Course Title: A Mathematical Toolbox for Scientists

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: A Mathematical Toolbox for Scientists

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: A\Prof Stephen Davis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2278

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 15-03-18

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to fundamental concepts and key topics across the Mathematical Sciences including statistics and/or calculus.   

The course will then consider the wider significance and importance of mathematical sciences across major global societal, industrial, technological and environmental priorities and, challenges.  The course will enable you to develop an appreciation of the mathematical sciences, the universal language it provides and the associated technical and transferable skills that will support your future studies and careers. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes. 

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

PLO-1    Understanding science 

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice. 

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society. 

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge. 

PLO-2    Scientific knowledge 

PLO-2.2 You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages. 

PLO-3    Inquiry and Problem Solving 

PLO-3.1 You will be able to plan and carry out a research project under supervision, showing the development of some capacity for independent work. 

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project. 

PLO-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization. 

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively. 

PLO-3.5 You will possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings. 

PLO-5    Personal and professional responsibility 

PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work. 

PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). 

On completion of this course, you should be able to: 

CLO1. Demonstrate practical skills in mathematics/statistics that enable the formulation of problems into a mathematical format. 

CLO2. Undertake and apply practice-based skills to analyse and investigate mathematical/statistical concepts.  

CLO3. Demonstrate the ability to present and interpret mathematical\statistical calculations to extract information.  

CLO4.  Communicate results of mathematical analyses. 

CLO5. Apply knowledge of mathematics/statistics to real world   challenges and problems. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake an integrated series of immersive learning experiences and activities to develop fundamental conceptual and practical understanding and experience in mathematical sciences. A blended learning approach will be used involving face-to-face experiential learning activities complemented by online learning and team-based activities. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Blended learning resources will be provided via the Canvas learning management systems and associated tools, in conjunction with practice-based in-class experiential learning activities. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Fundamental Concepts Assessment 

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3  


Assessment Task 2: Mathematics in Action Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Studio Showcase Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs  2, 3, 4 & 5