ENGR 121 (2018) - Home Page

Welcome to the home pages for ENGR 121: Engineering Mathematics Foundations.

Announcements

Assignment 5 is due 1pm on Friday 4 May.

I've put model answers to Test One here. - Mark

Here is a bar graph of ENGR121 results to 20 April, showing how everyone did in Test One (grey bars, raw marks), and in assignment 3, and in Lab report 1, and over all three assignments, lab 1, and Test 1. You will see that since there are 244 enrolments, and 33 failed Test 1 (14 of these did not sit), about 13% of the class failed Test 1. Only 8% of those who sat the Test failed it. 125 students got a grade of B or better in the Test, about half the enrolled class. It is great to see so many students acing the assignments and lab 1 with A+. -Mark
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Please email howard.lukefahr@vuw.ac.nz if you have any questions about labs and lab reports. Lab times are below (Mon 3-5, Tue 11-1, 1-3, 3-5). The lab schedule can be found here.

Dr Howard Lukefahr is running a Workshop every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106 for all ENGR students. Pizza is not provided - my apologies for the false fact previously promulgated about this (#MarksPizzaGate). These workshops are intended to cover a range of material useful to first-year Engineering Students at Vic, and are every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106.

People

The Course Coordinator is Prof Mark McGuinness. Mark is lecturing the first six weeks, and Thuong Nguyen is lecturing the last six weeks.

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, report marking, 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.

The names of your tutors and lab demonstrators will appear shortly.

Class Representative

The class representative, elected after a fierce GoSoapBox poll battle with three very worthy opponents, is Niels. His email address is NielsDanielClayton at gmail dot com. Congratulations Niels, and well-spoken all four volunteers!

Facebook Page

Here is the ENGR121 Facebook page, thanks Niels.

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes will be put here

Assignments and Tutorials

Tutorials start in Week Two, from 12 March. The first assignment will be available online before Friday of Week One, 9 March. Tutorial signups are not working yet on Blackboard (My Allocator) but will be up soon.

  • 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 SMS 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. 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 are posted here. The page how full tuts are will give an idea of which tutorials are full, and also the style used. You are welcome to come to more than one tutorial per week.

Dr Howard Lukefahr is running a Workshop every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106 for all ENGR students. Pizza is not provided - my apologies for the false fact previously promulgated about this (#MarksPizzaGate). These workshops are intended to cover a range of material useful to first-year Engineering Students at Vic, and are every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106.

Tests

Two Tests will be given, each one held during a Friday lecture, at 9am in MC LT103.

Test One was be held at 9am in Week 5 on Friday 13 April. It may be collected from the SMS office just like an assignment.

Here are the model answers and marking schedule for this Test, and you are encouraged to check that your marks are correct on the returned Tests. -Mark

Test One covered all material up to and including rational functions, on page 40 of the Lecture Notes. It did not cover exponential or log functions, or trig functions, or sequences or series. It is worth 10%. If you miss Test One, you can still get the 10% through your final exam, which will be worth 10% more. If you do poorly in Test One, it won't be counted.

Test Two will be held 9am in Week 10 on Friday 25 May, in MCLT103. It is worth the same as Test One.

Final Exam

You must be available to sit the final three-hour exam during the exam period at the end of Trimester One.

This formula sheet will be provided with the Test and with the Exam

Previous Exams

Labs

Labs started in Week Two, from 12 March. All labs will be in CO219 and CO238.

Signup in Week One online- these signups are now working.

A lab manual, lab scripts, and the lab schedule can be found here

Lab reports are worth up to 20% in total, based on the best three of the four lab reports submitted.

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 Lecture   Lecture Lecture
10   Comp112   Comp112  
11 Tut CO119 Lab $\beta$ Tut AM104   Tut MY301 Comp112
12 Comp102 Tut CO118 Lab $\epsilon$ Comp102 Comp102  
1 Engr101 Lab $\gamma$ Engr101 Engr101 Tut MY301  
2 Tut AM102 Tut CO119    
3 Comp102 / Engr141 Lab $\alpha$ Lab $\delta$   Comp102 / Engr141 Comp102 / Engr141  
4 Tut EA201 Tut EA201      
5   Cybr171 Cybr171 Cybr171  

Lectures

Four days a week are allocated to lectures, but often only three are needed for covering new content. The fourth lecture on Fridays is sometimes used to catch up on lecture material, sometimes for a Test, sometimes to revise material that students have struggled with in previous weeks, and sometimes it is cancelled.

Lectures are Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri. All 9:00-9:50am, all in MC 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.

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 a total of up to 20%, no matter how low the mark. There will be four labs. The lab report with the worst mark will be discarded, and the remaining three labs used to calculate the overall mark out of 20.

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 the full 10% available.

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.

Mandatory Course Requirements:

To pass the course, you have to get more than 50% overall, and you have to get more than 40% in the final exam.

GoSoapBox

To be able to communicate with the lecturer anonymously, during lectures or otherwise, you can use your internet browser (smart phone, tablet or laptop) to go to the GoSoapBox website, and join the event called VICENGR121. You can use any name you like as a login. You can indicate if you are confused or not during a lecture, and you can ask a question, or you can vote for a previously asked question to promote it to the top of the list.

Videos Of Lectures

We record all lectures to video. The first lecture with content on Tues 6 March was mistakenly not recorded. All following lectures have been recorded, although we are still trying to fix an issue with flickering of the left screen. 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 in ENGR121.

Help Desk

The Mathematics 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.

Dr Howard Lukefahr is running a Workshop every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106 for all ENGR students. Pizza is not provided - my apologies for the false fact previously promulgated about this (#MarksPizzaGate). These workshops are intended to cover a range of material useful to first-year Engineering Students at Vic, and are every Monday and Wednesday evening, 5-8:30pm in AM106.

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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