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ESM215 - Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Zara Ersozlu




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials

Online sessions/pre-recordings: weeks 1-11, Online sessions: weeks 2-11


This unit address theoretical and practical aspects of problem solving and mathematical modelling, as well as introducing students to one of the major modern applications of mathematics, public key cryptography. Participants will be expected to access significant print and on-line national and international literature in the area, engage in the process of solving non-routine problems and applying the modelling process, and reflect on the strategies they used and the solution paths they followed.

Topics include: the nature of mathematical problems and the problem solving process; problem posing and mathematical investigations; communicating mathematical explanations and proof; the concept of a mathematical model and the modelling process; applying the modelling process to real world problems; the role of problem solving and modelling in the real world; and an introduction to public key cryptography.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate their understanding of the stages, mathematical processes and problem solving techniques, including the use of appropriate technology, involved in solving non-routine problems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Identify the stages in the process of mathematical modelling and be aware of its application in a range of traditional and non-traditional areas

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Devise and effectively communicate solutions to non-routine mathematical problems and real-world problems for which the development and application of a mathematical model is appropriate

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate their understanding of the basic mathematics underpinning public-key cryptography and it application to real world problems of secure data storage and transmission

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Portfolio of problem solving tasks   50% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Portfolio of modelling tasks   35% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Portfolio of tasks related to public key cryptography   15% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ESM215 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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