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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. Online students are required to have significant access to a computer and make frequent use of the internet.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisites: MATH11218, MATH11246

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

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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: Unit evaluation
Some students felt this foundation maths unit is still too difficult to learn. Some students cannot even follow the review on fraction additions.
Consider directing such students to STEPS maths prior to starting this unit, as suggested by one student.
Action Taken
The engineering team has added MATH11147 Introductory Mathematics as a compulsory unit for all ADEng students from 2020. This is expected to lift students' mathematical preparation level in the future.
Source: Unit evaluation and other communications
Some students cannot clearly read the lecturer's math notes during the real-time lecture (hence in recordings).
This was perhaps due to both the fast pace of lecture delivery and students' inability to distinguish the difference between English and Greek letters. Will try to adjust the pace in noting during lectures in 2019. Will refer those students who have difficulty in identifying the difference between English and Greek letters commonly used in mathematics to STEPS math units.
Action Taken
Recordings were updated for better quality hence no further complaint on videos. All students in ADEng will start from MATH11247 from 2020.
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
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.

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
8 - Ethical practice
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
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)