There are assignments throughout the module for students to complete by dates specified on the study schedule. There are two types of assignments: tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs), which are detailed below, with samples based on the extract.

In most cases an iCMA consists of about 24 questions, which are accessed and submitted for grading online. Students can view a worked solution, as well as their grade for each question.

Each TMA consists of several questions. Each student sends his/her written solutions for each TMA to his/her own tutor for grading. A tutor is likely to write plenty of comments on a TMA before it is returned, as TMAs are used as a way of providing individualised teaching and encouragement to the student.

In order to pass MST124, you need to achieve an average of 40% or more on all of the assignments and 40% on the examination.

On most of the qualifications in mathematical sciences a student will normally also need to achieve a certain standard in Stage 1 mathematics before progressing to Stage 2.