# Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes

## Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MATH5296

Course Title: Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3203 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 44 88

Course Contact Email:baia. tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Murphy

ph 99254658

email peter.murphy@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None.

Course Description

The focus of this unit is on developing and using simple formulae to describe and represent relationships between variables in real life contexts  and on using simple maths problem solving techniques to interpret and solve straight forward problems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

 National Element Code & Title: VBQU154 Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae for everyday purposes Element: 1. Investigate and use simple mathematical formulae in familiar contexts Performance Criteria: 1.1 Simple formulae and algebraic expressions are developed which generalise straightforward number patterns or relationships between variables in familiar contexts. 1.2 Simple worded problems involving unknown quantities are translated into simple equations. 1.3 Substitution into simple formulae or equations is used to find particular values and to check the effectiveness of the developed formulae or equation. 1.4 Verbal generalisations and informal and symbolic notation and representation of algebraic expressions are used. 1.5 Solve simple equations using informal techniques Element: 2. Use mathematical problem-solving techniques to investigate and solve familiar problems Performance Criteria: 2.1 Appropriate techniques are used to interpret and extract relevant information from text or problem-solving activity 2.2 A range of appropriate problem-solving techniques are selected and used 2.3 The reasonableness of the result is assessed and alternative problem-solving techniques are used, if necessary 2.4 The language and terminology of problem-solving are used to communicate the procedures and outcomes of the problem solving activity

Learning Outcomes

The required outcomes described in this unit relate directly to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence at Level Four Numeracy (4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13)

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in General Education for Adults which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012

Term Break: Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April 2012

Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday)Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY) Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.
Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Excursions
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

 There is no prescribed text for this course.

References

Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT
There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
• Calculator
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This course is delivered as part of an integrated program.

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

You may be assessed by:
• records of teacher observations of your activities, dicussions and practical tasks - portfolio - undertaking real surveys - classroom simulations
• questioning, for example:  online response; interviews; self assessment; verbal questioning; written questioning

Feedback:
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessment:
• Term 1 Written test
• Term 2 Written test

Formative assessment:
• ongoing observations and feedback
• summaries
• reviews of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (units of competency) from the program.
All assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

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