Course Title: Use mathematics for higher level engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: CIVE5699

Course Title: Use mathematics for higher level engineering

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Elmas Aliu
9925 4360 

Nominal Hours: 60

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

EDX130B Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EAX110B Use calculus

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to differentiate and integrate nth degree polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions and hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic functions.
This unit also covers the skills and knowledge required in solving engineering mathematics problems by using differentiation, integration and systems of linear equations in conjunction with the deployment of a suitable software application package. This unit also covers the competencies achieved in first semester Engineering athematics at university.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAX095B Use mathematics for higher level engineering


01. Graph simple functions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Numbers are identified as ∈R
1.2 Absolute value is defined.
1.3 Domain and range of functions are determined.
1.4 Graphs of absolute value, quadratic and composite functions are


02. Use systems of linear equations to solve Engineering mathematics problems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Linear equations are represented as a matrix.
2.2 Elementary row operations are applied to a matrix.
2.3 Gaussian elimination is used to solve an augmented matrix.
2.4 The solutions of a matrix are interpreted.2.5
2.6 The transpose, inverse and determinant of a matrix up to 3×3 is
determined and interpreted.
2.7 Matrices are solved using parameters.
2.8 A software application package is used to solve and interpret
linear systems.


03. Define and evaluate rate of change.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Functions are examined for various limits.
3.2 The derivative is defined from first principles.
3.3 Non differentiable functions are examined.


04. Use the derivative of a function to calculate rates of change.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Units are substituted into functions to calculate the rate of
4.2 The product, quotient and chain rule are used to find the
derivative of a function.


05. Examine the derivatives of the six trigonometric functions.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Sinusoidal functions are graphed and interpreted.
5.2 First derivatives of sin, cos and tan are proved from first
5.3 Implicit functions are derived.
5.4 Trigonometric functions are subject to second order
5.5 A computer application package is used to graph Trigonometric


06. Graph functions using the first and second derivative.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Critical values are used to define stationary and inflection points.
6.2 The angle of intersection between two curves is found using
6.3 A computer application package is used to graph functions.


07. Determine the maximum or minimum of functions in engineering situations.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Relationships between functions are examined through related
rates of change.
7.2 Maxima and minima problems are solved using related rates of
7.3 The mean value theorem is applied to differentiation


08. Relate density, mass and moment using antiderivatives or indefinite integrals.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The mass of a beam is determined using integration
8.2 The moment of a blade is determined though integration.
8.3 Bounded area is calculated using upper and lower Riemann


09. Integrate functions using the properties of The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Definite integrals are derived and calculated.
9.2 Functions are integrated using the Second Fundamental
Theorem of Calculus.
9.3 Functions are integrated using substitution.
9.4 A Computer application package is used to calculate definite


10. Apply the definite integral to engineering calculations.

Performance Criteria:

10.1 The area between two curves is calculated.
10.2 The volume of an ellipsoid is calculated.
10.4 The length of an arc is calculated.
10.5 Work done is calculated.
10.6 Centre of mass and the first moment is calculated.
10.7 Centroid of a plane region is calculated.


11. Integrate exponential and Logarithmic functions.

Performance Criteria:

11.1 An inverse function is defined.
11.2 The properties of exponential and logarithmic functions are
11.3 The function ex is derived and integrated.
11.4 The function lnx is derived and integrated.
11.5 Exponential and logarithmic functions are graphed using a
computer application package.
11.6 Growth and decay rates are calculated.


12. Integrate inverse Trigonometric Functions.

Performance Criteria:

12.1 Inverse trigonometric functions are defined.
12.2 The derivative of inverse trigonometric functions is determined.
12.3 The definite integral of inverse trigonometric functions is
12.4 Inverse trigonometric functions are graphed using a computer
software application package.


13. Differentiate and integrate Hyperbolic and Inverse Hyperbolic Functions.

Performance Criteria:

13.1 Coshx, sinhx, tanhx are defined.
13.2 The derivative of sinhx, coshx and tanhx are defined.
13.3 Engineering mathematics problems are solved using the
derivative of Hyperbolic functions.
13.4 Inverse hyperbolic functions are differentiated and integrated.

Learning Outcomes

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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 (MATLAB, depending on availability of computer lab), tests and examination.

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1Download/Explain course including assessments and policies/Revision of Pre Requisite course
• Real Numbers are defined and identified Basic concepts
• The Absolute value
2• Domain and range of functions are determined.
• Graphs of absolute value, quadratic and composite functions are
3• Linear Algebra:
• Linear equations are represented as a matrix.
• Matrix Algebra
• Definition and Matrix Algebra
• Elementary row operations
4• Matrix Algebra
• The Transpose, the Inverse of a matrix
5Test 1 
6Determinants of a matrix
Application of matrix algebra to solving
linear systems.
7Solutions of linear equations
• Application of matrix algebra to real life problems. Engineering Applications
8• Functions of multiple Variables
• Graphs, level curves and surfaces
9• Test 2 
10• Partial derivatives, chain rule;
• directional derivative
• Maxima and minima
elements 6,7,8
11• Application of partial derivatives
• Define and evaluate rate of change
Integral calculus 
12• The Exponential and Logarithmic functions
• Differentiation and integration of Exponential and Logarithmic functions
• Hyperbolic Functions 
13• Test 3 
14• The Exponential and Logarithmic functions
• Differentiation and integration of Exponential and Logarithmic functions
• Hyperbolic Functions
 elements 8,9,10
15• Differentiation and integration of Inverse Hyperbolic Functions
elements  11,12,13
16• Applications of Exponential, Logarithmic, Hyperbolic and Invers Hyperbolic functions into engineering problems
• Revision
17• Test 4 
18• Finalising Results 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Fitzgerald G. F, Peckham I.A, Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists, forth edition, Pearson Education Australia



Glyn James, Modern Engineering Mathematics, fourth edition, Pearson Education Australia


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 Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment TaskSubmission Time
1,2,Test 1 (25%)week 5
3,4Test 2 (25%)week 9
5,6,7,8Test 3 (25%)week 13
9,10,11,12,13Test 4(25%)week 17 or 18

Other Information

Minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours.

- Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resourses, assignements, notes and other learning material, preparation for test and exam and individual student - teacher course related consultation.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to
complete their studies.

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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

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