Course Title: Engineering Mathematics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Mathematics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2021


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023

Course Coordinator: Kerri Morgan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0392

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics; or
  • VCE Mathematical Methods; or
  • VCE Specialist Mathematics; or

A combination of prior qualifications and experience equivalent to the prerequisites specified above.

Course Description

This course provides a broad introduction to the fundamental mathematical tools used by engineers. These include mathematical techniques such as single variable differentiation/integration and mathematical objects such as vectors, complex numbers and differential equations. The course builds on the foundations laid in secondary school mathematics and in turn helps to prepare students for more advanced mathematics in later study, and to give students the skills needed to understand the application of mathematics to engineering in real time. Topic areas include vectors, complex numbers, differentiation with applications, functions and their derivatives, methods of integration and their application, differential equations. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline; 

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline; 

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline; 

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving; 

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 

On completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Identify the properties of the common mathematical functions (e.g., polynomial, exponential, hyperbolic, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric and inverse hyperbolic functions) to solve problems commonly found in engineering applications
  2. Utilise key mathematical functions of, and elementary properties of; vectors, complex numbers, calculus and differential equations to solve problems commonly found in engineering applications
  3. Make connections between problem solving using mathematical functions and techniques, and the process of creating solutions for engineering problems
  4. Analyse and solve practical engineering-related problems using functions and derivatives, vectors, complex numbers, integration, and differential equations
  5. Communicate the conclusions and mathematical evidence for solutions to engineering problems to a range of audiences using a variety of formats 

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their applications will be explained in online materials, and further explained and illustrated (with examples) in on-campus classes. The topic assessments and the authentic assessment will build your capacity to solve problems, encourage you to think critically and analytically and provide feedback on your academic progress. Practical assessments will consolidate your real-time problem-solving skills and knowledge of the topics presented in class. Set problems and self-help tutorial questions will provide a focus for 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

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Task 1: Topic Assessments (5)
Weighting 50% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: On Campus Tests) (2)
Weighting 40% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Problem Solving Practical
Weighting 10% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5