MATH11160 - Technology Mathematics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will apply essential mathematical concepts, processes, and techniques to support the development of mathematical descriptions and models for problems in science and engineering domains. You will investigate and apply the properties of linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions in appropriate settings, use trigonometric functions to solve relevant problems and describe periodic phenomena. You will also learn and apply principles of applied calculus for describing and solving engineering problems. Other important elements of this unit are the effective communication of results, concepts, and ideas using mathematics as a language in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical, and precise approach.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Anti-requisites: MATH11218, MATH11246
Pre-requisite: MATH11247

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% response rate.

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.

Source: emails, and chats with past students
Some students suggested to have more time (than the current 3 weeks) on calculus.
Will add 1 or 2 extra weeks in calculus from 2020 when some topics currently in MATH11160 are to be covered in MATH11247.
Action Taken
This has been implemented gradually in Term 2, 2020 when the first pack of students who passed MATH11247 in Term 1 study with the new contents of MATH11160.
Source: Engineering Course Committee
Add vectors, complex numbers, solving systems of linear equations, and more calculus to MATH11160.
Will gradually add these topics in the redeveloped MATH11160 from Term 2 of 2020.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback from the unit evaluation
Positive student feedback was received on the assessment; Moodle site layout and available resources; lecturing style and examples presented, and the level of support offered by staff.
Continue to foster the current learning and teaching environment
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundation mathematics skills with emphasis on application to engineering disciplines
  2. Formulate and analyse simple mathematical models
  3. Apply theory to practical problems drawn from a range of engineering disciplines
  4. Solve engineering related problems using foundation mathematics and introductory calculus techniques.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 4N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3N 4N )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 3N 4N )

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4N )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)