Course Title: General Mathematics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: General Mathematics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Krista Bayliss

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6070

Course Coordinator Email: rmit.training.fs.team.leaders@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the mathematical skills required for further tertiary study. In this skill-based course you will develop your knowledge of algebra, basic curve sketching, linear programming, matrices and trigonometry. You will gain a firm foundation in analysis, problem solving and the use of technology.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

In this course you will develop the following course learning outcomes:

  1. Simplify, factorize and manipulate linear and quadratic algebraic expressions to aid in solving a range of algebraic problems.
  2. Sketch straight line graphs, linear inequalities, and quadratics showing all key features.
  3. Apply appropriate rules to simplify and solve equations and transpositions involving indices, logarithms and matrices.
  4. Apply trigonometric formulae for right angled and non-right-angled triangles to solve practical problems.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Description   Weighting
 Tests Three cumulative tests weeks 4, 8 and 16.  40% 
 Application Task 120 minutes duration under class supervision.  Students are allowed 2 A4 doubled-sided ages of notes. Held week 12.  30%
 Examination 120 minutes plus 15 minutes reading time. Closed book. Held in week 18 – exam week under exam conditions.  30%