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SIT194 - Introduction to Mathematical Modelling


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: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: David Tay




Incompatible with: SQP122 and SIT193
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 - campus:

4 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


Assumed knowledge: VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 or equivalent, or SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods. 


This unit includes fundamental techniques in differential calculus and integral calculus for the analysis of functions that occur in science and engineering problems.  Applications studied include approximations to solutions of equations and integrals and formulation of models to solve science and engineering problems.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply the method of foundational calculus used to solve problems in a range of real-world contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Utilise mathematical modelling to analyse, model, calculate and validate the results associated with solving complex real-life problems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Evaluate a mathematical model and recommend refinements or improvements.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically evaluate solution approaches and tools used in solving problems.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate results by showing steps of solution approaches and interpreting the outcomes.

GLO2: Communication

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


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Problem solving tasks  Three problem solving tasks 40% (13%, 13%, 14%) Weeks 4, 8 and 11
Examination 2-hour written examination 60% Examination period

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.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 50% in the examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SIT194 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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