Course Title: Perform computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: MATH5265C

Course Title: Perform computations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2169 - Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

patrick.walton@rmit.edu.au

ext. 54541

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Nil

Course Description

This unit covers estimating approximate answers to arithmetical problems, carrying out basic calculations involving percentages and proportions, and determining
simple ratios and averages. The unit includes producing and interpreting simple charts and graphs.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM12024A Perform computations

Element:

1. Determine work requirement
2. Perform calculations
3. Produce charts and graphs from given information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Required outcomes are established from job instructions.
1.2 Data is obtained from relevant sources and interpreted correctly.
1.3 Required calculation method is determined to suit the application,
including selection of relevant arithmetic operations and/or formulae.
1.4 Expected results are estimated, including rounding off, as appropriate.

2.1 Calculation method is applied correctly.
2.2 Correct answer is obtained.
2.3 Answer is checked against estimation.

3.1 Data is transposed accurately to produce charts or graphs.
3.2 Charts or graphs accurately reflect data on which they are based.


Learning Outcomes


Refer to elements
 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit covers estimating approximate answers to
arithmetical problems, carrying out basic calculations
involving percentages and proportions, and determining
simple ratios and averages. The unit includes producing and
interpreting simple charts and graphs.

Classroom tutorial activities: Worksheets are provided so as to consolidate the concepts of all covered topics.

Practical exercises: Where applicable, practical problems will be used to demonstrate applications of the topics to real life electrotechnology situations.
A project will be set in order to encourage students to find and understand a mathematical problem and to perform calculations based on their findings.

It is expected that students would require approximately 10% of course hours to be allocated for independent study and to do research for the project.


Teaching Schedule

Week NumberTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1Basic Operations
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.
Order of operations
Worksheet
2Decimals and Percentages
Real number system.
Conversion of decimals to fractions and vice versa.
Worksheet
3Fractions – addition, subtraction, division, multiplicationWorksheet
4Measurement
Scientific Notation
Random and systematic errors.
Absolute and relative errors
Worksheet
5Ratio & Proportion
Direct and inverse proportion.
Worksheet
6Algebra – Substitution, Transposition of formulae (various types including linear, squares etc)Worksheet
7Algebra – Transposition continued.Worksheet
8Exam 1Written Examination on Weeks 1 to 7 topics.
9Volume, length, area, perimeter.Worksheet
10Trigonometry:
Pyhtagoras’ theorem
sin, cos, tan
Unit circle
No assessment as not included in the competency, but required for all electrotechnology apprenticeships
11Graphs – Plotting graphs.
Linear graphs
Worksheet
12Graphs – sin and cos including phase shift.No assessment as not included in the competency, but required for all electrotechnology apprenticeships
13Charts – Histograms and Pie chartsWorksheet
14Exam 2Written Examination on Weeks 9, 10 to 13 topics


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Basic Mathematics, Kruglak & Moore, Schaum’s Outline Series, McGraw-Hill


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities.
You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.


Assessment Tasks

Task 1. Test 1 - 50%
Task 2. Test 2 - 50%


Assessment Matrix

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