ENGR 121 (2020T3) - Home Page

Welcome to the 'wiki' pages for ENGR 121: Engineering Mathematics Foundations for 2020 Trimester 3.


Announcements

Announcements will be sent to your myvuw email address, using the Blackboard system. You can also read past announcements by going to the Blackboard page. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS AS THIS IS HOW WE COMMUNICATE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND UPDATES TO YOU!

People

The Course Coordinator is David Cox (CO547). Dr Emma Greenbank (CO548) is lecturing the first half of the course and David is lecturing the second half. You can hover over or click on one of our names to see our contact details. Please contact David or Emma with any questions about the course.

Dr Howard Lukefahr (CO341) is in charge of the labs, their supervision, report marking, and the lab content for this course. Please contact Howard with any questions about the labs.

Class Representatives and Facebook page

Thanks very much to our class representative Sarah Phillips :D

You are welcome to join the facebook group she has set up (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1067518747012786)

If you need to contact her directly her email will be posted on blackboard.

Discord

Here is the Discord channel for Engineering and Comp Sci. When you join you should go to the bot channel and type in

(exclamation mark)rank engr-121

and then you will have the maths role added, so you can access the 121 channel. You can also do this for your other courses.

Discord provides an alternative to Facebook for ENGR121 students to text or chat with other ENGR121 students.

Rainbow Discord

The VUW UniQ discord server is to be found at https://discord.gg/PyxnDu6 . UniQ is our rainbow representative group on campus. They provide social and support space for students, a critical service during this potentially isolating time.

Lectures

Lectures are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11.00-12.50 in CO119 (Cotton building). The first lecture is on Tues November 10 and the last will be a revision lecture on Tues December 15. There will be no lecture on Wednesday November 25 as Test 1 is on that day.

Lectures are also on Zoom, the link is https://vuw.zoom.us/my/engr121?pwd=OEtsQnBORzdlRmNMM0YvbGdjSUo2Zz09

Timetable:

WeekTuesdayWednesdayThursdayNotes
Nov 9-13

Lectures start:

Tues/Wed/Thurs

11.00-12.50, CO119 (Cotton bldg)

Tut 1

2.10-4.00, CO119
Zoom link for lectures, tutorials and labs:
https://vuw.zoom.us/my/engr121?pwd=OEtsQnBORzdlRmNMM0YvbGdjSUo2Zz09

Assignment 1 due Sunday 15th 2pm
Nov 16-20

Lab 1

2.10-5.00, CO243

Tut 2

2.10-4.00, CO119

Assignment 2 due Sunday 22nd 2pm

Lab 1 report due Monday 23rd 11.59pm
Nov 23-27

Lab 2

2.10-5.00, CO243

Test 1 (25%, online). 2 hours allowed, start any time between 9am and 3pm.

(No lecture)
2.10-2.45 (approx), short help session in CO119 and also on Zoom, instead of tutorial Lab 2 report due Monday 30th 11.59pm
Nov 30 - Dec 4

Lab 3

2.10-5.00, CO243

Tut 3

2.10-4.00, CO119

Assignment 3 due Sunday 6th 2pm

Lab 3 report due Monday 7th 11.59pm
Dec 7-11

Lab 4

2.10-5.00, CO243

Tut 4

2.10-4.00, CO119

*NOTE THAT TUT 4 MAY MOVE TO FRI DEC 11 2.10-4.00

Assignment 4 due Sunday 13th 2pm

Lab 4 report due Monday 14th 11.59pm
Dec 14-18

Revision lecture

(last lecture)
Test 2 (25%, online). 2 hours allowed, start any time between 9am and 3pm.

Lecture Notes

click on link

Assignments and Tutorials and Answers

click on link

Labs

click on link

Helpdesk

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.00-2.00, there will be a maths helpdesk in The Hub which ENGR121 students are welcome to attend. You can also join via Zoom at the same times: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/2807722585

Tests

Test One

Test One (25%) will be an online Blackboard Test on Wednesday 25 November. You will be able to start the test any time on that day between 9am and 3pm. Once you begin, you will have 2 hours to complete the test. Each student will be on their honour to ensure that the answers submitted are entirely their own work, done without collaboration with any other person. Tutorials before the test will be a chance to revise, using a Sample Test 1, plus previous Tests.

Test Coverage: Test One will cover Emma's section of the course (weeks 1-3). Material in Assignments/Tutorials 1 and 2 is included.

Test One is worth 25% towards your final grade.

Formula sheet

This formula sheet will be provided with the Test.

Examples of Test One

The best indication of what to expect in Test 1 is the Sample Test 1 on Blackboard.

The following are not as good as Sample Test 1 on Blackboard, because they have more limited coverage, but are included here for your information and practice. The following were not online Blackboard Tests.

Test Two

Test Two (25%) will also be an online Blackboard Test, on Wednesday 16 December. You will be able to start the test any time on that day between 9am and 3pm. Once you begin, you will have 2 hours to complete the test. Each student will be on their honour to ensure that the answers submitted are entirely their own work, done without collaboration with any other person. Tutorials before the test will be a chance to revise, using a Sample Test 2, plus previous Tests.

Test Coverage: Test Two will cover David's section of the course (end of week 3 onwards). Material in Assignments/Tutorials 3 and 4 is included.

Test Two is worth 25% towards your final grade.

Examples of Test Two

The best indication of what to expect in Test 2 will be the Sample Test 2 on Blackboard.

The following are not as good as Sample Test 2 on Blackboard, because they have more limited coverage, but are included here for your information and practice. The following were not online Blackboard Tests. TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE

Final Exam

There is now no final exam in T2 2020.

This formula sheet was provided with the Test and with the Exam in previous years. Feel free to use it if you want to, when doing Test 1 and Test 2.

Previous Exams

Past exam papers are found on the library page: Go this page and EXAM PAPERS is an option at the top. Click and search for ENGR121. You'll find exam papers since 2014.

https://library.victoria.ac.nz/library/

Or you can just go here for previous exams.

Here are some past exams and some model answers.

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 reasonably closely, and it is also the text for ENGR 122 Engineering Mathematics with Calculus, so it should 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

Here is how your percentage mark is calculated, on which your final grade is based:

Assignments 25%, Labs 25%, Test One 25%, Test Two 25%.

You can miss one assignment without penalty as the best 3 of 4 assignments are counted. Assignments are due to the ECS submission system by 2pm on the Sunday following the relevant tutorial (see timetable). You can also miss one lab without penalty as the best 3 of 4 labs are counted. Lab reports are due to the submission system by 11.59pm on the Monday following the relevant lab. Late assignments will not be marked. Late lab reports will result in lost marks, 10% loss for each day up to five days late. Later reports will not be marked.

You are strongly advised to complete all assignments and labs, to maximise your grade for the course. By completing all assignments and labs in the first half of the course, for example, you are then putting marks in the bank for the second half in case you get sick or otherwise indisposed later on. Also, the earlier assignments and labs tend to be easier but are worth the same marks!

If a student does poorly in assignments, the two test marks will be reweighted and total assignment mark not counted if this is in the student's favour. Lab marks always count.

Assignments and labs are fully marked, you can get very useful feedback from looking over your marked work.

Videos Of Lectures

We record all lectures to video. To see videos of lectures, please go to Blackboard, select ENGR121, then select VStream Videos on the top left-hand panel. Recordings become available approximately 1 hour after the lecture finishes.

Syllabus

This schedule describes what we plan to cover during lectures in ENGR121.

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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