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 will prepare you for first year tertiary mathematics in applied science and engineering. The unit will provide you with 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 SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students need to complete MATH40228 Intermediate Mathematics for University to enrol in this 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).

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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 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 79.17% 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
Feedback
Number of modules and length of unit was appropriate for 12 weeks.
Recommendation
Continue with the seven module structure of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit was continued with the seven modules.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Module tests are beneficial for practice and feedback.
Recommendation
Continue with assessment at the end of each module.
Action Taken
Module tests were continued as more formative, pass/fail assessment, and they remained a valuable source of low risk feedback for the students.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Examination structure did not mirror unit structure.
Recommendation
Review, over the coming year, the examination structure and questions to mirror content.
Action Taken
The structure of the exam was changed so that the relationship between modules and questions is clear. It changed the number of marks, but not the length of the exam.
Source: Unit Evaluation/ Student Feedback
Feedback
Content is difficult and assumes a lot of prior knowledge.
Recommendation
Review, over the coming year, the way in which assumed knowledge from the two prior STEPS mathematics units is conveyed in Moodle.
Action Taken
When new videos were made, they clearly showed the prior learning required, and which module from prior units would be useful to review.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Tutorial questions are useful for practicing concepts
Recommendation
Retain tutorial sheets and associated videos, and increase the number and variety of questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation/ Student Feedback
Feedback
Textbook has some errors and inconsistencies
Recommendation
Update the textbook to rectify the issues.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Moodle videos were helpful, but lecture videos were not as helpful.
Recommendation
Review the lecture and tutorial videos to ensure efficient content coverage.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Feedback from module tests and assignments helped identify areas for further study
Recommendation
Continue with formative, pass/fail module tests.
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 logically and clearly
  4. Use 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.

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