ENGEN101-21A (NET)

Engineering Maths and Modelling 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

  • watch/attend all 3 lectures.
  • watch the weekly workshop.
  • do the workshop assessment
  • attend a one hour zoom tutorial.
  • watch moodle for notices and supplementary material
  • put in 5 hours of study.

While NET students are likely to be participating remotely over the internet, students based in Hamilton are welcome to attend on campus lectures tutorials and workshops if they wish to do so and can fit it into their school timetables.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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% are held during the evening. Arrangements for test supervision must be made in advance with your school. Students close to the Hamilton campus may find it easier to take the tests on campus.

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.

An assignmentcomponent of 20%

  • Assignments are marked by your tutor. For those attending the zoom tutorial assignments should be submitted online in pdf form. Those attending a tutorial on campus should submit their assignments in paper form.
  • 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.

A FINAL TEST worth 50%.

For administrative reasons NET papers do not have exams. We have a final test instead which is timed to occur simultaneously with the exam for the HAM paper for security reasons. Arrangements for securely supervising this test must be made in advance with your school. Students based in Hamilton may find it easier to come to campus and take the final test in the exam room with the HAM students.

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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. Assignments
2. Test 1
3. Test 2
4. Final Test
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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Higher Engineering Mathematics (Eighth edition), John Bird, Routledge 2017
This text is very affordable especially considering that we will also be using it as a text in two other Engineering Mathematics papers. It is an excellent and concise reference; a very good book to have on your shelf as an Engineer. I highly recommend you buy a copy.

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Recommended Readings

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Engineering Mathematics, K. A. Stroud (with Dexter J. Booth), 7th Edition, Industrial Press, Inc
This is the text we have used in previous years. It is less concise than Bird, but it does a very good job of explaining elementary concepts. If you struggle with Bird, Stroud may help. It is usually very expensive, however Bennetts got stranded with a bunch of copies and are selling it at half price.

Schaum’s Outlines ‘Calculus’ (6th Edn), Ayres & Mendelson, McGraw-Hill. (Soft cover).
This is the text for MATHS101 (Intro to Calculus); useful reading for those who want more theory. Schaum's outline series books are noted for their excellent worked examples.

“Elementary Linear Algebra”, Applications Version, 11th Edition by Anton and Rorres, Wiley.
Anton is a good linear algebra text often used in MATHS102. Multiple editions are available. This one has some excellent applications.

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Other Resources

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The required calculator for tests and for the examination is a CASIO 82 variant. The CASIO 82 Au Plus II is the latest iteration in this series of calculators. These are not expensive. We have a required calculator so that we know what capabilities it has, and in order to make tests and exams fairer. Calculators are for quick calculations only. For any serious work you should be using some sort of computer package running on decent hardware. In particular graphing and CAS calculators are not required or recommended for this paper and will not be permitted in tests and exams.

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 recordings of lectures can also be accessed via the Moodle page.

Students unable to attend in person should contact the lecturer. We have made provision for a small number of students to work totally online. There will be a zoom tutorial and those enrolled in it can also submit their work online. However we would prefer it if only those who are unable to attend in person made use of this option.

In the event of another covid lockdown, we will move everything online.

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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 content of ENGEN101 can also be found in the papers MATHS165, MATHS101 and MATHS102.

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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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