ENGEN101-20A (HAM)

Engineering Mathematics 1A

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Paper Description

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The paper consists of two parts.

  • An introduction to calculus from an engineering perspective.
  • A brief introduction to linear algebra.
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Paper Structure

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Each week students should

  • attend all 3 lectures.
  • attend the weekly workshop.
  • attend a one hour tutorial.
  • put in at least 5 additional hours of study.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate Understanding
    • Understand the mathematical concepts in the topics covered to a basic level
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  • Recognise Engineering applications
    • Recognise how these ideas can be applied in an engineering context.
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  • Solve Problems
    • Utilise appropriate tools and techniques in the solution of problems
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The assessment mark will consist of :

TWO Tests each worth 15% for a total of 30%.

  • Tuesday 7 April 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 26 May 6:30pm

If a test is missed due to illness or other good reason, the lecturer must be notified as soon as practicable. Appropriate documentation (for example a medical certificate issued by a doctor) must be supplied. Should the reason be accepted an estimated grade for the missed work will be used. The estimated grade will be based on results in other assessments including the final examination and on the distribution of grades in the missed assessment.

A workshop grade worth 5%

  • There will be 10 workshops and the best 8 will be counted. This is an in class assessment in which group work is encouraged.
  • The best (n-2) out of n policy is intended to allow students to miss one or two workshops due to illness or other good reason without requiring us to process medical certificates. Where serious illness may cause a more prolonged absence, please consult the lecturer.

A tutorial component of 15%

  • There will be 10 tutorial based assignments and the best 8 marks will be counted. Assignments should be your own work and copying may lead to referral to the university disciplinary committee.
  • The best n-2 out of n policy is intended to allow students to miss one or two assignments due to illness or other good reason without requiring us to process medical certificates. Where serious illness may cause a more prolonged absence, please consult the lecturer.

The FINAL EXAM worth 50%.

  • In order to pass this paper with an unrestricted grade (Grade C- or better) you must get an overall total of 50% or greater, and ALSO at least 40% in the final exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Workshops
2. Assignments
3. Test 1
4. Test 2
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Engineering Mathematics, K. A. Stroud (with Dexter J. Booth), 7th Edition, Industrial Press, Inc
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Recommended Readings

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“Elementary Linear Algebra”, Applications Version, 11th Edition by Anton and Rorres, Wiley.

Schaum’s Outlines ‘Calculus’ (6th Edn), Ayres & Mendelson, McGraw-Hill. (Soft cover).

"Modern Engineering Mathematics", 5th Edition by Glyn James, Pearson (2015) (available as an e-book via the library).

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Other Resources

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A standard scientific calculator is needed for tests and examinations. Graphing and CAS calculators are not permitted.

Octave is a free (GPL ) implementation of MATLAB which we encourage students to download and play with. Matlab is specifically designed to carry out matrix calculations. You can search for it online. Links for download will also appear on Moodle.

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Online Support

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The Moodle page for this paper is the main forum for notices and information about the course. Assignments are posted on Moodle. The gradebook for this paper can also be accessed through Moodle. It is your responsibility to check your marks are correctly entered.

Panopto (which records lectures for viewing online) has proved controversial across the University as it can result in a significant decline in attendance at lectures and poor pass rates. In recent years we have been restricting access to Panopto to those who have a good reason for missing lectures in an effort to discourage students from relying too much on this tool. However this semester due to uncertainty about the coronavirus we are lifting these restrictions so that students are able to self quarantine without missing out. Please don't come to lectures and cough on everyone. We may review our Panopto policy later in the semester as more information becomes available. Panopto recordings can be accessed via the Moodle page.

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There are 5 contact hours each week consisting of 3 lectures, 2 workshop and 2 tutorial. Also students should spend an additional 5 hours per week in study doing assignments and reading the text. Additional time should be spent in preparation during study week and in tests and exams. Altogether students should expect to commit 150 hours across the semester for this paper. Students who are not well prepared may need more.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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The Change of enrolment regulations 12 (2) states:

Where subjects provide for different levels of proficiency on first enrolment (eg Mathematics, languages), a student may apply to transfer, with a transfer of fees, from one paper to a closely related paper in the same subject up until the relevant deadline for withdrawal listed in section 13 of these regulations.

The deadline is the end of week six. This regulation is intended to allow us to correct errors in assessing a student's level of preparation. Under this regulation if you decide that you really were not prepared for this paper and it is not going to end well, you can switch your enrolment to the prerequisite paper MATHS165 before the end of week 6.

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Prerequisite papers: Any one of MATHS165, MATHS166, MATH165, MATH166, CAFS004 or FOUND007, or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Calculus; or equivalent.




Restricted papers: MATH101, MATHS101, ENGG184, ENGEN184

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