Mathematical Laboratory and Modeling (6 credits)

Course Code: HS-MATH1641_2017

Level-of-study: Age: 16 or above

Course Period: July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017

Programme Fee: HKD 4,260 and HKD 350 application fee

Deadline for Application:

  • Non-local Applicants:  March 15, 2017
  • Local Applicants:          May 31, 2017


Type of Programme: Credit-bearing course

Area of Interest: Mathematics

Managed by: Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science


  • Students:       Local; Non-local
  • Age:                 16 or above

Admission requirements: 

Pass the screening test. Remote screening test for non-local applicants would be held in March, 2017. The screening test for local applicants will be held on June 10, 2017 (Saturday).

Class Day:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Course Description

This course introduces a powerful and free computer software Scilab for scientific research. The programming language will be taught via a number of mathematical models in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Statistics and Management. Some basic and important techniques in Calculus and Linear Algebra will also be covered.

Course Outline

In this course, we shall

  1. introduce fundamental programming techniques in SciLab,
  2. demonstrate how mathematical models are formulated, and
  3. how to interpret these models with the help of computer.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)
CLO 1 recognize the importance of numerical methods in mathematical modeling
CLO 2 demonstrate basic algebraic and arithmetic computations in the Scilab environment
CLO 3 write and interpret programs in Scilab programming language
CLO 4 solve simple numerical problems using interactive Scilab commands
CLO 5 solve moderately complicated numerical problems by writing Scilab programs

Study Load

36 contact hours + 120 learning hours


Assignments / in-class activities (20%), two midterm tests (30%) and one 2.5 hour written examination (50%)

No supplementary examination will be offered.

#Important Note: You are required to settle the application fee of HKD 350 (non-refundable) when applying for admission to this credit-bearing summer course. 

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