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MATH13217 Linear Algebra and Vectors
Linear Algebra and Vectors
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General Information


The unit covers topics in linear algebra, vectors and complex numbers. You will study matrices and operations, systems of linear equations, and different techniques to solve linear systems. You will also study vectors and operations in the 2D plane and 3D space, and applications in scientific analysis and modelling. Complex numbers and applications will be investigated in this unit too. A focus of this unit is to link linear algebra, vectors and complex numbers to contexts in science and engineering subjects in schools.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MATH12224  Anti-requisite: MATH12172

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation


Students appreciated the support offered to the small number of enrolled students as a whole or individually during the course


Continue to offer a positive supported learning experience

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Represent and solve mathematical and scientific problems using matrices and matrix operators
  2. Solve systems of linear equations using different techniques of linear algebra
  3. Analyse geometric relationships and kinematic behaviours of motion using vectors
  4. Solve geometric and scientific problems using complex numbers
  5. Communicate results, concepts and ideas in context using mathematics as a language.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Advanced Mathematics for Engineering and Applied Sciences

4th edition (2019)
Authors: William Guo and Yucang Wang
Pearson Australia
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780655700579
Binding: Paperback

Essentials and Examples of Applied Mathematics

Edition: 2nd Ed (2021)
Authors: William Guo
Pearson Australia
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780655703624
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This is the same textbook students used for MATH11246/12223/12224 in 2021 and 2022.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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