Course Title: Engineering Practice 3- Mathematical Modelling for Engineers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 3- Mathematical Modelling for Engineers

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr. Matt Skerritt

Course Coordinator Phone: N/A

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: N/A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

Engineering Practice 3 Mathematical Modelling for Engineers is a single semester course introducing you to powerful techniques used to assist in determining a mathematical representation of an engineering problem. The specified mathematical model endeavours to reflect the known features of the application being modelled, as well as predicting the system’s behaviour in other circumstances. This course will integrate theory and application using a problem-based approach. This course also prepares you for future learning in relation to problem solving and decision-making; technical competence; teamwork and leadership; and reflection.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
BH088CIH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
BH088CHIDD Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.2 Conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Determine the curvature of a function and relate it to the deflection of beams.
  2. Calculate the deflections of beams under varying loads and profiles.
  3. Use the influence function to solve beam deflection problems.
  4. Calculate the Fourier series for a variety of periodic functions.
  5. Utilise Fourier series techniques to generate solutions to common boundary value problems.
  6. Determine the vibrational behaviour of beams for different supports

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated (with many examples) in learning materials/lectures and in online notes. Interactive problem-based practice classes will build your capacity to solve problems, encourage you to think critically and analytically and provide feedback on your academic progress. Assignments and other authentic discipline-based assessments will consolidate your basic skills and knowledge of the topics presented in class. Additional self-help tutorial questions will provide a focus for your private study.  

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Item 1: Class Exercises 
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 6 

Assessment Item 2: Authentic In-Class Practical Assessments 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 6 

Assessment Item 3: Authentic Discipline-Based Assignment
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 6 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.