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ENG1500 Engineering Fundamentals

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Tim Passmore
Moderator: Lyn Brodie

Other requisites

Current skills at the level of Queensland Senior Secondary School Studies Maths A or equivalent assumed. This course is substantially equivalent to MAT1000 and MAT1001. Students cannot enrol in ENG1500 if they have successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in, either MAT1000 or MAT1001.

Rationale

Students entering tertiary studies in engineering and surveying require expertise in mathematics, physics and problem solving. This course will provide students with basic mathematical and physics competencies for the fundamentals of tertiary studies in engineering and surveying.

Synopsis

This course integrates mathematical and physics concepts to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals for engineering and surveying. Topics included are: basic arithmetic, measurement, basic algebra, functions and graphing, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, force and electricity.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of a number of mathematical and physics topics that are essential for the fundamentals of tertiary studies in engineering and surveying;
  2. interpret and solve a range of authentic simple engineering problems involving mathematical and physics concepts relevant to this course;
  3. effectively communicate the mathematical and physics concepts and arguments contained in this course.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction - role of mathematics and physics in engineering and surveying, mathematical communication 2.00
2. Arithmetic - real numbers, order of operations, calculations, fractions, scientific notation, metric system, index laws, absolute value 10.00
3. Algebra - algebraic indices and fractions, solving linear and quadratic equations, factorisation, simultaneous equations 18.00
4. Relations and Functions - analytical geometry, definition of functions and relations, graphs of straight lines, parabolas, graphical solution of equations 15.00
5. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions - exponential and logarithmic functions and graphs, solution of exponential and logarithmic equations 10.00
6. Trigonometry - trigonometric ratios and basic identities, solution of triangles, trigonometric functions and graphs, solution of trigonometric equations 15.00
7. Length, Time and Mass - systems of Units, measurement of length, area and volume, measurement of time, periods and frequencies, parameters involving length and time, measurement of mass, density, mass flow rate. 10.00
8. Force - Force, Newton's Laws, pressure, stress, moment, torque, work 10.00
9. Electricity - electric current, voltage, resistance, Ohm's Law, direct current and alternating current, electric circuits, electrical components, electric motors 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=01&subject1=ENG1500)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Mathematics Study Book 2011, Course ENG1500 Engineering Fundamentals, USQ Distance Education Centre, Toowoomba.
  • Moaveni, S 2008, Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering, Thompson Learning, Southbank, Victoria, Australia.
  • Physics Study Book 2011, Course ENG1500 Engineering Fundamentals, USQ Distance Education Centre, Toowoomba.
  • Scientific calculator (non-graphical and non-programmable).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Any College Algebra or Pre-Calculus text will be helpful.
  • Any high school mathematics text will be helpful.
  • The text used for Engineering Mathematics 1,2 and 3: Modern Engineering Mathematics, 4th edition, Glyn James, Pearson (Prentice Hall).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 80.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 5 12 Mar 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 15 16 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 50 15 28 May 2012
2 HOUR REST EXAMINATION 120 65 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Students must refer to Examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the assignment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    A Restricted Examination is an examination where only those materials specified in the examination paper are permitted during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); scientific calculators (non-graphical and non-programmable); two A4 sheets, written or typed on one or both sides with any material the student wishes to have. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and web access to UConnect for this course.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner. The Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  4. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.