Discovering mathematics – MU123

Discovering mathematics

MU123 is intended to enrich mathematical knowledge and understanding and to provide techniques and strategies to tackle mathematical problems.

MU123 looks at a variety of mathematical topics such as numbers, statistics, graphs, algebra, trigonometry and associated techniques. It also introduces mathematical modelling and some problem-solving strategies. As well as ‘doing the maths’ you will learn how to interpret results in context and to explain your approach and conclusions.

What you will study

There are fourteen units in Discovering mathematics:

  • Book A
    • Unit 1 Starting points
    • Unit 2 Mathematical models
    • Unit 3 Numbers
    • Unit 4 Statistical summaries
  • Book B
    • Unit 5 Algebra
    • Unit 6 Graphs
    • Unit 7 Equations and inequalities
  • Book C
    • Unit 8 Geometry
    • Unit 9 Expanding algebra
    • Unit 10 Quadratics Book D
    • Unit 11 Statistical pictures
    • Unit 12 Trigonometry
    • Unit 13 Exponentials
    • Unit 14 Mathematics everywhere

Learning 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.

The module contains many real world contexts such as journey planning, glaciers, supply and demand, depreciation, poverty levels, chance events, and medical conditions (such as cancer), to help illustrate mathematical topics.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Some key ideas in mathematics, including some statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Basic mathematical vocabulary and notation introduced and developed in the study units.
  • A repertoire of mathematical techniques for solving problems.

Cognitive skills

  • Select and use appropriate techniques and strategies for solving problems in a range of everyday and abstract contexts.
  • Interpret mathematics in real-life situations, checking that answers are sensible within the context of the problem.
  • Develop simple mathematical arguments.

Key skills

  • Explain mathematical ideas from the study units in writing, using appropriate terminology, notation and style.
  • Develop skills in learning independently – manage study time, learn actively, reflect on progress and plan further learning.
  • Use ICT tools such as the electronic assessment system and online resourcesfor learning.

Practical skills

  • Describe problems mathematically.
  • Use a computer to help to investigate and solve a range of mathematicalquestions and problems.
  • Analyse and comment on the mathematical reasoning of others.
About this course:
UK Credits = 30 (15 ECTS)
Course code MU123
Credits 30
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
5 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
My Results
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