ENGR 121 (2017) - Home Page

Welcome 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.

Announcements

  • 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.*

Test Two - your marked Test Two may be collected from the SMS Office at the usual assignment collection times. In fact the school office will be giving out assignments all day every day (9am-4.30pm) until 16 June. I encourage you to collect yours, and take a look at the model answers further down this page. Check that your marks are correct. The maximum total mark is 35 (not 25 like Blackboard says). Contact Steve Archer or Dimitrios Mitsotakis if you have any concerns. I've also uploaded a frequency plot, further down -Mark

There are a number of Science Society Cram Sessions during Study Week; you can come to either Monday or Weds for ENGR121 help:
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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.

19/6/2017: Exam Review

Sorry there is some confusion about the time of the review session tomorrow. We were not able to reserve a room in the afternoon so the review is 5:30 - 7:30 in MCLT 102. There is no review 2-4.

Note Steven Archer is available in the morning.

28/5/2017: Final Exam

The material that is examinable for the final exam includes lectures, lecture notes online, assignments, and tutorials. The final exam is for the full Trimester with equal weighting on both halves of it. A good idea of the level of difficulty of the final exam may be gained by looking at the previous exams available on the course home page. They are a very good guide; there has been no change in syllabus since then for ENGR121.  Ka kite - Mark

25/5/2017: Re: Announcements

Last chance test prep help tonight (25 May) in CO-350, 5 pm - 7 pm, mostly for students who could not attend the review last night (we will cover mostly the same material).

The material that is examinable for the final exam includes lectures, lecture notes online, assignments, and tutorials. The final exam is for the full Trimester with equal weighting on both halves of it. A good idea of the level of difficulty of the final exam may be gained by looking at the previous exams listed below.

Assessment

To 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.

People

The 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.

Lectures

Day Time Room
Mon 9:00-9:50am KK LT303
Wed 9:00-9:50am KK LT303
Thur 9:00-9:50am KK LT303
Fri 9:00-9:50am KK LT303

Textbook

The 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 Representatives

Thanks 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 Page

Thanks Lana for setting up this Facebook page for ENGR121!

-Mark Prof Mark McGuinness

Lecture Notes

Lecture 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.

Assignment and tutorial questions and answers will be found here

Please write your assignment on paper, hand written or typed is fine. Please use a cover sheet or ensure your last name, first name, "ENGR121", and student number is on the front of your assignment. Please place your completed assignment in an alphabetically labelled locked box for ENGR121 on Level 3 of the Cotton Building, in the main corridor round the corner from the School Office, Cotton 358.

Marked assignments should be available for collection from the SMSOR Office CO358 from the Tuesday after you hand your assignment in. The school office maintains a website listing the times that assignments may be collected. As of now, the school office will be giving out assignments all day every day (9am-4.30pm) until 16 June. Bring your ID card with you. The standard system is that the Assignment is posted on each Friday and is due on the following Friday at 1pm. This may be changed occasionally to avoid clashes with tests etc.

Tutorial times will be posted below. The page how full tuts are will give an idea of which tutorials are full, and also the style used.

Day Start-Fin Room
Monday 10-10.50am AM102
Monday 1.10-2pm MY632
Tuesday 9-9.50am KK204
Tuesday 2.10-3pm AM104
Tuesday 4.10-5pm KK204
Wednesday 12-12.50pm AM104
Wednesday 3.10-4pm KK106
Thursday 11-11.50am MY632
Thursday 3.10-4pm EA201

Labs

Labs 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

Timetable

Here is a timetable showing lecture, lab and tutorial times for ENGR121. Also shown are the lecture times for selected other courses:
  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
9 Lecture Tut KK204 Lecture Lecture Lecture
10 Comp102 Tut AM102 Phys122/114 Phys122/114 Comp102 Phys122 & Comp102
11 Engr101   Engr101 Tut VZ104 Engr101
12 Lab $\mu$ Comp102   Lab $\theta$ Tut AM104 Phys114 & Comp102 Phys114 & Comp102
1 Tut MY632     Comp112 Comp112
2   Tut AM104 Lab $\chi$ Comp112    
3 Lab $\pi$   Tut KK106 Tut EA201  
4 Tut KK204 Lab $\rho$    
5        

Test Two

Test 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:
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Final Exam

You 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

Previous Exams

Videos Of Lectures

We 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.

Syllabus

This schedule describes what we plan to cover during lectures and labs in ENGR121.

Help Desk

The 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 Support

There 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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