MATH11246 - Essentials of Applied 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 sciences, engineering, business and other disciplines. 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. 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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisite: MATH11160

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Rephrased from student feedback
The weighting in the final exam appears to be disproportionately high.
The weighting of the assessment items are based on unit learning outcomes. From such considerations the weighting of the exam has been set. The recommended problems in the Study Guide should prepare the students well for the final exam.
Action Taken
Weighting has not been changed.
Source: Rephrased from student feedback
The unit is designed for minimal involvement of the lecturer.
The unit is offered only in distance mode. Therefore, all the resources required to complete this unit without any lecture/class is included in the unit website. However, a student should email or telephone the lecturer on any issue that requires additional support.
Action Taken
The students have been contacted by email and phone calls by the Unit Coordinator to assess their progress and any difficulty faced.
Source: Student feedback
The student did not realize the importance of the textbook and did not read the textbook.
There are some information in the textbook which cannot be found in the Study Guide or elsewhere. It is therefore essential that the students read the recommended sections of the textbook. This message to be reiterated in the Study Guide as well.
Action Taken
The students have been advised that it is essential to procure the textbook.
Source: Rephrased from student feedback
Two weeks is too long to get feedback.
Due to the marking and commenting process in a formal assessment, it is not possible to provide feedback in less than two weeks, but students can expect feedback on their other works and solutions within one working day.
Action Taken
The two week turn around time for assignment assessment and feedback is standard and has not been shortened.
Source: Rephrased from student feedback.
The lecturer was very helpful and prompt in his response in explaining the steps that I did not understand or got stuck.
To get a constructive and quick response from the lecturer, a student must explain the problem that s/he is facing to the lecturer with description of her or his attempts.
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to contact the lecturer on any unit material issue that they needed clarification or explanation.
Source: Unit Coordinator
All students were happy with all aspects of the redeveloped unit and provided no specific feedback.
No further immediate change is planned for any aspect of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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