Course Title: Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2016
Course Code: MATH7064
Course Title: Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C3305  Certificate III in Science
Course Contact: Namrita Kaul
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309
Course Contact Email: namrita.kaul@rmit.edu.au
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Marjorie Furlan
marjorie.furlan@rmit.edu.au
Nominal Hours: 70
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 nonclassroom activities.
Prerequisites and Corequisites
There are no prerequisites for this unit.
Course Description
The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and skills related to basic statistics, functions and their graphs, circular functions, exponents and logarithms.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title: 
VU20934 Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts 
Element: 
1. Use unit circle definitions of trigonometric quantities, graphs of the three basic trigonometric functions and radian measure to solve mathematics problems. 
Performance Criteria: 
1.1 Sin θ, cos θ and tan θ are defined in terms of the unit circle and symmetry properties are used to convert the function of a negative angle or an angle greater than 90° to the function of an acute angle 1.2 Angles are converted between degrees and radian measure 1.3 The value of the three basic trigonometric ratios of any angle given in degrees or radians is determined 1.4 The graphs of y = sin x, y = cos x and y = tan x, where x is measured in degrees or radians are sketched 1.5 The graphs of y = a sin bx and y = a cos bx, giving amplitude and wavelength are sketched 1.6 Problems involving simple applications of circular functions are solved 
Element: 
2. Use simple algebraic functions and their graphs to solve mathematics problems. 
Performance Criteria: 
2.1 Simple problems involving direct and inverse proportion are solved 2.2 Given a graph, its general shape, rates of change, intercepts and asymptotes are described and its domain and range are given using set notation 2.3 The graph of a quadratic function is sketched 2.4 Given its graph, the set of coordinates which make up the relation or its equation determine whether a relation is a function 2.5 Quadratic equations are solved both algebraically and graphically 2.6 Equations are determined from graphs with known quadratic rules 2.7 Simultaneous equations are solved algebraically and graphically 
Element: 
3. Determine nonlinear laws by transforming them into a linear form. 
Performance Criteria: 
3.1 A set of nonlinear data is transformed to a linear form and the line of best fit is drawn 3.2 The corresponding nonlinear formula is determined 
Element: 
4. Solve problems involving exponential and logarithmic functions. 
Performance Criteria: 
4.1 Exponential expressions are simplified using the laws of indices 4.2 Exponential equations are solved without using logarithms 4.3 Expressions are converted between exponential and logarithmic forms 4.4 Logarithms are evaluated 4.5 Applied problems are solved using logarithms and simple exponential equations 4.6 Graphs of exponential functions are drawn 
Element: 
5. Collect and process numerical data to illustrate its statistical properties. 
Performance Criteria: 
5.1 Statistical data is presented using tables and graphs 5.2 Using frequency distribution curves, determine numbers and/or percentage values which have a particular characteristic 5.3 Using cumulative frequency curves, determine percentiles for data 5.4 Measures of central tendency are determined for a given set of data giving limitation of their use in isolation 5.5 Determine measures of spread giving limitation of their use in isolation 
Learning Outcomes
Details of Learning Activities
 discussions about the theory of mathematical concepts and their real world applications.
 exercises to consolidate knowledge
Teaching Schedule
Week 
Dates 
Unit 
Topic Assessments 
1 
Tuesday 5th July Friday 8th July 
1: Algebra 
1.1 Linear Equations 1.2 Quadratic Equations 
2 
Tuesday 12th July Friday 15th July 
1.3 Simultaneous Quadratic and Linear Equations 1.4 Cubic Equations 

3 
Tuesday 19th July Friday 22nd July 
2: Functions 
2.1 Function and Set Notation 2.2 Linear Functions 
4 
Tuesday 26th July Friday 1st August 
2.3 Quadratic Functions 2.4 Cubic Functions 

5 
Tuesday 9th August 
2.5 Linearizing Functions 

Friday 12th August 
Assignment 1 
Assignment 1 Algebra and Functions (15%) Started in Class Due Thursday 18th August 

6 
Tuesday 16th August Friday 19th August 
3: Indices and Logarithms 
3.1 Index Laws 3.2 Solve Indicial Equations 3.3 The Relationship Between Indices and Logarithms Assignment 1 Due Thursday 18th August 
7 
Tuesday 23rd August Friday 26th August 
3.4 Exponential Graphs 3.5 Applications of Exponentials and Logarithms 

Mid Semester Break No Class 30th August & 2nd September 

8 
Tuesday 6th September Friday 9th September 
(Exam Week) Quiz 1 
Revision – Indices & Logarithms Quiz 1 – Indices and Logarithms (15%) 
9 
Tuesday 13th September Friday 16th September 
4: Statistics 
4.1 Classification and Organisation of Data 4.2 Representing Data 
10 
Tuesday 20th September Friday 23rd September 
4.3 Measures of Central Tendency – Ungrouped Data 4.4 Measures of Central Tendency – Grouped Data 

11 
Tuesday 27th September Friday 30th September 
Assignment 2 
4.5 Measures of Dispersion Assignment 2 – Statistics (15%) Started in Class – Due Thursday 6th October 
12 
Tuesday 4th October Friday 7th October 
5: Circular Functions 
5.1 Radians and the Unit Circle 5.2 Unit Circle, Symmetry, Exact Values and Identities Assignment 2 – Statistics (15%) Due Thursday 6th October 
13

Tuesday 11th October Friday 14th October 
Circular Functions Practice – online Quiz 5.3 Circular Functions 

14 
Tuesday 18th October Friday 21st October 
5.4 Applications of Circular Functions 

15 
Tuesday 25th October Friday 28th October 
Quiz 2 
Quiz 2 Circular Functions (15%) Exam Revision 
16 
Tuesday Ist November Friday 4th November 
Exam Revision 
PH – Cup Day Exam Revision 
17 
Tuesday 8th November

(Exam Week) EXAM 
Final Exam (30%) 
Learning Resources
Prescribed Texts
References
Other Resources
A scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment may consist of written tests, in class activities, presentations & written reports.
Assessment Tasks
Week 
Date 
Assessment 
Topic/Details 
5 
Due Thursday 18th August 5:30pm Submit at office Level 6 Building 51 
Assignment 1 
Assignment 1  Algebra and Functions (20%) Started in class 12th August Due Thursday 18th August 5:30pm 
8(Exam Week) 
Friday 9th September in class 
Quiz 1 
Quiz 1 – Indices and Logarithms (15%) 
12 
Thursday 6th October Submit at office Level 6 Building 51 
Assignment 2 
Assignment 2 – Statistics (20%) Started in Class 30th September Due Thursday 6th October 
15 
Tuesday 25th October In class 
Quiz 2 
Quiz 2 Circular Functions (15%) 
17 
17(Exam Week) Tuesday 8th November 
EXAM 
Final Exam (30%) 
Assessment Matrix
Other Information
This course is graded in accordance with competencybased assessment, but also utilises graded assessment
CHD: Competent with High Distinction (80100%)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (7079%)
CC: Competent with Credit (6069%)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (5059%)
NYC: Not Yet Competent (049%)
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION FOR ASSESSABLE WORK:
o A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date.
o They must lodge the application form (available online http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date.
o The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (namrita.kaul@rmit.edu.au).
o Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the “Help Me” link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration).
§ 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 (eg. Medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
§ If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedures of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.
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