Course Title: Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2016
Course Code: MATH7064
Course Title: Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts
School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4327  Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation
Course Contact: Nancy Varughese
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4713
Course Contact Email: nancy.varughese@rmit.edu.au
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Marjorie Furlan
marjorie.furlan@rmit.edu.au
Nominal Hours: 70
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Prerequisites and Corequisites
None
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 sinx, cosx and tanx 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 degrees to the function of an acute angle

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.

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. 
Element: 
4 Solve problems involving exponential and logarithmic functions 
Performance Criteria: 
4.1 Exponential expressions are simplified using the laws of indices. 
Element: 
5 Collect and process numerical data to illustrate its statistical properties 
Performance Criteria: 
5.1 Statistical data is presented using tables and graphs. 
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
 Understand technical mathematical terminology.
 Apply mathematical logic to a scientific context.
 Use a scientific calculator for complex calculations.
Details of Learning Activities
 discussions about the theory of mathematical concepts and their real world applications.
 exercises to consolidate knowledge
Teaching Schedule
Week Date 
Unit 
Topic
 Assessment 

1

1: Algebra 
1.1: Linear Equations 


2

1.3: Simultaneous Quadratic and Linear Equations 


3 23rd Feb

2: Functions 
2.1: Function and Set Notation  
4 1st March

2.3: Quadratic Functions 


5

2.5: Linearizing Functions  Assignment 1 Algebra and Functions (20%) Due 22nd March 


6

3: Indices and Logarithms

3.1: Index Laws 


7 22nd March 
3.4: Exponential Graphs 


29th March

Mid Semester Break (no class) 


8 5th April
 3: Indices and Logarithms 
Quiz One
 Quiz One – Indices and Logarithms (15%) 

10 12th April 
Quiz feedback



4: Statistics  4.1: Classification and Organisation of Data 


4.2: Representing Data 


11 19th April 


12 26th April 
4.4: Measures of Central Tendency – Grouped Data  Assignment Two – Statistics (20%)  
13
 5: Circular Functions

5.1: Radians and the Unit Circle



14 10th May

5.2: Unit Circle, Symmetry, Exact Values and Identities 


15 17th May

5.3: Circular Functions

 
16 24th May  Exam Revision 
Quiz 2 
Quiz 2 Circular Functions (15%) 

17 31st May

EXAM 
Final exam  Final exam (30%)  

Learning Resources
Prescribed Texts
References
Other Resources
A scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
Overview of Assessment
Assessments for this course may include the following:
assignments, quizzes and written exams
Assessment Tasks
· Assignment 1 – Algebra and Functions (20%)
· Quiz 1 – Indices and Logarithms (15%)
· Assignment 2 – Statistics (20%)
· Quiz 2 – Circular Functions (15%)
· Final Exam – Algebra, Functions, Indices and Logarithms, Statistics and Circular Functions (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 (nancy.varughese@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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