Course Title: Use mathematics for higher level engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Program Manager
Mr. Ahmet Ertuncay
Tel. +61 3 9925 8375

Ms. Annabelle Lopez
Tel. +61 3 9925 4823

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:

01.1 Numbers are identified as ∈R
01.2 Absolute value is defined.
01.3 Domain and range of functions are determined.
01.4 Graphs of absolute value, quadratic and composite functions are drawn.


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

Performance Criteria:

02.1 Linear equations are represented as a matrix.
02.2 Elementary row operations are applied to a matrix.
02.3 Gaussian elimination is used to solve an augmented matrix.
02.4 The solutions of a matrix are interpreted.2.5
02.5 The transpose, inverse and determinant of a matrix up to 3×3 is determined and interpreted.
02.6 Matrices are solved using parameters.
02.7 A software application package is used to solve and interpret linear systems.


03. Define and evaluate rate of change.

Performance Criteria:

03.1 Functions are examined for various limits.
03.2 The derivative is defined from first principles.
03.3 Non differentiable functions are examined.


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

Performance Criteria:

04.1 Units are substituted into functions to calculate the rate of change.
04.2 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:

05.1 Sinusoidal functions are graphed and interpreted.
05.2 First derivatives of sin, cos and tan are proved from first principles.
05.3 Implicit functions are derived.
05.4 Trigonometric functions are subject to second order differentiation.
05.5 A computer application package is used to graph Trigonometric functions.


06. Graph functions using the first and second derivative.

Performance Criteria:

06.1 Critical values are used to define stationary and inflection points.
06.2 The angle of intersection between two curves is found using differentiation.
06.3 A computer application package is used to graph functions.


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

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

08.1 The mass of a beam is determined using integration.
08.2 The moment of a blade is determined though integration.
08.3 Bounded area is calculated using upper and lower Riemann Sum.


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

Performance Criteria:

09.1 Definite integrals are derived and calculated.
09.2 Functions are integrated using the Second Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
09.3 Functions are integrated using substitution.
09.4 A Computer application package is used to calculate definite integrals.


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 examined.
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 determined.
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

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Teaching Schedule

Week     Topic Delivered                                                                                                                                        Elements / Performance Criteria
1Download/Explain course including assessments and policies/Revision of Pre Requisite course
Real Numbers are defined and identified Basic concepts
The Absolute value
Assignment (part A) handed out (worth 5% of total mark) due in week 4.
2Domain and range of functions are determined.
Graphs of absolute value, quadratic and composite functions are drawn
1.3, 1.4

Linear Algebra:
Linear equations are represented as a matrix.
Matrix Algebra
Definition and Matrix Algebra
Elementary row operations

4Matrix Algebra
The Transpose, the Inverse of a matrix                                                                                                Assignment A due
5 Linear Algebra
The Inverse of a matrix, determinants of a matrix, revision 
Assignment 1 handed out (worth 15% of total marks, due in week 16).
 2.5, 2.6,2.7
6Test (Closed book, worth 30% of overall grade) - Topics covered in test include but not limited to: absolute value equations/inequalities, domain & range, graphing, Linear algebra/matrix algebra including transpose, inverse, eigenvalues & eigenvectors, determinants, matrices & operations with matrices, solutions of linear equations (Gaussian elimination) & ALL applications 


7Application of matrix algebra to real life problems. Engineering Applications
Determinants of a matrix, Application of matrix algebra to solving linear systems


8Solutions of linear equations, Application of matrix algebra to real life problems, Engineering applications, Determinants of a matrix, Application of matrix algebra to solving linear systems


9Solutions of linear equations, Application of matrix algebra to real life problems, Engineering applications, Determinants of a matrix, Application of matrix algebra to solving linear systems


10Functions of multiple Variables
Graphs, level curves and surfaces
11Partial derivatives, product rule, Quotient rule5.1,5.2,5.3,5.4,5.5
12Partial derivatives, chain rule; directional derivative
Maxima and minima
Define and evaluate rate of change
14The Exponential and Logarithmic functions
Differentiation and integration of Exponential and Logarithmic functions
Hyperbolic Functions
Inverse Hyperbolic Functions



15Applications of Exponential, Logarithmic, Hyperbolic and Invers Hyperbolic functions in engineering12.1,12.2,12.3,12.4
16Further applications,                                                                                                                                                           Assignment 1 (2nd assignment worth 15% of overall grade) due


17 - 18Exam (Closed book, worth 50% of overall grade (in week 17or18), feedback may be available in week 18
 Exam topics include but not limited to: partial derivatives, higher derivatives, total derivative, differentiation & integration of hyperbolic functions and inverse functions (including inverse hyperbolic functions), application of all rules of differentiation & integration to other forms of functions, applications.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Fitzgerald G. F, Peckham I.A, Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists, fourth edition, 2005, 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

• Assignments, 20% (5%+20%)
• Test, 30%
• Exam , 50%

Assessment Matrix


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Other Information

• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 12 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills 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:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

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The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

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Special Consideration:

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