Course Title: Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MATH5341

Course Title: Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4713

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 110

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to use a range of specialist techniques and concepts to solve mathematical problems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21058 Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems


1. Use ratio, proportion and percent to solve problems

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine a ratio from information in a practical problem and express it in simplest form

1.2 Divide a quantity into a given ratio

1.3 Convert between fractions, decimals and percent forms

1.4 Calculate a percentage increase or decrease of a quantity


2 Use trigonometry to determine lengths and angles

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use Pythagoras’ Theorem to determine an unknown side of a right angled triangle

2.2 Use Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find unknown side lengths and angles in right-angled triangles


3 Use basic indices to solve problems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate simple index form expressions

3.2 Simplify simple exponential expressions using the first two index


3.3 Convert between decimal numbers and numbers expressed in

Standard Notation

3.4 Perform calculations with numbers expressed in Standard

Notation, using a calculator


4 Use measurements to solve mensuration problems in two and three dimensions

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Determine lengths and perimeters of rectangles, triangles, circles and simple combined shapes using appropriate and correct units

4.2 Determine areas of rectangles, triangles, circles and simple combined shapes using appropriate and correct units

4.3 Determine volumes of prisms and pyramids with rectangular, triangular and circular cross-sections and with simple combined shapes as cross sections using appropriate and correct units


5 Substitute into and transpose simple equations and formulae

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Substitute given values into simple equations and formulae

5.2 Write equations to solve simple problems

5.3 Transpose simple formulae

5.4 Solve simple linear equations



6 Solve problems by plotting points

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Plot given points and points determined from the general formula

y = mx on the Cartesian plane

6.2 Determine the gradient of a straight line

6.3 Determine the equation of astraight line, where the equation has

the general form y = mx, y = a and x = b

6.4 Use interpolation and extrapolation to make predictions from the

line of best fit, noting limitations


7 Present and evaluate statistical information

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Collect, organise and graphically represent statistical data

7.2 Interpret, analyse and describe statistical information



8 Identify connections between formulae and graphical representations

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Use graphical techniques to draw linear and simple non-linear


8.2 Develop equations for given linear graphs, including lines of best fit


9 Use algebraic techniques to analyse and solve problems

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Develop formulae to describe relationships between variables and

substitute into formulae to find particular values

9.2 Use a range of techniques to solve a range of algebraic

problems and perform algebraic manipulations


Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Students are expected to participate actively in all learning activities that include:
- discussion of mathematical concepts relevant to each topic
- discussion of the mathematical routines and procedures for solving problems related to each topic
- working independently or in groups in solving problems on exercise and work sheets
- working in groups to solve more challenging problems requiring interpretation and evaluation of results

Teaching Schedule

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course may include:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Matrix

Please refer to the Assessment Tasks section for a mapping from the assessment number to the Unit Element assessed.

Other Information

Assessment Information

• This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60-69%)
CAG Competency Achieved (50 – 59%) 
NYC Not Yet Competent- Graded (0 – 49%)
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the assignment component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 

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