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EAP7383 Mathematical and Computing Literacy - Level C

Full Year, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Math & Comp Literacy - Level C
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091501 - English Language
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Shahab Abdulla

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of EAPI or 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.

Rationale

This course is designed to provide students with the basic mathematical and physics competencies in English for entry into Science, Engineering and Spatial Science programs. Students also need to develop and practice language, problem solving and computer skills in English so that they can build upon their existing knowledge and express themselves adequately in the mathematical context. This course also introduces students to independent study and learning skills that are vital to successful completion of a tertiary level programme. 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.

Synopsis

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 appropriate to Maths C level. 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, problem solving and computer skills of students. This work utilises some of the content mastered in Part A of the course.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. organise and present information in a variety of forms and translate from one to another such as oral, written, symbolic, pictorial and graphical; Problem solving quizzes, computer skills activities, written activities, Class Survey and Analysis.
  2. select and use appropriate problem solving or mathematical procedures in a range of situations.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of selected academic numeracy topics essential for tertiary study.
  4. demonstrate an ability to select and use appropriate technology such as calculators and computers with selected software.
  5. communicate quantitative terms and symbols accurately and appropriately.
  6. use accepted spelling, punctuation and grammar in written grammar.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic Algebra, arithmetic, graphing expression, equations-linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and simultaneous, trigonometrical ratios. Interpreting and writing about charts, tables and graphs using computers 20.00
2. Critical thinking (interpreting and solving logic problems, computing activities and computer skills). 10.00
3. Functions and Relations- polynomial, exponential, logarithmic function and their inverses. 15.00
4. Trigonometric Functions- radians 15.00
5. Introductory of Calculus: Differentiation- calculate and describe rate of change and instantaneous rate of change, trigonometrical, exponential and logarithmic functions; stationary and optimisation problems 15.00
6. Introductory Calculus: Integration- indefinite and definite integrals of basic polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; areas under curves using approximations, calculus and computer skills activities. 15.00
7. Statistics- data collection, classification, interpretation and computer skills 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=05&subject1=EAP7383)

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

ALL textbooks and materials available on study desk.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Directed Study 55.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Class Survey and Analysis 24 12 TBA
Computer Skills Activities 100 24 TBA
Final Test 50 30 TBA
Problem Solving Quizzes 40 24 TBA
Revision exam 50 10 TBA

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the test by achieving at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    RESTRICTED: 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 during the next examination period. A supplementary exam may be awarded, at the discretion of the Examiner, to students who do not pass the final exam. It is expected that such students have gained at least 45% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the English for Academic Purposes Program and is benchmarked against the
internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.