Entry Requirements and Weighting

Credit Points:15 credit points
Level:Year 1, Core
Workload:Timetabled hours/week: 4(Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours)
 Personal study hours per week: 5


Unit CoordinatorDr Christopher Griffin
ModeratorProf Savitri Bevinakoppa,
Lecturer (Melbourne)Dr. Christopher Griffin
Co-Lecturer (Sydney):Not Offered
Tutor/s:Dr. Christopher Griffin

Brief Description

One of the desired skills of Engineers is the ability to solve mathematical problems. The aim of this unit is to enable students to become familiar with the mathematical tools required to solve engineering related problems. The mathematical skills attained in this unit will be used later for other units in their degree program.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  • Numbers and arithmetic
  • Number Systems
  • Algebra
  • Simple Geometry
  • Parametric Equations
  • Functions of Engineering Importance
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop problem-solving skills in the context of engineering mathematics
  2. Have a practical understanding of mathematics in the engineering context
  3. Have experience with an extended range of practical applications of complex mathematical ideas
  4. Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals to real-life situations
  5. Communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at the large
  6. Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  7. Be able to solve complex problems mathematically
  8. Have in depth knowledge of how to solve problems and apply practically
  9. Have the ability to solve a broad range of mathematical areas such as, algebra, ordinary differential equations and some important second-order linear partial differential equations.

Graduate Attributes

Ability to communicateIndependent and  Life-long LearningEthicsProblem SolvingCultural Global AwarenessTeamworkKnowledge of Field


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Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard