e.g., velocity, energy), electrical (e.g., resistance, voltage) or thermal (e.g., specific heat capacity) properties of a system. Communicate experimental results in a coherent laboratory report using appropriate diagrams, graphs & references. 
MLO4 
Use numerical, algebraic and graphing skills in a science environment to solve and communicate problems and ideas relating to agriculture & food production. Using trigonometric principles (e.g., Pythagoras' Theorem, Sine/Cosine Rule), calculate the areas & volumes of common shapes/spaces as well as oddly shaped areas (e.g., fields). 
MLO5 
Employ fundamental statistical techniques to summarise, analyse & interpret data of relevance to agriculture (e.g., crop yield, growth rates, financial data). Describe trends/distributions using descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, mode) and construct summary charts (e.g., histograms, ogives) to meaningfully visualise datasets. 
Prerequisite learning 
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed 
Module Indicative Content 
Physics  Mechanics
S.I. system of units; Kinetics & Motion; Force, Mass and Weight; Work, Energy and Power; Momentum; Circular Motion.

Physics  Electricity
Electrostatic concepts; D.C. circuits, Energy and Power; Magnets; Magnetic Forces; Motors; Electromagnetic Induction, Generators and Transformers, A.C. and D.C. electricity.

Physics  Heat & Temperature
Heat as energy; Specific heat capacity; Latent heat; Thermal equilibrium; Thermal sensors.

Physics  Gas Laws & Pressure
Density; Measuring Pressure (Pascals, bar, atmospheres); The physics (and dangers) of compressed gas; The ideal gas law (including Boyle's/Charles'/GayLussac law) and how Temperature, Pressure & Volume are related.

Mathematics  Principles of Measurement
Obtain scientific measurements with consideration of significant digits, measurement errors and instrument resolution; Units, scientific notation and use of a calculator; Unit conversions.

Mathematics  Algebra & Trigonometry
Solution of linear, quadratic & simultaneous equations; Transposition of formulae to include indices, logs & trigonometric functions; Measuring angles using degrees & radians, Use of trigonometric principles (e.g., Pythagoras' rule, Cosine rule etc.) to determine oddshaped areas.

Mathematics  Data Analysis
Collate & organise data into sensible tables; Discrete & continuous data; Scatter plots and determining rates of change; Measure "goodness of fit" to evaluate correlations; Construct frequency tables and generate histograms; Use descriptive statistics to characterise distributions (e.g., mean, mode, variance etc.); Construct Ogives and determine percentiles.

Module Assessment

Assessment Breakdown  % 
Course Work  100.00% 
Module Special Regulation 

AssessmentsPart Time On Campus
Reassessment Requirement 
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment
Module Workload
This module has no Full Time On Campus workload. 
Workload: Part Time On Campus 
Workload Type 
Contact Type 
Workload Description 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Hours 
Lecturer Supervised Learning 
Contact 
Physics laboratory session. 
Every Week 
0.50 
0.5 
Lecture 
Contact 
Mathematics and PBL theoretical sessions. 
Every Week 
2.00 
2 
Online Contact 
Contact 
Online tutorial support. 
Every Second Week 
0.50 
1 
Independent Study 
Non Contact 
Group Work Outside Lab 
Every Week 
2.00 
2 
Directed Reading 
Non Contact 
Directed Reading 
Every Week 
2.00 
2 
Total Weekly Learner Workload 
7.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
3.00 
Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources 


O’Regan, Dan. (2000), Real World Physics, Folens, Dublin.

Anthony Croft,Robert Davison. Foundation Maths, [ISBN: 9781292095172].

Gov. Pub.. Mathematical Tables, Dublin.
 Supplementary Book Resources 


Duncan, Tom. (2005), Physics for Today and Tomorrow Second Ed., John Murray, London.

Duncan, Tom. (2000), Advanced Physics, Fifth Ed., Hodder, London.

Duncan, T.and Kennett, H.. (2001), GCSE Physics, Hodder, London.

Nuffield Advanced Science. (2004), Book of Data, Longman, UK.

Henri Gwyn Davies,Gordon Allen Hicks. (1998), Mathematics for Scientific and Technical Students, Routledge, p.595, [ISBN: 9780582413887].

Bird, John. Engineering Mathematics2012, 7th Edition. Routledge, [ISBN: 9780415662802].
 This module does not have any article/paper resources 

Other Resources 


Website, Fear of Physics website,

Website, Physics website in Ireland,

Website, DkIT Maths Learning Centre. Assistance with Maths,

Website, Khan Academy. Maths Tutorials,
 