Course Title: Numerical Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6050

Course Title: Numerical Methods

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 60.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Life & Physical Sciences


Term1 2010

Course Contact: Selva Venkatesan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4964

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Learners should able to understand the concept of obtaining an approximate numerical solution to mathematical problems which are not amenable to solution by analytical techniques. Also they need to see the pitfalls in relying on results obtained without proper selection of numerical techniques and careful analysis of results.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Satisfactory completion of Calculus, Vectors and Mathematical Transforms

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES008A Provide technical leadership in the workplace



Learning Outcomes

1. Implement selected algorithms, both by hand and writing a computer program
2. Compare different algorithms with regard to efficiency and accuracy.
3. Analyse the errors in a numerical solution.
4. Report work undertaken on problems in a clear and comprehensive manner
5 Application of appropriate methods for solving non-linear equations, comparing efficiency and convergence of each method.
6. Use and compare various methods for obtaining approximate solutions to systems of linear equations.
7. Compare various algorithms for obtaining numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations.
8. Apply the concept of and use interpolation methods

Overview of Assessment

Test 1 worth 50%
Test 2 worth 50%