MATH00030 Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture - Mathematics I

Academic Year 2023/2024

The objective of this course is to give a grounding in a wide variety of mathematical techniques and concepts which will be needed when students take MATH00040, Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture - Mathematics II, in the second trimester.
Together these modules will enable students to obtain the necessary mathematical skills for entry to a Science, Engineering or Agriculture degree programme at UCD. In addition to these modules, students may avail of the services of the Maths Support Centre - see

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:
1. Manipulate numerical and algebraic expressions;
2. Solve linear, quadratic and simultaneous equations;
3. Sketch lines and curves;
4. Define what a function is;
5. Use trigonometric identities;
6. Differentiate and integrate polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions;
7. Identify and calculate measures of centre and measures of spread of a data set; and
8. fit a straight line to a set of points using the least squares method.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, tutorials, and Maths Support Centre sessions promote a discursive style where sense-making of the underlying mathematical concepts is explored. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

All Access SEAM students are obliged to attend the pre-entry Hot Topics in Mathematics workshops.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of semester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: 3 in class tests. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be available as a whole class in lectures and individually in the UCD Maths Support Centre (MSC) ONLINE at the weekly 90-minute support session. Self-assessment and online personalised feedback is available through the Numbas software. Peer review is encouraged in the MSC setting.

Name Role
Dr Anthony Brown Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Claire Mullen Tutor
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) - 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 Sat 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 8, 11 Wed 18:00 - 21:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12 Wed 20:00 - 21:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 9 Wed 20:30 - 21:50