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University of Wollongong School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics


Foundations of Engineering Mathematics – MATH141
Autumn Session 2009
Wollongong Campus
Subject Coordinator & Lecturer: Caz Sandison (Room 15.142) Email: Phone: (02) 4221 3819 Consultation: 10.30 – 11.30 Mondays & Wednesdays Lecturer: Grant Cox (Room 15.236) Email: Phone: (02) 4221 4304 Consultation: 10.30 – 12.30 Mondays & Tuesdays

Information Sheet for

Subject Prerequisite and Assumed Knowledge: NSW HSC Mathematics (2 Unit) Note: MATH141 is a prerequisite for MATH142; MATH142 is a prerequisite for MATH283. All other 200 level MATH/STAT subjects require MATH187 and MATH188. MATH141 is not to be counted with: MATH101, MATH187, MATH161, MATH143 or MATH144 This information sheet must be read in conjunction with the general information on educational issues and student matters provided in the document “Policies and Services of the University, Faculty and School” published by the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics. A copy may be obtained from the subject coordinator or at encouraged to use the Library catalogue and databases to locate additional readings with similar titles and contents.

Topics, Outline & Lecturers
Strand 1 – Fundamentals and Calculus Summary of background material required for survival in first-year Calculus; revision of functions; differentiation rules and techniques; introduction to integration, including definite and indefinite integrals; evaluating integrals using elementary techniques. Lecturer: Caz Sandison Strand 2 – Matrices and Vector Geometry Introduction to matrices; solving systems of equations using matrix methods, determinants and applications; introduction to vectors in three dimensions and their applications to elementary geometry. Lecturer: Grant Cox

MATH141 has an eLearning site which can be accessed via SOLS. Electronic versions of the Notes, lecture material, tutorial solutions and other handouts will be posted at this site during the session. Most files will be in pdf format for downloading. You should visit this site on a regular basis.

Graduate Qualities
The University of Wollongong is committed to developing graduates with qualities that will equip them for roles in society and the workplace. Refer to the full Graduate Qualities inventory at The interpretation of these qualities by the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics appears in detail on the document “Policies and Services of the University, Faculty and School” attached. Students will acquire the following graduate qualities as a result of their participation in this subject. 1. Informed (a)(b) 2. Independent Learners (a)(b)(c)(d) 3. Problem Solvers (a)(b)(c) 4. Effective Communicators (a)(c)

Textbook & Reference Books
Text: Notes for “Foundations of Engineering Mathematics, MATH141” This book is available at the UniCentre Bookshop for a cost of $46.37 and contains notes for the whole subject. References: Anton, H., Calculus with Analytic Geometry – John Wiley & Sons. Thomas, G. and Finney, R., Calculus and Analytic Geometry – Addison Wesley. Barry, S. and Davis, S., Essential Mathematical Skills for engineering, science and applied mathematics – UNSW Press You are not required to purchase reference books. Several copies of all these books are available in the Library. These readings are recommended only and are not intended to be an exhaustive list. You are

Subject Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this subject, students should be able to perform the following tasks which develop the listed Graduate Qualities (GQ): (i) demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles and techniques in Calculus [GQ: 1, 2, 3]

After this cut-off date. learning new material or completing engineering problems that apply the subject material. Lectures Lectures for MATH141 are Mondays 13. Tutorials & Workshops If you haven’t already.demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles and techniques in Linear Algebra [GQ: 1. In Autumn 2008 regularly attending PASS students scored 12 marks higher than students who did not attend PASS for MATH141. The purpose of this assistance is to give additional personal assistance with problems and lecture material. you were enrolled in a tutorial and workshop at the time assigned to you by staff at you must enrol in a one-hour compulsory tutorial and a one-hour compulsory workshop via SOLS. which will form the foundation for many of your later-year subjects. 3] (iii) apply principles and techniques from Linear Algebra in the context of three-dimensional Vector Geometry [GQ: 1. and PASS has a strong record of helping those students to get through the subject.30 – 16 February 2009 and will close at 8.00am on Saturday. During workshops you will be working in groups. commencing in Week 2 of session. 3. Attendance at tutorials and workshops is compulsory. 4] (v) apply general mathematical principles within an engineering context and think logically and analytically through problems [GQ: 2. which you don’t understand. Failure to choose the correct class will result in you being removed by the subject coordinator and allocated to the correct type of tutorial class wherever space is stating your name and reasons for change and including a copy of your timetable. For more information about PASS visit the website: http://www. Note that you are not required to “pass” each individual component to receive a Pass grade in MATH141. workshops and lectures may be taken into account. However. PASS Groups PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is an academic mentoring program where experienced senior students are available to help you with MATH141. 2. If you have compelling reasons to change your tutorial or workshop after the cut-off date. During tutorials you will be working individually.153 Wednesdays 8. Results from Autumn 2008 also show that students who did not attend PASS were more than three times as likely to fail. please make sure you choose from the MATH141 Opportunity tutorials.uow. you would seriously jeopardize your chances of passing this subject if you do not aim to be successful in every component of the assessment. 4] (ii) merely because you are physically present. please make sure you choose from the non-Opportunity MATH141 tutorials. Experience has shown that poor attendance at lectures leads to poor performance in this Participation in a PASS group is compulsory for Opportunity students in MATH141. You will not be counted as having attended a class Extra Tutorial Assistance Optional extra tutorial assistance.153 You are required to attend all lectures in MATH141. If there are parts of the lectures. If you wish to change your tutorial allocation and you have been designated as an Engineering Opportunity Student. The optional tutorials are not a substitute for the compulsory tutorials. You should confirm your times via SOLS. you must put in a written request via email to Annie Harper (harper@uow. 3] (iv) demonstrate problem solving skills and the ability to analyse the final results [GQ: 2. Scaling of marks is not a standard procedure in this subject. 3. will be available at times listed on the MATH141 eLearning site. or problems done in tutorials. if you haven't chosen your classes you will automatically be allocated to a tutorial and workshop. Assessment Your final mark in MATH141 will be determined as follows*: Individual assignments – 10% In-Class Group Tasks – 10% Group Assignment – 10% Examinations – 70% Total – 100% *Attendance at tutorials. If you are NOT an Opportunity student. 7 March 2009. 2. your tutor must also judge that your participation has been satisfactory. Tutorials and Workshops will begin in Week 2. The workshop groups will be determined in your first workshop in Week 2. Many students struggle each year with this subject. Enrolments opened at 12.30 in Room 40. Notes: If you are a new student within the Faculty of Engineering.30 in Room 40. and separate from the compulsory tutorial classes. Attendance will be monitored by a sign-on sheet that will be circulated each lecture. A record of attendance and your performance at those classes will be kept and may be taken into account in determining your final grade if you are on a borderline. Such requests may be made in Week 2 only and changes will be made where class sizes allow. then you may come to the Tutorial Assistance times and ask about them. The program is highly recommended for all other students. practicing material that is covered in lectures and workshops.02am on Monday. You may change your tutorial or workshop allocation subject to available space. In a one hour PASS session each week you can learn strategies and concepts that will save you many hours struggling at home on your own. You must attend the tutorial and workshop at the time listed for you on SOLS. You will also get a chance to learn more deeply in this subject.30 – 9. 2 .

you should sit for the Final Examination and complete the entire paper. – 2. They must not have graphics capabilities. If you are absent on the day of the presentation. Your presentation must use high quality visual aids and you must reference your material appropriately (see http://www. – 2. Note that a one-page. you will be given a group worksheet from which your group will be required to complete a particular question.uow.library.html for some details). – 2. you must apply for student academic consideration via SOLS and submit your documentation to Student Central for verification within three (3) days of your workshop. The outcome of your application will depend on the number of workshops you have missed and your performance in other aspects of the subject. 1 June 2009 (Week 13) Time: 13. 8 May 2009 (Week 9). Note that if you are unable to attend In-Session Exam 1. you will be given an assignment. in one class your group will be required to present the correct solution during the final 10 minutes of the workshop. Notes: If you deem your results from In-Session Examinations 1 and 2 to be satisfactory.153 Duration: 100 minutes Topics: All material covered in Weeks 7-12 Value: 35% Results for Exam 2 will be available on SOLS by Tuesday. Calculators & Summary Sheets Please note that “single-line-display” calculators are permitted in examinations for this subject. if you are satisfied with one of the In-Session Examinations and not with the other. Failure to do so will result in a 0 mark for this assessment task. A4-sized. The assignments will contribute a total of 10% (5% each) towards your 3 . On the other hand.Examinations The examination component of MATH141 will be comprised of the following In-Session Examination 1 Date: Saturday. calculated as follows. calculated as follows.00 Location: Building 20 Duration: 100 minutes Topics: All material covered in Weeks 1-6 Value: 35% Results for Exam 1 will be available on SOLS by Friday. Submission will be in the form of a 5-minute group presentation in your workshop of Week 13. you must apply for academic consideration via SOLS and submit your documentation to Student Central for verification within three (3) days of your workshop. in Weeks 5 & 10 UOW026621. 2 May 2009 (end of Week 8) Time: 9. The solutions and presentation will contribute a total of 10% towards your final mark in MATH141.5% for the class presentation of one solution. The outcome of any application for student academic consideration will be dependent on your group’s assessment of your contribution to the task. correctness and completeness of the weekly solutions. – 5% for your tutor’s assessment of your presentation. If you are not satisfied with either In-Session Examination result. – 5% for clarity. you may sit for the Final Examination and take the full time to complete the required half of the exam to improve your result. single-sided summary sheet is permitted in both In-Session Examinations. the questions themselves will be different. on your performance in all other tasks and on your attendance at all other classes in MATH141. have it checked well before any exam. and a one-page. you are not required to sit for the Final Examination. according to a strict set of guidelines that you will receive with your task. – 2. While every member must attend the workshop on the day of the presentation. double-sided summary sheet is permitted in the Final Examination for this subject. not every member of your group needs to speak. 9 June 2009 (Stuvac). You must attend your tutorial for the assignment to be This solution will be checked immediately and your result recorded. Individual Assignments In the tutorials of Weeks 4 & 9. Duration: 195 minutes Topics: Part A – Material from Weeks 1-6 Part B – Material from Weeks 7-12 Value: 70% (35% each part) Examination Result Your examination result for MATH141 will be calculated by adding the following two results: (i) The best score between In-Session Exam 1 and Final Exam Part A 35% (ii) The best score between In-Session Exam 2 and Final Exam Part B 35% Total: 70% In-Class Group Tasks In the workshops of Weeks 3 to 12 inclusive. If you are not sure whether your calculator is acceptable. If you wish to seek student academic consideration for missing a workshop. Each member of the group must have a complete written solution to the question by the last 10 minutes of the class. You will be assessed immediately.5% for your group members’ assessment of your contribution to the solutions throughout the session. A4-sized. that is. alphanumeric keyboards (or capabilities) and they must not be programmable in any way.5% for other workshop members’ assessment of your presentation. Final Examination This examination will be held during the formal examination period in June 2009 at a time to be advised by the University. Assignments will be marked during the ensuing week and returned one week after submission in tutorials.30 Location: 40. The assignments must be handed in at your tutorial in the following week. Although the In-Session Examinations and the Final Examination cover the same material. Further. In-Session Examination 2 Date: Monday.5% determined by your group members’ assessment of your contribution to the task. Group Assignment In the workshop of Week 2. your group will be given a research task to be completed outside class time. This assignment will contribute a total of 10% towards your final mark in MATH141. you should contact the subject coordinator immediately. Further details will be explained in your first workshop in Week 2.

In this instance. – Assignments are only part of the expected workload and have the primary purpose of giving you feedback on your progress and understanding of the work. due the following week and returned one week after submission. you should do so from your University email account. you should obtain a Late Assignment Form from the School Admin Assistant (Room 15. 9 and 11. Faculty and School” and the section in the University Undergraduate Handbook entitled “Acknowledgement Practice/Plagiarism”. the staff member may then not read it for several days.uow. – Grades: 3. you should seek advice before it is too late.html Consultation If you are having difficulty with MATH141. For more information. you are encouraged to seek advice from your lecturers or the subject coordinator (most tutors are casual staff and therefore are not available for consultation).final mark in MATH141. assignments submitted more than 4 working days after the original due date will not be accepted and other arrangements may be necessary. In any case. – Untidy or illegible work will not be assessed. Cheating and Plagiarism The University does not tolerate cheating nor plagiarism and regards them very seriously. – You should keep a copy of all work submitted. Furthermore. contact the subject coordinator immediately. or visit http://www. For administrative matters. If you cannot come at the listed consultation times. 6. you should see the subject coordinator. see the document “Policies and Services of the University. Next. When you send an email to a lecturer or the subject coordinator.110) and submit the assignment with the completed form to the Admin Assistant as early as possible. 1. 4 . These assignments will still only contribute a total of 10% ( 5 are considered satisfactory marks (a reasonable attempt at the problems) 0. If you wish to seek student academic consideration for a late assignment (because you missed a tutorial) you must apply for academic consideration via SOLS and submit your documentation to Student Central for verification within three (3) days of the due date of the assignment. Email sent from other accounts may be automatically redirected into a junk-mail folder. contact the subject coordinator to arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time. – Assignments will not be accepted outside your regularly scheduled tutorial or after the due date— unless you are successful in applying for student academic consideration. – Faxed or emailed assignments will not be accepted. and will be graded poorly. 4. the subject line of your email should refer to MATH141. You must submit your assignment in person. – Assignments must be submitted with the assignment sheet used as a cover sheet and you should make sure your receipt is initialed by your tutor. Note: Those students designated as Engineering Opportunity Students will be given an assignment in Weeks 4. or it may be automatically deleted before it is read at all.5% each) towards your final mark in MATH141. If you are having any difficulty with courserules/plagiarism. 2 are considered unsatisfactory (more work is needed to succeed) – You must show working for each question on the assignment.