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Acknowledgement of Country
The University of Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal peoples as the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University's main campus sits, and pays respect to all
Elders past and present.

Introduction
This Unit Outline must be read in conjunction with:
a. UC Student Guide to Policies, which sets out University-wide policies and procedures, including information on matters such as plagiarism, grade descriptors, moderation,
feedback and deferred exams, and is available at http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services (http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services).
b. UC Guide to Student Services, and is available at http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services (http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services).
c. Any additional information specified in section 6.

1. Core Unit Details


Unit Code and Version:

6553|4

Unit Title:

General Mathematics G

Unit Level:

Owning Faculty/Section:

Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths

UC Discipline/Section:

Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology

Enrolled Credit Points:

Unit Offering Details:

Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (145952)


For an explanation of delivery modes see Unit Modes of Delivery Titles (http://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/tl/unit-modes-of-delivery).

Unit Convener Name and


Contact Details:

Unit Convenor:

Dr. Peter Vassiliou Room 6B16 Phone 6201 2623 Email:


peter.vassiliou@canberra.edu.au (mailto:peter.vassiliou@canberra.edu.au)
Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre (MaSH)
Room 6B32, Student Resource Centre
(Check timetable)
Unit Moderator:
Dr Judith Ascione Room 6B15 Phone 6201 2044
Email: judith.ascione@canberra.edu.au (mailto:judith.ascione@canberra.edu.au)

Administrative Contact
Details:

Academic Programs Office


Phone 6201 2400
Email: estem-courseadvice@canberra.edu.au (mailto:estem-courseadvice@canberra.edu.au)
Location: Room 6C38 Reception Desk

2. Academic Content

Unit Description
This unit aims to present some techniques currently used on a large and complex scale in the scientific, business and administrative fields and to show how these are easy to
understand and employ on a small scale. Emphasis will be placed on problem formulation. Solution techniques will not be developed rigorously, but rather the student's intuition
will be appealed to. Topics include first-order linear difference equations (applications to finance and ecology), matrices (applications demographic and Markov), systems of linear
equations, graphical representation of functional relationships, and an introduction to calculus applications.

Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.

Graduate Attributes
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives

Personal Attributes
As students of the University they will develop the qualities of critical thinking, curiosity and reflective practice. They will use foresight, initiative and leadership, and be open to
alternative perspectives. As graduates, they will continue to learn and thrive in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change.

Prerequisite
Not Specified.

Co-requisite
Not Specified.

Assumed Knowledge
There are no UC prerequisites however it is assumed that students have the background of High School mathematics to the level of ACT College Mathematical
Applications major.

3. Timetable of Activities
Week

Activity (May change due to circumstances)

1
Functions. Mathematics and models. The straight line. 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5.

Maths Mastery: - Diagnostic Evaluation of Entry Level Mathematics Pearsons Site available via Unit Moodle site.

Matrices & linear equations 10.2, 10.3, and 10.1


Maths Mastery: Progress through online modules in Pearsons site

Useful functions: exponential and logarithmic. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3.


Maths Mastery: Progress through online modules in Pearsons site.

Class Test 1 (Topics covered are those of Week 1-3 inclusive)

Calculus I: Limits, difference quotients. The Derivative. 3.4-3.5.


Maths Mastery: Progress through online modules in Pearsons site.

Calculus II: Some differentiation rules. 4.1


Maths Mastery: Progress through online modules in Pearsons site.

Calculus III: Product Rule, Quotient Rule. 4.2

CLASS FREE PERIOD

Class Test 2 (Topics covered are those of Week 5-7 inclusive)

10

Calculus IV: Chain Rule; Derivatives of logarithmic & exponential functions. 4.3-4.5.

11

Calculus V: Maxima and minima, curve sketching. 5.1-5.4

12

Calculus VI: Applications to elementary optimization problems. 6.1-6.2

13

Class Test 3 (Topics covered are those of Week 10-12 inclusive)

4. Unit Resources

4a List of Required Texts/Readings:

4a List of Required Texts/Readings:


Textbook
R.N. Greenwell, N.P. Ritchey, M. Lial, Calculus with Applications for the Life Sciences, Pearson New International Edition, Pearson Publishing, 2014

4b Materials and Equipment:

The textbook
Scientific calculator. We recommend the Casio fx 82 AU Plus II calculator available for purchase (about $30) in the University bookshop. It has all the functions you will need
for this unit and many others. It also has statistical capability. Access to a calculator is assumed on Tests and on the Final Exam. Be aware that programmable calculators and
mobile phones are not permitted in Tests and the Final Exam. Nonprogrammable, scientific calculators only are permitted in these.
You will also need access to a computer with email, web browser and Adobe Reader (or other PDF reader software). The machines in the PC labs in Building 11 & the SRC are
suitable.

4c Unit Website:
To find your unit site online, login to LearnOnline (Moodle) (http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au) using your student ID.
Note that your unit site has a profiles page that displays your name and email address for the benefit of other students. If you prefer to hide your email address, click here for
instructions (http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/mod/book/view.php?id=623758&chapterid=3121).

MaSH (Mathematics and Statistics Help)


There will be regular free drop-in Maths and Stats Help (MaSH) sessions in room 6B32 in the Student Resource Centre (SRC) in building 6, where you can ask the friendly tutors
for help with lecture material, tutorial questions, etc. MaSH is also where you come if you require assistance or advice about the Mathematics Mastery Program

5a. Assessment Item Details


Click on an Assessment Item for more details.
Class Test 1
Due Date:Wed Week 4
Weighting Percentage:10%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems

Will provide you with formative feedback as to how you are progressing. The three tests will be held during the normal lecture hour, Wednesday,
16:30-15:30 in 14B1 and will each be 50 minutes in duration. The permitted materials for each class test are:
1xA4 side of original handwritten notes,
a nonprogrammable, scientific calculator (assumed), and
a unannotated, non-electronic language dictionary.

Each Class Test will contribute 15% to your final grade


Class Test 2
Due Date:Wed Week 9
Weighting Percentage:10%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems

Will provide you with formative feedback as to how you are progressing. The three tests will be held during the normal lecture hour, Wednesday,
16:30-15:30 in 14B1 and will each be 50 minutes in duration. The permitted materials for each class test are:
1xA4 side of original handwritten notes,
a nonprogrammable, scientific calculator (assumed), and
a unannotated, non-electronic language dictionary.
Class Test 3
Due Date:Wed Week 13
Weighting Percentage:10%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems

Will provide you with formative feedback as to how you are progressing. The three tests will be held during the normal lecture hour, Wednesday,
16:30-15:30 in 14B1 and will each be 50 minutes in duration. The permitted materials for each class test are:
1xA4 side of original handwritten notes,
a nonprogrammable, scientific calculator (assumed), and
a unannotated, non-electronic language dictionary.
Tutorial Quizzes
Due Date:Weekly
Weighting Percentage:15%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
Each week a set of tutorial questions will be given and many of them will be discussed during the Workshop. However, during the Workshop, one of these will be selected
for submission to your tutor and marked out of 5. The aggregate of these marks will contribute 15% toward the final assessment for the unit. Prior to the Workshop you
may be given an indication of which tutorial questions out of a list are likely to be nominated so these can be prepared by you beforehand. Your exercise for marking is to
be submitted to your tutor at the very beginning of the Workshop.

Mastery Test
Due Date:Week 4
Weighting Percentage:5%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills

1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
Even though the Verification Test contributes only 5% of the total assessment, you cannot obtain a passing grade in this unit without successfully
completing the Mastery Program which the Verification Test examines. The following criteria constitute successful completion of the Mastery Program:
Students must achieve at least 80% in the Mathematics Pathways module (i.e. the Mastery Completion test) to meet the pass requirements in this Unit.
Students may undertake the Mathematics Mastery Completion test any number of times to achieve Mathematical Pathways mastery. (Different values within
the problems are generated each time you undertake the test)
Students must sit for the supervised Mathematics Verification test which is a smaller version of the Mathematics Mastery Completion test.
Students for whom the Mathematics Verification test and Mathematics Mastery Completion test do not correlate will meet with their tutor to arrange a
follow-up Mathematics Verification test. Failure in this test will require a meeting with the tutor/Unit Convenor.
The Mathematics Pathways module comprisesthe minimum capability in entry level Mathematics required for a successful attempt at the required
Mathematics intrinsic to this Unit.
This Units Moodle site contains links to the Mathematics Pathways Module that operates via the Pearsons MyMathLab resources. Students must use this
module to gain access to the learning program and tests that are an essential part of this Unit.
Final Exam
Due Date:Exam period
Weighting Percentage:50%
Addresses learning outcome(s):
1. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topics covered.
2. be able to apply this understanding to problems in the areas covered.
Related graduate attribute(s):
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
The procedure described above for gaining a passing grade in this unit is contingent upon obtaining a satisfactory mark in the final exam. The notion of
satisfactory here is in part determined by academic judgment. However, if you score less than 30% in the final exam you are unlikely to be awarded a
passing grade in the unit regardless of your numerical grade.
The Final Exam will be 2 hours long, and will be held during the exam period at the end of semester.
The permitted materials for the final exam are:
2xA4 sides of original handwritten notes,
a nonprogrammable, scientific calculator, and
an unannotated, non-electronic language dictionary.
It is assumed you will have a nonprogrammable, scientific calculator at the exam.

5b. Assessment Requirements

Submission of assessment items:


Where possible, all assessment items will be submitted online via the unit Moodle site. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
Student ID:
Assessment Name:
Word Count (if applicable):
Students should note that names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submissions. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and

Procedures (https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=3351)).
Assessment in this unit will mainly be via written tests and an exam. The only exception is the Mastery Completion Test which will be an on-line assessment item. The
instructions for submission of this on-line assessment will be indicated in due course.

Special Assessment Requirements:


Information on extensions and special consideration for assessments can be found in the Student Guide to Policies and Procedures here (http://www.canberra.edu.au/currentstudents/student-policies):
Year-Long Units: Students enrolled in year-long units (consisting of a part A and part B unit code) will be allocated a continuing grade (CNTYL) on completion of part A. Once the
student has completed part B, the grade for part A will be updated so that the grades for the two unit codes are the same.
None

Supplementary Assessment:
Refer to the Assessment Policy and Procedures (https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=3351).

Refer to the UC Supplementary Assessment Policy


(https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=2901)
Academic Integrity
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be
acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, it is expected that all students will complete the LearnOnline Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course
of study. The module is automatically available as a listed site when students log into LearnOnline.

Use of Text-Matching Software


The University of Canberra has available, through LearnOnline (Moodle), text-matching software that helps students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of
academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously
submitted student texts. Click here for more information (http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1529).

Mathematics Mastery Program:

Week 1 - Diagnostic Evaluation of Entry Level Mathematics Pearsons Site available via Unit Moodle site.
Weeks 1 6 Progress through online Mathematics Pathways module in Pearsons site.
End week 6 Undertake the Mathematics Mastery Completion test
(self-test - online) up to end of Week 6
Week 7 - Undertake the Mathematics Verification Test (invigilated/supervised)

6. Student Responsibility

6a Workload
The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style.
Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours.
These hours include time spent in classes. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6 credit point unit the total
notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.

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6c Participation Requirements:
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