Course Title: A Mathematical Toolbox for Scientists

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: A Mathematical Toolbox for Scientists

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet1 2024

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 probability and linear algebra.    

The course will consider the wider significance and importance of the 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

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

BH116 Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) 
BH117 Bachelor of Geospatial Science (Honours) 
BP192 Bachelor of Environmental Science 
BP193 Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society 
BP199 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition 
BP289 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition / Bachelor of Business 
BP293 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
BP350 Bachelor of Science (excluding maths, physics and space science majors)

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

  1. Apply mathematical knowledge of functions, linear algebra, and probability to solve problems drawn from the physical, data and life sciences.
  2. Use technology with proficiency to confirm calculations and solutions of results worked by hand, using current web browser mathematical tools.
  3. Articulate and explain the important role that mathematics plays in developing theory in science through simple models, forming hypotheses and proposing linear and non-linear relationships.
  4. Present and interpret mathematical calculations to gain insight and communicate results.
  5. Reflect on an inclusive and global perspective of mathematical knowledge including those of Indigenous peoples.

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.  

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 Task 1: Weekly Problem Sheets

Weighting: 45%

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


Assessment Task 2: In-class Invigilated Assessments (3)

Weighting: 45% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4. 


Assessment Task 3: Reflections

Weighting: 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 5.