BSEN30530 Numerical Methods for Agricult

Academic Year 2023/2024

To solve many agricultural technical problems they need to be modelled mathematically. These mathematical models can then be solved sometimes analytically but more often numerical solutions are required. In this module students will learn how to apply numerical methods to solving a range of such problems.
Equation roots: bisection, Newton-Raphson. Optimisation: simplex method, curve fitting. Simultaneous equations: Gaussian elimination, LU decomposition, Gauss-Seidel. Numerical differentiation and Integration: Simpson’s rule. Differential equations: Euler, central difference, Runge-Kutta, finite differences, Crank-Nicolson, stability.
Simulation techniques will also be introduced.
This module will take place over a 7-week period and the final examination will be during the March break.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have acquired:
• knowledge and understanding of a range of numerical techniques;
• knowledge and understanding of the defects of numerical techniques especially stability and accuracy issues;
• skills and competency in numerically solving a range of problems;
• some insights into simulation techniques.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Computer Aided Lab




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
To get the maximum out of this module a student should attend all lectures and take appropriate notes. Some of the notes are on Brightspace but these is not sufficient to pass the examination.

Students are expected to attend the practicals and do the assignments, which are assessed. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

MATH10230 and MATH10240 or equivalent. Also, knowledge of a programming language such as Pyton or Mathlab is necessary.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
EEEN30150 - Modelling and Simulation

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of 7-week trimester examination in March 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: A number of assignments are carried out throughout the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26 Mon 15:00 - 16:50
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Tues 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Wed 15:00 - 15:50