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EAP7383 Applied Communication Level C

Full Year, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Robyn Pigozzo
Moderator: Clare Robinson

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: English proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 5.5 plus completion overseas or in Australia of Senior High School or Post Secondary-diploma or first year degree or equivalent work experience.


This course is designed to provide students with the basic Mathematical and physics competencies in English for entry onto the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Associate degree of Engineering, Surveying & Bachelor of Engineering. Students also need to develop and practice language and problem solving skills in English so that they can build upon their existing knowledge and express themselves adequatley in the mathematical context. This course is designed to allow students to appreciate the diverse applications and power of Mathematics and Physics; and their precise language and structure of; and to develop confidence and reduce anxiety by using mathematics skills in a variety of problem solving sessions.


There are two compulsory parts of the course. Part A consists of the mastery of the
content of selected topics within algebra for calculus, algebra and graphs, trigonometry, application of calculus, integral calculus, and Physics. Students are also expected to show competence in communicating using mathematical language in English. Part B consists of group work designed to develop the mathematical communication and problem solving skills of students. This work utilises some of the content mastered in Part A of the course.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical and physics topics essential for tertiary study as detailed below; (Worksheets 1-5, Assignment 1, Activities 1-3)
  2. Demonstrate an ability to select and use appropriate technology such as calculators, measuring instruments and computers with selected software; (Worksheets 1-5, Assignment 1 )
  3. Select and use appropriate mathematical and physics procedures: (Worksheets 1-5, Assignment 1)
  4. Work accurately and manipulate formulae (Worksheets 1-5, Activity 3)
  5. Transfer and apply mathematical procedures to a range of situations: (Worksheets 1-5, Activity 3)
  6. Demonstrate problem solving through using a range of problem solving strategies, selecting appropriate mathematical procedures, identifying the problem, reflecting on the solutions, extending and generalizing from the problems: (Final test)
  7. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate communication through:
  8. Understanding, organising, and presenting information in a variety of forms (such as oral, written, symbolic, pictorial and graphical) ; (Assignment 1, Activities 1, 2)
  9. Using mathematical and physics terms and symbols accurately and appropriately; (Worksheets 1-5, Activity 3)
  10. Using accepted spelling, punctuation and grammer in written communication (Assignment 1)
  11. Translating material from one form to another when appropriate (eg words to formulas); (Final Test)
  12. Recognising necessary distinctions in the meanings of words and phrases according to whether they are used in a mathematical or non mathematical situatiion. (Activity 1 & 2, Final Test)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic Algebra, arithmetic, graphing expression, equations-linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and simultaneous, trigonometrical ratios 25.00
2. Functions and Relations- polynomial, exponential, logarithmic function and thier inverses 15.00
3. Trigonometric Functions- radians 15.00
4. Introductory of Calculus: Differentiation- calculate and describe rate of change and instantaneous rate of change certaian polynomial, trigonometrical, exponential and logarithmic functions; stationary and optimisation problems 15.00
5. Introductory Calculus: Integration- indefinite and definite integrals of basic polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; areas under curves using approximations and calculus 15.00
6. Statistics- data collection, classification, interpretation and display 10.00
7. Physics - Linear and non linear motion, SI units, understanding matter, Gravity and Momentum, Static Electricity 5.00

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). (

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  • EAP 7383 Applied Communication Level C- Study Package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Pigozzo, R et al 2007, EAP 7383 Applied communication: problem solving book, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Students are expected to have a scientific calculator.

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.
  • USQ 2007, Applied communication Level A Book 1, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • USQ 2007, Applied communication Level A/B Book 2, University of southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 22.00
Directed Study 55.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 60 30 TBA

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend at least 80% of the mathematics communication group work and worksheet sessions and ensure their attendance is registered with the staff member in charge of the activity. An exception to this attendance level may be made by the university where the student can produce documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates compassionate and compelling circumstances. In this case attendance of at least 70% of the scheduled class sessions will be acceptable. It is the students' responsibility to study all course material to pass assessment items and seek support as necessary.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Refer to statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course. All assessment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the semester in which the course is offered. Students may be required to re-submit an assessment piece that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without an approved extension of time then a penalty of 5% of the total marks available for the assignments may apply for each day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all of the summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in the final test and at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Students who do not qualify for a Passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have achieved the required standard. It is expected that such students have gained at least 40% 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 weighted aggregate of the mark obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a restricted examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials the candidate may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials, a non-programmable scientific calculator and one (1) A4 sheet of notes prepared by the candidate.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held at a time arranged by the examiner in consultation with the students.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should also read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6 Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL
    // or in the current USQ Handbook.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner. In accordance with the University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

Other requirements

  1. Part A requires you to work through a series of worksheets to demonstrate your understanding of mathematics topics.

  2. Part B consists of different activities each week. Students must participate actively in the group work of the problem solving sessions. Students also must submit written work as required.