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MATH 1054


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the understanding of mathematical principles and to introduce systematic problem solving techniques using both analytic and software approaches.

Course content

Introduction to the computer software program MATLAB and its applications.
Definition and properties of vectors, applications to the geometry of the plane, complex numbers, operations on complex numbers, modulus and its properties, functions and their graphs with applications to trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and inverse functions, differentiation and applications to related rates problems and to maxima and minima problems, l’Hôpital’s rule, parametric representation of curves, solution of simple differential equations, visualisation of motion using computer software, integration of trigonometric and rational functions with applications to the calculation of simple plane areas and rates of change.


Edwards, C.H. and Penney, D.E 2008, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th, Prentice Hall

Kleinfeld, E. and Kleinfeld, M 2001, Understanding Linear Algebra Using MATLAB, -, Prentice Hall, -

Jensen, G. 2008, Using MATLAB in Calculus, -, Prenctice Hall


Mathematics 1, or Mathematical Studies at Year 12, or equivalent



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 3 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1.5 hours x 12 weeks
Computer Practical 1 hour x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Task Length Weighting Duration
In-class test 500 word equivalent 10% 10 x 5 minutes
In-class test 500 word equivalent 10% 45 minutes
Assignment 500 word equivalent 10% N/A
Assignment 500 word equivalent 10% N/A
Group project 500 word equivalent 10% N/A
Final examination N/A 50% 3 hours


EFTSL*: 0.125
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Course Coordinators

Dr Julia Piantadosi
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School of Information Technology and Mathematical

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