Applied Mathematics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - x 4 (30%) , Invigilated Exam (70%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

The ideas and techniques considered in this unit are basic to many applications of mathematics in engineering and in the biological, physical and social sciences. Mastery of these ideas and techniques at this stage will greatly help later on with an understanding of these disciplines where they are used. They also form a background prerequisite for the units MAS130 : Calculus and Matrix Algebra.

You are also strongly advised NOT to enrol in MAS120 and MAS110 at the same time. In order to successfully complete MAS120, you will require the knowledge gained from the successful completion of MAS110.

Murdoch University advises that students who do not successfully complete MAS110 before attempting MAS120 usually fail MAS120.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. calculate limits and finite and infinite points
  2. differentiate powers, exponentials, logs and trigonometric functions
  3. integrate powers, exponentials, logs and trigonometric functions
  4. use the product, quotient and chain rules
  5. use substitution and integration by parts
  6. solve separable and linear first order ODEs
  7. solve optimisation problems using calculus
  8. use linear approximations and related rates
  9. do basic algebra including exponential functions with complex numbers in Cartesian and polar form.
  • Assignments — x 4 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (70%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You are also strongly advised NOT to enrol in MAS120 & MAS110 at the same time. In order to successfully complete MAS120,you will require the knowledge gained from the successful completion of MAS110.

  • Additional materials

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Algebra Revision
2Linear and nonlinear functions
3Limits, continuity and the Derivative
4Applications of the Derivative
5Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
6Techniques and Applications of Integration
7Differential Equations and application
8The Trigonometric Functions
9Complex Numbers

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Calculus with Applications, Global Edition

    By:Lial, Margaret, L.

    ISBN: 9781292108971


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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