Faculties and centres
The role of Mathematics has been and remains a subject of discussion in terms of content and teaching methodology. A widely accepted idea is that the role of Mathematics in technical careers and in science in general, is to provide a mathematical model of a technical or scientific problem to deal with. Therefore, learning this discipline should be oriented towards:
a) The ability to develop such a mathematical model, starting with the description of the problem itself in mathematical terms.
b) The ability to analyse and solve the model, either by analytical, numerical, statistical methods, etc.
c) The interpretation and discussion of the results.
Currently, no one would doubt the usefulness of this type of technical or scientific representations from models provided by Mathematics. Discerning what Maths content should be taught to future graduates in Architectural Technology and how its teaching should be done, is a possibly permanent challenge.
In this process, the subjects of Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics I and II have been prepared as core subjects in the curriculum of the Building Engineering Undergraduate Degree from the Polytechnic School of the University of Alicante. Thus, they are intended to constitute a learning tool to introduce the student in a real scientific method of work.
Finally, this subject is, of course, the natural precursor of the subject Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics II, forming with it a full course of algebra and calculus, typical of a technical school.
General Competences (CG)
General Transversal Competences
Our proposal includes specific objectives of a course Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics I, as follows:
1) Improve the training of students and promoting their critical spirit of inquiry and reasoning skills, fostering creativity.
2) To enable the students to learn a method of work, capable of, given a specific problem, distinguishing what is important from what is not, giving solutions to the problem and interpreting the results.
3) To deepen the student's understanding of mathematical language, specific methods of some of the different aspects of mathematics and its application to different models to analyse and interpret the results.
4) Provide students with the required mathematical instrument for the study of other disciplines in his study programme.
5) Provide students with a repertoire of basic concepts, methods of reasoning and analysis techniques or calculus, adapted to their future professional needs.