Course Title: Apply Calculus to Engineering Problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET7299

Course Title: Apply Calculus to Engineering Problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher :- Sergei Eljaste
Phone: 9925 4661
Office Location: Building 57, Level 5

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply calculus to the solution to engineering problems. This includes differentiation and integration applications to rectilinear motion, maxima and minima and simple differential equations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP234 Apply Calculus to Engineering Problems


Identify the requirements for applying calculus.


Select appropriate mathematical method


Undertake solution


Verify and interpret result

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course may include:
• Attending lectures at which the course content will be presented and taught with appropriate examples
• Completing the assigned questions during class time
• Private study, consolidating the material provided/recommended in class and completing all required exercises and other tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching WeekTopic
1 Introduction to the course, Function Notification, Limits.
 Differentiation: Gradient of curve, differentiation by first principles
 Basic rules of differentiation and differentiation of polynomials
 Chain rule, product rule and quotient rule
 Differentiation of trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions
 Tangent and normal, maxima-minima problems
Basic  Integration and it’s rules. Definite integral and finding areas
Integrations of trigonometric and exponential functions and integrations involving logarithm.
9Integration by substitutions and part. Application of integration in rectilinear motion
10Basic first order differential equations
Revision  (2.5 hrs)
Final Test (2.5 hrs)
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The resources include the lecture notes, excercises, and any engineering Mathematics or calculus books available in the library .


1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics 9th Ed.
By Erwin Kreyszig

2. James Stewart. Calculus. 5 ed.

Other Resources

Any relevant resources which may include the computer program and calculator.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to perform in differentiation and integration applied to practical engineering applications. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:
2 assignments 20%.  each

Final Test 60%.

Assignments will include practical problems of Differentiation (Assgn 1) and integration (Assgn 2).
The open book test will consist of Differentiation and Integration problems.

All assessment tasks need to be succesfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Matrix

Assignments - Elements 1 - 4

Final test         - Elements 1 - 4

Other Information

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