Course Title: Engineering Practice 3- Mathematical Modelling for Engineers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 3- Mathematical Modelling for Engineers

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Claude Zorzan

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3270

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.9.76

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH2113 and MATH2114, or their equivalents.

Course Description

Engineering Practice 3 Mathematical Modelling for Engineers is a single semester course introducing you to powerful techniques used to assist in determining a mathematical representation of an engineering problem. The specified mathematical model endeavours to reflect the known features of the application being modelled, as well as predicting the system’s behaviour in other circumstances. This course will integrate theory and application using a problem-based approach. This course also prepares you for future learning in relation to problem solving and decision-making; technical competence; teamwork and leadership; and reflection.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) and BH088 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours/ Bachelor of Business (Management):

Knowledge and Skill Base:

1.2 Conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Determine the curvature of a function and relate it to the deflection of beams.
  2. Calculate the deflections of beams under varying loads and profiles.
  3. Use the influence function to solve beam deflection problems.
  4. Calculate the Fourier series for a variety of periodic functions.
  5. Utilise Fourier series techniques to generate solutions to common boundary value problems.
  6. Determine the vibrational behaviour of beams for different supports

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated (with many examples) in lectures and in online notes. Supervised problem-based tutorial classes will build your capacity to solve problems, encourage you to think critically and analytically and provide feedback on your academic progress. Tests and quizzes will consolidate your basic skills and knowledge of the topics presented in class. Additional self-help tutorial questions will provide a focus for your private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and Blackboard. Blackboard will give access to important announcements, a discussion forum, staff contact details, online notes, tests and quizzes, self-help exercises and past exam papers. You are advised to read your student e-mail account daily for important announcements. You should also visit Blackboard at least once a day for important course announcements and course-related documentation.  

A Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Tutorials 1 & 2
Weighting 6%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Tutorials 3 7
Weighting 15 %
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 5

Assessment Task 3: Tests 1 & 2
Weighting 29%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 5

Assessment Task 4: Exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 6