ENGR 121 (2017) - Home PageWelcome to the home pages for ENGR 121: Engineering Mathematics Foundations. Please read the Course Outline for more details. It contains important information about assessment, exams, tests and labs. Please take the time to read it carefully.
- We've updated the helpdesk information, see the helpdesk section below.
- Howard Lukefahr is also running an exam revision session for Engr 121: Tues 20th June in MCLT102, starting at 5:30pm, running through to 7:30pm.
- The VEC is running an exam revision session: Sun 18th June in MCLT102, starting with a mock exam at 12pm and then a review of the exam at 2.15pm.*
The VEC is running an exam revision session: Sun 18th June in MCLT102, starting with a mock exam at 12pm and then a review of the exam at 2.15pm.
- Final exam 2015, no solutions
- Final exam and solutions, 2015, first half.
- Final exam and solutions, 2015, second half.
- Here is the final exam from 2014.
- Solutions to the first half of the 2014 exam.
AssessmentTo expand on the official assessment notes in the Course Outline, here is how your percentage mark is calculated, on which your final grade is based: Assignments 10%, Labs 20%, Tests 10% each for a total of 20%, exam 50%. If you do poorly on your assignments, we count 60% for the final exam and we don't count the assignment mark. If you do poorly on a Test, similarly we don't count it, adding 10% to the final exam maximum count (by rescaling it). Labs always count for 20%, no matter how low the mark. In fact, we add up a variety of possible marks, e.g. (10% ass, 10% T1, 10% T2, 50% exam), and (0% ass, 10% T1, 10% T2, 60% exam), and (0% ass, 0% T1, 10% T2, 70% exam), and (0% ass, 0% T2, 10% T1, 70% exam), and (0% ass, 0% T1, 0% T2, 80% exam), and we give you the maximum of the resulting set of marks, and then we add your total Lab mark, for an overall total %. As a consequence of this, you cannot lose by sitting a Test, you can only gain marks, since a poor mark winds up not being counted towards your final grade. By the way, you can miss two assignments without penalty on the 10% that they attract towards the final grade. There will possibly be just 8 assignments on offer this year; if so then 6 satisfactory ones would get you 10%. To be satisfactory, an assignment gets a mark of 40% or more, and is on time. If you miss more than two, the 10% is apportioned; eg doing three (out of six) satisfactory assignments would get 5% towards the final grade, half of the 10% available.
PeopleThe Course Coordinator is Prof Mark McGuinness. Prof Peter Smith lectured the first half. Mark is lecturing the first four weeks of the second half of the course. Dr Dimitrios Mitsotakis will be lecturing during the final two weeks of this course. The Senior Tutor in charge of things administrative like assignments and tutorials and marking is Dr Steven Archer. Dr Howard Lukefahr is in charge of the labs, their supervision, and the lab content for this course. Howard is also offering special tutorials and events aimed at giving you extra help in this course. Howard is also available to students most times. There is a schedule on his door showing where he can be found pretty much all the time. Your tutors and lab demonstrators will appear shortly.
TextbookThe textbook for ENGR 121 is: Engineering Mathematics: A Foundation for Electronic, Electrical, Communications and Sytems Engineers (4th Edition), by Anthony Croft, Robert Davison, Martin Hargreaves and James Flint, Pearson, 2012. We follow this book very closely, and it is also the text for ENGR 122 Engineering Mathematics with Calculus, so it will be very useful. It costs about $144 at Vic Books. It is recommended, not required, since the lecture notes are so detailed. Also recommended, but not required, is Engineering Mathematics, by K.A. Stroud, with Dexter J. Booth, Palgrave MacMillan, London. About $133 at Vic Books. Detailed lecture notes will also be posted on the course homepages from week to week.
Class RepresentativesThanks to Ruth Holness (ruth dot holness at gmail dot com) and Daniel Young (dan dot 29 at live dot com) for stepping up as Class Reps for ENGR121!
Facebook PageThanks Lana for setting up this Facebook page for ENGR121! -Mark Prof Mark McGuinness
Lecture NotesLecture notes will be put here
Assignments and Tutorials
- You can miss two assignments without penalty on the 10% that they attract towards the final grade. There will be 8 assignments on offer this year; 6 satisfactory ones will get you the full 10% credit.
- To be satisfactory, an assignment gets a mark of 40% or more, and is on time.
- If you miss more than two, the 10% is apportioned; eg doing three (out of six) satisfactory assignments would get 5% towards the final grade, half of the 10% available.
LabsLabs will start in Week Two, from 13 March. All labs will be in CO219 and CO238. Signup in Week One online. A lab manual, lab scripts, and the lab schedule can be found here
TimetableHere is a timetable showing lecture, lab and tutorial times for ENGR121. Also shown are the lecture times for selected other courses:
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|3||Lab||Tut KK106||Tut EA201|
Test TwoTest Two is marked and ready for you to collect from the SMS Office at the usual assignment collection times. I encourage you to pick up your marked Test Two, and check your marks using the model answers. Here are the model answers for Test Two. The maximum possible mark was 35 (not 25). Contact Steve Archer or Dimitrios Mitsotakis if you have any concerns about the marks you got. Here is a frequency plot for Test Two. About half of the people who sat, passed it:
Final ExamYou must be available to sit the final three-hour exam at 2:30 on Weds 21 June. No computers or mobile phones will be allowed in the final examination, and calculators must be silent. Paper non-English to English dictionaries will be permitted. Sitting the exam, and obtaining at least 40% in that exam, is required to pass this course. If you cannot come to the exam due to some emergency, it is very important to contact the course coordinator or the Science Faculty Office as early as possible. A formula sheet is given out with the final Exam. It is here
- 2016 exam questions
- 2016 exam answers
- 2015 exam questions
- 2015 exam solutions first half
- 2015 exam solutions second half
- 2014 exam questions
Videos Of LecturesWe plan to record all lectures to video. To see videos of lectures, please go to Blackboard, select ENGR121, then select Echo Center on the top left-hand side.
SyllabusThis schedule describes what we plan to cover during lectures and labs in ENGR121.
Help DeskThe Help Desk is a good place to come and ask questions if you are having trouble understanding tutorial and/or assignment questions, or material covered in lectures or in your extended reading. You are welcome here any time. Up till the exam, there will only be a skeleton crew available, the timetable is here http://sms.victoria.ac.nz/Main/MathHelpDesk The following people might be available, Emma Greenbank and Seyedvahid (Hamed) Amirinezhadtheir in CO365, Mon 11-1pm and Tue/Wed 12-1pm. Their first priority is Math 244 students, but if they have time they should be happy to answer any Engr 121 questions.
Extra Help from Student SupportThere is more help available from Vic's Student Support. They will help you with ENGR121, and they can also help advise on study habits and how to pass courses. Take a look at their website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/st_services/slss/
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