Course Title: Introduction to Engineering Mathematics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Engineering Mathematics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirement for some teaching activities. If a course has compulsory in-person attendance for some teaching activities or assessment, you will need to comply with your local state/national vaccination mandate/rules/guidelines for on-campus attendance and assessment that apply when the course starts and throughout the duration of the entire course. The applicable vaccine mandate may require you to have COVID vaccinations or an approved medical vaccination exemption to attend RMIT in-person activities. Please also read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it relates to vaccination and your study at RMIT: https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209.

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MATH2395

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

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

MATH2395

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Nyblom

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2189

Course Coordinator Email: michael.nyblom@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 15.4.18

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is a requirement for students who have completed VCE Further Mathematics or equivalent, but who have not completed either VCE Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths. The learning outcomes of this course will prepare students for Engineering Mathematics Fundamentals and shall include introductions to: Graphing; Functions; Differential & Integral Calculus; Matrices and Complex Numbers. The course will also provide clear contextualised examples of how and why mathematics is such an integral aspect of effective engineering design. This course satisfies prerequisite requirements for Engineering Mathematics which is a program requirement for the flexible first year program.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

On completion of this course you should be able to: 

1. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of the role of mathematics in engineering design;   

2. Apply the core mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebraic manipulation, elementary geometry and trigonometry to a range of problems;

3. Utilise techniques of integral and differential calculus to formulate and solve problems;

4. Recognise the properties of the common mathematical functions (polynomials, exponentials, logarithms, inverse trigonometric) and their combinations commonly found in engineering applications;

5. Formulate and solve differential equations;

6. Recognise the properties of matrices and apply matrices to the solution of system of linear equations. 


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

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;

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources;

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes; and

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


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated (with examples) in  lectures. Regular Question and Answer sessions through Collaborate Ultra will help build your capacity to solve problems, encourage you to think critically and analytically and provide feedback on your academic progress. An initial Online Quiz will help to identify those students with insufficient maths background. Those students identified as having insufficient maths skills will be referred to the Study and Learning Center for additional assistance, once their background in algebra has been improved the students can retake the quiz. In addition four authentic assignments will consolidate your problem-solving skills and knowledge of the topics presented in class. Set problems will also provide a focus for private study. 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT’s Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS will give access to important announcements, a discussion forum, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, online notes, tests and quizzes, self-help exercises and past exam papers.

A Library Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/mathstats


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Task 1: Online Diagnostic Quiz (Algebra) Quiz (Algebra) 

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task supports CLO’s  1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2: Written assessment (logarithmic equations and Algebra of functions) 

Weighting 25% 

This assessment supports CLO’S 1,2,3&4 

Assessment Task 3: Written assessment (Systems of linear equations, Matrix algebra) 

Weighting 25% 

This assessment supports CLO’S 1,2,3&4 

Assessment Task 4: Written assessment (Differential and Integral Calculus) 

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLO’s 1-6