Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Mathematical Sciences


Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Core Mathematics A (MATH1012) and Core Mathematics B1 (MATH1051) [the latter may be co-requisite].


  • Core Mathematics B1 (MATH 1051) unless taken before.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (MATH1551), Single Mathematics A (MATH1561), Single Mathematics B (MATH1571), Foundation Mathematics (MATH1641), Contours and Symmetries II (MATH2111), Contours and Hyperbolic Geometry II (MATH2121), Contours and Actuarial Mathematics II (MATH2171) and Contours and Probability II (MATH2**1).


  • To introduce the student to the theory of complex analysis.


  • Complex differentiation.
  • Power Series.
  • Contour Integrals.
  • Calculus of Residues.
  • Conformal Mappings.
  • Applications.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will: be able to solve unseen problems in Complex Analysis.
  • Reproduce theoretical mathematics in the field of Complex Analysis to a level appropriate to Level 2.
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of this subject demonstrated through one or more of the following topic areas: Complex Differentiation.
  • Power series.
  • Contour integrals, calculus of residues.
  • Conformal mappings.
  • Applications of Complex analysis.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • In addition students will have enhanced mathematical skills in the following areas: Spatial awareness.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • Lecturing demonstrates what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical examples.
    • Weekly homework problems provide formative assessment to guide students in the correct development of their knowledge and skills.
    • Tutorials provide active engagement and feedback to the learning process.
    • The end-of-year examination assesses the knowledge acquired and the ability to solve predictable and unpredictable problems.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 42 2 per week for 19 weeks and 1 in term 3 1 Hour 42
    Tutorials 10 Fortnightly for 20 weeks 1 Hour 10
    Problems Classes 10 Fortnightly for 20 weeks 1 Hour 10
    Preparation and Reading 138
    Total 200

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    end of year written examination 3 hours 100% yes

    Formative Assessment:

    One written assignment to be handed in every third lecture in the first 2 terms. Normally each will consist of solving problems from a Problems Sheet and typically will be about 2 pages long. Students will have about one week to complete each assignment

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University