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FOSE1005 – Mathematical Concepts for Science

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Christopher Gordon
Ross Moore
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit has an online offering for S2 which is synchronous, meaning there will be set times to attend online lectures and tutorials.

An introduction to the basic quantitative methods and techniques common to much of science. You will learn how to formulate scientific problems using mathematical language, use a range of techniques to analyse and solve these problems, and gain an understanding of how to interpret the solutions. Amongst other topics, this unit will cover rates of change, graphical display and interpretation of mathematical concepts, logarithmic and exponential scales, all in the context of scientific measurement and analysis. In the process, this unit introduces vital skills for tertiary learning and explores their relationship to your success in future careers.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • ULO2: Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • ULO3: Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • ULO4: Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Foundation activities 0% Yes Weekly
Participation in SGTA classes 0% Yes Weekly
Lecture activities 0% Yes Weekly
Test 1 (online) 20% Yes Week 6
Assignment 1 20% No Week 7
Test 2 (online) 20% Yes Week 10
Assignment 2 20% No Week 11
Vodcast 20% No Week 12

Foundation activities

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 0%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

Activities related to foundational employability and self-directed learning skills

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Participation in SGTA classes

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 0%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to engage with the unit by participating in SGTA classes.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Lecture activities

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 0%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to engage with the unit by participating in lecture activities.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Test 1 (online)

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 20%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

This online quiz will test the ability of the students to represent and interpret scientific data and create and manipulate mathematical information in the form of graphical information, data, and equations.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

 

Problems are chosen to explore mathematical concepts and techniques pertaining to the mathematical content of discipline specific material. Students are expected to demonstrate logical mathematical aruments and submit clearly written solutions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Test 2 (online)

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 20%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

This online quiz will test the ability of the students to recognize, use, and manipulate a variety of mathematical functions, including the use of the derivative and the integral, in the context of discipline-specific problems.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 20%

 

Problems are chosen to explore mathematical concepts and techniques pertaining to the mathematical content of discipline specific material. Students are expected to demonstrate logical mathematical aruments and submit clearly written solutions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Vodcast

Assessment Type 1: Media presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 20%

 

A 3 to 5 minute vodcast prepared in a group of 3 to 4 students, presenting a mathematical model utilizing the content taught in the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyze problems in multiple science disciplines, at foundation level, using mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Communicate mathematical concepts in a variety of ways using formal and informal presentations including the use of graphical methods and appropriate software.
  • Identify the mathematical principles underlying basic discipline-specific problems.
  • Create and interpret the content of mathematical models relevant to foundation level science topics.
  • Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery

One 2 hour lecture per week.

One 2 hour Small Group Teaching Activity (SGTA) per week.

Resources

No single book covers the content of FOSE1005 precisely.  Each of the following books contains material useful and relevant to the unit.

Recommended books

  1.  Mathematics for Sustainability (free download from Macquarie University internet connection) The book's website.
  2.  Maths for Chemists
  3. Active Prelude to Calculus by Boelkins. Extensive videos here.
  4. Active Calculus by Boelkins et al
  5. Modeling Life by Garfinkel et al (free download from Macquarie University internet connection)
  6. MUMS modules. Material from the Numeracy Centre.
  7. Precalculus by Stitz and Zeager. See 3rd corrected edition.
  8. Precalculus by Collingwood et al

Unit Schedule

Week Lecture topic
1

Computation and Measurement

2

Equations, symbolic representation and manipulation

3

Displaying data and interpreting graphs

4

Oscillatory behaviour

5 Growth and decay
6

Rates of change: use and interpretation

7

Calculation of rates of change

Mid Session Break  
8 Optimization
9

Accumulation of change

10

Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: connecting rates of change and accumulated change

11 Employability
12 Employability
13 Employability

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