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MATH11218 - Applied Mathematics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces the core mathematical concepts, processes and techniques necessary to support subsequent studies in applied calculus. These include the properties and applications of linear, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential functions. Students use trigonometry to solve triangles and trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena. Complex numbers, vectors and matrix algrebra are used to develop solutions to problems. The concepts of elementary statistics needed to organise and analyse data are included. Students select appropriate mathematical methods appreciating the importance of underlying assumptions and then use them to investigate and solve problems, and interpret results. Other important elements of this unit are the communication of results, concepts and ideas using mathematics as a language, being able to document the solution to problems in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical and precise approach and communicating, working and learning in peer learning teams where appropriate. Mathematical software is also used to analyse and solve most problems studied in the unit. Note: If you have completed units MATH12223 or MATH12224 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

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

Prerequisite: Students in CQ08 are not permitted to enrol in this unit.

Anti-requisite: MATH12223 or MATH12224

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Gladstone
Mackay
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

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. Written Assessment 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.72% 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: Student feedback
Feedback
Several students commented on the scheduling of the tutorials.
Recommendation
Class scheduling is undertaken by the timetabling section of the university and is a balance in meeting the needs of the unit with the constraints imposed by the availability of staff teaching into the unit. An optimal solution is not always available. The unit coordinator will endeavour to further communicate this to the student cohort in future offerings.
Action Taken
Information on the scheduling of classes was covered in the first lecture.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Student appreciated the refined unit Moodle site layout and ease of access to, and availability, of resources. Students also commented very favourably upon the difficulty of the unit and the challenge offered by the assessment, along with the high level of support they received and clear unit expectations.
Recommendation
Continue to offer a positive supported learning experience.
Action Taken
This approach was maintained.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
A few students commented about the amount of work required for the unit.
Recommendation
There is a level of assumed knowledge, for students entering the unit, that can be informally self-assessed through the provided online diagnostic testing. Students who do not possess the required background knowledge would be required to allocate time to gain these competencies, in addition to the 12.5 hours of recommended weekly study, in order to progress through the unit.
Action Taken
All students were advised to complete the CQU Engineering Mathematics Skills Analysis and undertake foundation mathematics studies as indicated by the results.
Source: Student feedback from unit evaluation.
Feedback
Some students commented on the timing of the lecture being so close to the tutorials.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will try to work more closely with timetabling to try to provide more time between the allocated lecture and tutorial where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback from unit evaluation.
Feedback
Strong student feedback was received on the structure of the unit and assessments, topic coverage, lecture and tutorial quality, and the level of support offered by staff.
Recommendation
Continue to foster the current learning and teaching environment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection.
Feedback
Some students would be better prepared for success in MATH11218 by undertaking additional mathematics studies to cover the assumed knowledge that is required in this unit.
Recommendation
Continue to promote the MATH11247 Foundation Mathematics unit to first-year engineering students, as preparation for MATH11218.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the properties of linear, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential functions to analyse and solve problems.
  2. Use trigonometry to solve triangles and trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena.
  3. Use complex numbers, vectors and matrix algebra to develop solutions to problems.
  4. Apply the concepts of elementary statistics to organise and analyse data.
  5. Select appropriate mathematical methods, use them to investigate and solve problems, and interpret the results.
  6. Use mathematics as a language to communicate results, concepts and ideas in context.
  7. Document the solution to problems in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical and precise approach.
  8. Communicate, work and learn together in peer learning teams where appropriate.
  9. Use mathematical software to visualise, analyse, validate and solve problems.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
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 5 6 7 8 9
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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination