Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae and problem solving techniques in range of context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MATH5350

Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae and problem solving techniques in range of context

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3308 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marcelle Damicoucas

Phone 9925 48 77


Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

The focus of this unit is on developing and using simple formulae to describe and represent relationships between variables in real life contexts and on using simple maths problem solving techniques to interpret and solve straight forward problems. It is delivered in conjunction with  VU21364 Investigate numerical and statistical information in a range of contexts MATH5349.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21365 Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae and problem solving techniques in a range of contex


1 Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae in relevant contexts

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Develop simple formulae and algebraic expressions which generalise straightforward number patterns or relationships between variables in familiar or routine contexts
1.2 Translate simply worded problems involving unknown quantities into simple linear equations
1.3 Use verbal generalisations and informal and symbolic notation, representation and conventions of algebraic expressions
1.4 Substitute into simple formulae or simple linear equations to find particular values and to check the effectiveness of the developed formulae or equation
1.5 Solve simple formulae and equations using informal or formal techniques


2 Use mathematical problem solving techniques to investigate and solve relevant problems

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use appropriate techniques to interpret and extract relevant information from a problem solving activity or text
2.2 Select and use a range of appropriate problem solving techniques
2.3 Assess the reasonableness of the result and select an alternative problem solving techniques, if necessary
2.4 Use the language and terminology of problem solving to communicate the procedures

Learning Outcomes


This unit describes the skills and knowledge to develop numeracy and mathematical skills involving developing and using simple formulae to describe and represent relationships between variables in range of real life contexts, and on using simple mathematical problem solving techniques to interpret and solve straight forward mathematical problems related to their personal, public, work or education and training lives.

The required outcomes described in this unit relate directly to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence at Level Four Numeracy (4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13)


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in General Education for Adults which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Blackboard (Mystudies) on the first day of each teaching week.

Teaching Schedule


13th July, 2015 – 13th November, 2015
Semester break
21st September – 2nd October, 2015
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 3rd November, 2015


 Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is clustered with VU21364 (MATH5349) Investigate numerical and statistical information in a range of contexts . The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course.


WeekVU21365 Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae and problem solving techniques in a range of contexVU21365VU21364
 1 Diagnostic in class test
Survey-‘Maths and Me’ ‘My Experiences of Maths’
Using line graphs to follow or create a story- distance over time





 2 Introduction to simple fractions
Read and investigate types of charts and graphs





 3 Read and investigate types of charts and graphs
Calculate mean median mode and range
Ordering decimals




 4 Read and investigate types of charts and graphs
Calculate mean median mode and range
Ordering decimals


 5 Creating graphs in Excel
Review decimals



 6 Research activity using nutritional data “Which cereal is the healthiest”
Collect data
Graphical representation
Calculate measures of central tendency
Analyse results





Problem solving using percentages






pre assessment review

 Assessment Task 6: Numerical and statistical information,  and Problem solving




 9 Numerical information
Problem solving           



 10The language of equations            



 11Solving linear equations                   





 12Collate data and present graphically using Excell. Interpret graphs for written report for English. Assessment Task 9



1 ,2


Problem solving techniques. Transpose formulae and equations                      







Problem solving using ratio 






Pre assessment review

 Assessment Task 11: Numerical information, formulae and problem solving            





Feedback on assessment tasks.

Post training testing                                       





**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Excursions
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
• Calculator
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This course is delivered as part of an integrated program.

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

You may be assessed by:
• records of teacher observations of your activities, dicussions and practical tasks - portfolio - undertaking real surveys - classroom simulations
• questioning, for example: online response; interviews; self assessment; verbal questioning; written questioning


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


Assessment Tasks

Summative assessment:

Assessment Task 6: Numerical and statistical information, and Problem solving Due week 8

Assessment Task 11: Numerical information,Formulae and Problem solving Due week 15

Formative assessment:
• ongoing observations and feedback
• summaries
• reviews of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (units of competency) from the program.
All assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

 Cover Sheets
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy. The signed cover sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications


All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to the required skills and knowledge. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

Other Information

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required leaning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy


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