Title:  Automotive Mathematics 
Long Title:  Automotive Mathematics 
Field of Study: 
Mathematics

Valid From: 
Semester 1  2016/17 ( September 2016 ) 
Module Coordinator: 
David Goulding 
Module Author: 
AINE NI SHE 
Module Description: 
An introduction to fundamental mathematical calculations and problem solving directly relating to motor vehicle construction and automotive principles. 
Learning Outcomes 
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to: 
LO1 
Solve problems involving basic arithmetic, algebra and mensuration relating to automotive applications. 
LO2 
Solve equations, evaluate and transpose formulae. 
LO3 
Apply trigonometry to solve problems with relating to automotive applications. 
LO4 
Draw and interpret graphs relating to automotive applications. 
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 MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).


Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list. 
No incompatible modules listed 
Corequisite Modules

No Corequisite modules listed 
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed 
Module Content & Assessment
Indicative Content 
Arithmetic and Mensuration
Ratio and proportion, percentage calculations, tax calculations, simple and compound interest. Metric and
imperial conversions. Engine capacity, compression ratio, swept volume, clearance volume and rebore
calculations. Wheel circumference, aspect ratio, speed and distance calculations. Crosssectional area,
surface area, volume, density of regular and irregular shapes.

Algebra
Laws of indices, standard form, binary and denary systems. Simple and simultaneous equations, evaluation
and transposition of formulae.

Trigonometry
Trigonometrical ratios, Sine, Cosine and Tangent tables, constructing angles, Sine and Cosine waves, angle
of elevation and depression, Sine Rule, Cosine Rule.

Graphs
Constructing, plotting and analysing graphs relating to automotive applications – engine power and torque
curves, valve lift curve, piston movement to crankshaft rotation graphs.

Assessment Breakdown  % 
Course Work  40.00% 
End of Module Formal Examination  60.00% 
Course Work 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Assessment Date 
Short Answer Questions 
Series of inclass tests based on homework and lab work. These tests will be held regularly over the semester, normally once per fortnight. 
1,2,3,4 
20.0 
Every Second Week 
Short Answer Questions 
Written Assessment 
1,2 
20.0 
Week 7 
End of Module Formal Examination 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Assessment Date 
Formal Exam 
EndofSemester Final Examination 
1,2,3,4 
60.0 
EndofSemester 
Reassessment Requirement 
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.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment
Module Workload
Workload: Full Time 
Workload Type 
Workload Description 
Hours 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Lecture 
Lecture 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Tutorial 
Based on lecture notes and exercise sheets 
1.0 
Every Second Week 
0.50 
Independent & Directed Learning (Noncontact) 
Review lecture material, worksheets and further study 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Lab 
Use of software packages to enhance learning 
1.0 
Every Second Week 
0.50 
Lecture 
Lecture 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Independent & Directed Learning (Noncontact) 
Review of exercise sheets 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Total Hours 
14.00 
Total Weekly Learner Workload 
13.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
7.00 
Workload: Part Time 
Workload Type 
Workload Description 
Hours 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Tutorial 
Tutorial 
1.0 
Every Week 
1.00 
Lecture 
No Description 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Independent & Directed Learning (Noncontact) 
No Description 
3.0 
Every Week 
3.00 
Total Hours 
7.00 
Total Weekly Learner Workload 
7.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
4.00 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources 

 Allan Bonnick 2008, Automotive science and mathematics, ButterworthHeinemann Oxford [ISBN: 978075068522]
 J.O. Bird 2014, Basic Engineering Mathematics, 6th Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 978041566278]
 J.O. Bird 2010, Basic Engineering Mathematics [ebook], 6th Ed., Newnes [ISBN: 9780080959184]
 Supplementary Book Resources 

 Jason C. Rouvel 2006, Automotive Mathematics, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0131148737]
 John Bird 2014, Engineering Mathematics, 7th Ed., Newnes Oxford [ISBN: 978041566280]
 John Bird 2010, Engineering Mathematics [ebook], 6th Ed., Newnes Oxford [ISBN: 97800809656]
 This module does not have any article/paper resources 

Other Resources 

 Website: Modulespecific Blackboard materials
 Website: CIT Maths Online
 Website: MathCentre
 Website: MathTutor

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