Course Title: Apply calculus in engineering situations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MATH5323C

Course Title: Apply calculus in engineering situations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr. Sergei Eljaste
TEL: 03 9925 4661
LOCATION: 57.5.15

Teacher: Mr. Leon Mattatia
TEL: 03 9925 4668
LOCATION: 57.5.15

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

This unit covers applying concepts of calculus to engineering situations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23002A Apply calculus in engineering situations


1 Apply differentiation techniques to engineering applications

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Solve engineering problems using the rules of differentiation.


2 Apply integration techniques to engineering applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Use integration techniques to obtain integrals of algebraic, trigonometric and exponential functions and evaluate definite integrals.
2.2. Solve engineering problems using the rules of integration.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials and problem solving.

Teaching Schedule

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.

Teaching WeekTopics

Introduction to the course, OH&S Brief

Basic Concepts, Limits, First Principles

2Limits, First Principles/Power Rule
3Differentiation of functions by rule-Polynominals, Trigonometric, Expontential and Logarithmic functions
4Differentiation of functions by rule-Polynomials, Trigonometric, Exponential and Logarithmic functions
5Chain Rule, Product Rule and Quotient Rule
6Chain Rule, Product Rule and Quotient Rule
7Parametric Differentiation, the concepts of implicit and explicit functions
8Parametric Differentiation, the concepts of implicit and explicit functions
9Differential Calculus-Stationary points, maximum and minimum applications

Newton’s method for solving applications 
Rate of change, Differential calculus of rectilinear motion and engineering application


Introduction to Anti-Differentiation/Integration
Indefinite integral of Polynomials, Trigonometric and Exponential Functions

12Definite integral of Polynomials, Trigonometric and Exponential Functions and hence finding the area of the given functions
13Simpson’s Rule
14Area between the curves
15Integration of rectilinear motion and engineering application
18Final Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed Textbooks. Class notes and references will be provided to students


1.     G. F. Fitz-Gerald and I. A. Peckham, Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists.
2.      K.A. Stroud, Engineering Mathematics fifth edition.

Other Resources

An approved Calculator

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and skills are assessed through the completion of two assessment tasks. All the assessment tasks simulate aerospace and related engineering applications.

Assessment Task One- (Written Assignment 50%)
Assessment Task Two (Open book written Test 50%)

NB: This course is competency based and you must achieve competency in all Elements in order to pass. Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction
CDI: Competent with Distinction
CC: Competent with Credit
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

AssessmentElementPerformance Criteria
Assessment Task One
(Written Assignment)





Assessment Task Two (Open book written test)





Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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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:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you 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. You will be notified within  no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for 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.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

If you miss an exam/test you may be eligible for Special Consideration.  If eligible you must apply within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment. Refer;ID=riderwtscifm for full details.


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