This thesis is an account of experiments into the teaching of mathematics
to engineering undergraduates which have been conducted over twenty
years against a background of changing intake ability, varying output
requirements and increasing restrictions on the formal contact time
The aim has been to improve the efficiency of the teaching-learning
The main areas of experimentation have been the integration in the
syllabus of numerical and analytical methods, the incorporation of case
studies into the curriculum and the use of micro-based software to enhance
the teaching process.
Special attention is paid to courses in Mathematical Engineering and their
position in the spectrum of engineering disciplines.
A core curriculum in mathematics for undergraduate engineers is
proposed and details are provided of its implementation. The roles of case
studies and micro-based software are highlighted. The provision of a
mathematics learning resource centre is considered a necessary feature of
the implementation of the proposed course. Finally, suggestions for
further research are made.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.