2020 unit information
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
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
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
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
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
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
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.
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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