Course Title: Use technical mathematics (basic)
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2010
Course Code: CIVE5658
Course Title: Use technical mathematics (basic)
School: 130T Vocational Engineering
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design
Course Contact: Program Manager
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468
Course Contact Email: engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 60
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
None
Course Description
This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to apply the essential core skills in basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry to simple engineering problems, common to all engineering disciplines.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title: |
EDX130B Use technical mathematics (basic) |
Element: |
1. Solve engineering mathematics problems using fractions and decimals |
Performance Criteria: |
1.1 Calculations involving fractions and mixed numbers are performed. |
Element: |
2. Solve engineering problems using ratio proportion and percent. |
Performance Criteria: |
2.1 A ratio can be formed from information in a practical problem and expressed in its lowest terms. |
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3. Solve two and three dimensional engineering mathematics problems. |
Performance Criteria: |
3.1 The lengths and perimeters of rectangles, circles and combined shapes are calculated. |
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4 Solve engineering mathematical problems using elementary geometric concepts. |
Performance Criteria: |
4.1 Diagrams are drawn to illustrate the meaning of a line, line segment, ray, parallel and perpendicular lines and an angle. |
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5. Solve mathematical problems involving triangles. |
Performance Criteria: |
5.1 Triangles are identified by side or angle. |
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6. Solve engineering mathematical problems by determining the equations of straight lines and representing them graphically on the Cartesian Plane. |
Performance Criteria: |
6.1 The equation of a straight line is determined by measuring the gradient and finding the y intercept. |
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7. Solve analytical and applied problems using the right-angled triangle definition of sine, cosine, tangent. |
Performance Criteria: |
7.1 The unknown side or angle of a right-angled triangle is determined using sine, cosine or tangent of an angle. |
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8. Solve engineering problems involving operations on real numbers and the manipulation eg algebraic terms leading to the solution of linear equations. |
Performance Criteria: |
8.1 The number line is sketched and rational and irrational number location are indicated. |
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9. Transpose and evaluate engineering formulae. |
Performance Criteria: |
9.1 Given values are substituted into simple non-linear formulae to find physical quantities. |
Learning Outcomes
Refer Elements above.
Details of Learning Activities
You will participate in individual and team problem solving activities related to typical engineering workplace problems. These activities involve class participation (discussions and oral presentations), prescribed exercises, homework, tutorials, application of theory to engineering problems and completion of calculations to industry standard, computer software application work in laboratory sessions (depending on availability of computer lab), tests and examination.
Teaching Schedule
This is an indicative teaching schedule. Refer to Online Blackboard announcements for changes.
Week 1 - Fractions and decimals
Week 2 - Ratio, Proportion and Percentages
Week 3 - Measurement and Mensuration
Week 4 - Test 1 (Assessment 1)
Week 5 - Algebra Part I
Week 6 - Algebra Part II
Week 7 - Formulae Evaluation and Transposition
Week 8 - Formulae Evaluation and Transposition
Week 9 - Test 2 (Assessment 2)
Week 10 - Introduction to Geometry (Angles, Lines, Geometrical Construction)
Week 11 - Geometry of Triangles and Quadrilaterals
Week 12 - Geometry of Circle
Week 13 - Test 3 (Assessment 3)
Week 14 - Straight Line Coordinate Geometry
Week 15 - Trigonometry Part I
Week 16 - Trigonometry Part II
Week 17 - Test 4 (Assessment 4)
Week 18 - Processing results
Learning Resources
Prescribed Texts
‘Mathematics for technicians’, by Blair Alldis, 6th Edition |
References
Other Resources
Overview of Assessment
Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.
Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:
NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent
CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass
CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit
CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction
CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction
Assessment Tasks
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.
Assessment details:
Assessment 1 – This is a written test (closed book) to cover content so far. This will focus on the students’ ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. This test will have a weighting of 25% of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 2 – This is a written test (closed book) to cover content so far. This will focus on the students’ ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. This test will have a weighting of 25% of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 3 – This is a written test (closed book) to cover content so far. This will focus on the students’ ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. This test will have a weighting of 25% of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 4 – This is a written test (closed book) to cover content so far. This will focus on the students’ ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. This test will have a weighting of 25% of the final overall assessment mark.
Note: Students will not be entitled to any supplementary work. All assessments need to be passed.
Assessment Matrix
Competency / Module |
Written Test 1 | Written Test 2 25 % | Written Test 3 25 % | Written Test 4 25 % |
Fractions, Decimals, Ratio, Proportion, Percentages, Measurement and Mensuration | X | |||
Algebra, Formulae Evaluation and Transposition | X | |||
Introduction to Geometry, Geometry of Triangles, Geometry of Quadrilaterals, Geometry of Circle | X | |||
Straight Line Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry | X |
Other Information
The underpinning knowledge and skills for this course are listed in the accreditation document and are available upon request from your instructor.
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