MATH40252 - Technical Mathematics for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Technical Mathematics for University, is designed to follow on from Intermediate Mathematics for University. The completion of both Intermediate Mathematics for University and Technical Mathematics for University prepares students for first year tertiary mathematics in applied science and engineering. The unit has been developed to provide knowledge of various mathematical topics including algebra techniques; trigonometric functions, ratios, and graphs; plane and analytical geometry; introductory vectors and introductory calculus.

Details

Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
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 Non-award 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 0%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 14.29% 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: Unit Evaluation, Self-reflection
Feedback
Weekly tests are valuable for students to develop learning and gain regular feedback from marker/lecturer
Recommendation
Maintain the weekly Module tests in a formative style
Action Taken
These were maintained as pass/fail thus do not contribute to the numerical grade. They are therefore useful for seeing progress, and the feedback useful for graded assessment.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
Lecture videos are long
Recommendation
Create new, shorter, overview lecture videos introducing and contextualising the featured module while highlighting important aspects of the module
Action Taken
Shorter overview lecture videos were created.
Source: Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
More detailed explanation of feedback requested by distance students
Recommendation
Use Zoom technology for consultation and explanation of marked work (feedback) as requested by distance students
Action Taken
Zoom and tablet technology was utilised to give live feedback on work, and in module tests in particular.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
Students commented on the number of videos either being too many or too few
Recommendation
Re-name videos in a more informative way as to whether they are instructional, worked examples or both.
Action Taken
While all videos were kept, they were labelled as "extra resources" and sectioned away. Each module is primarily based now on three videos - overview, tutorial and sample module test.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
Timely feedback from lecturers
Recommendation
Continue to promote Zoom feedback sessions, or face-to-face with lectures on campuses when offered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
Too much content in the unit
Recommendation
Reduce the number of modules from nine to seven.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (email, verbal)
Feedback
Examination had lengthy application questions as well as conceptual questions
Recommendation
Focus examination questions on critical content, and move longer application questions to the assignments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on formative assessment to improve mathematical comprehension
  2. Analyse information using mathematical techniques
  3. Communicate mathematical solutions
  4. Recall fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques including algebra techniques; trigonometric functions, ratios, and graphs; plane and analytical geometry; introductory vectors and introductory calculus
  5. Apply appropriate mathematical techniques
  6. Develop solutions to applied mathematical problems

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
5 - Problem Solving
8 - Ethical Practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination