ENGR 121 (2021) - Home Page

Welcome to the home pages for ENGR 121: Engineering Mathematics Foundations for 2021 Trimester 2!



(Password is ENGR121 but you shouldn't need this)

Arrangements at different Covid-19 alert levels



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 updates and information to you.


The Course Coordinator is David Cox (CO547). Dillon Mayhew (CO435) is lecturing the first six weeks, Tanya Gvozdeva is lecturing weeks 7,8 and 9 and Dr Howard Lukefahr is lecturing weeks 10-12. Please contact either the current lecturer or the course coordinator with any questions about the course.

Dillon's office hour is 12.00noon to 1.00pm on Friday, in CO435.

David's office hours are 12:30pm-1:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in CO547 (Cotton building, south end) STARTING JULY 9TH.

Howard is in charge of the labs, their supervision, report marking, and the lab content for this course. He will also run in-person workshops. The office hours of math and statistics academics will be listed here.

Math Help Desk

The Mathematics Help Desk is a good place to come and ask questions if you are having trouble understanding tutorial and/or assignment questions, or material covered in lectures or in your extended reading. You are welcome here any time.

Lecture Notes and Slides

Assignments and Tutorials and Answers


Showing working

Our policy in ENGR121 on showing working in assignments and tests is that it is always a good idea! Some questions will explicitly ask you to show working, and in that case you will need to show it to get full marks. An incorrect answer with no working shown cannot attract any marks.

Test One

Test One (50 minutes) will be held in lecture on Tuesday August 31 (week 7). If a student is studying the course via distance an alternative arrangement will be made for them to take the test.

Test Coverage: Test One will cover Dillon's section of the course (weeks 1-6). Material in Assignments and Tutorials 1-4 is included, as well as printed notes.

Test One is worth 25% towards your final grade.

Solutions to Test 1.

Your Test 1 mark and comments are here.

This formula sheet will be provided with both tests.

Examples of Test One

The following are included here for your information, but do not cover as much content as the test for 2021T2 will (the tests below were based on only 4 weeks of material). See Tutorials and Assignments 1-4 for the material covered in 2021T2.

Formula sheet

This formula sheet will be provided with both tests.

Test Two

Test Two (50 minutes) will be offered in person in MCLT101 on Wednesday October 20th (assessment period) between 9.30am and 10.20am. Alternative arrangements will be made for anyone unable to take the test on campus, see Blackboard announcement. NOTE THAT A WORKING CAMERA WILL BE REQUIRED IF YOU TAKE THE TEST OFF-CAMPUS.

Test Coverage: Test Two will cover Howard and Tanya's sections of the course (weeks 7-12). Material in Assignments and Tutorials 5-8 is included, as well as printed notes.

Test Two is worth 25% towards your final grade.

Examples of Test Two

Note that these tests from previous years do not necessarily cover all the same content as has been covered in 2021T2. Test Two in 2021T2 will cover what was taught during weeks 7-12 this trimester i.e. differentiation, integration, vectors, matrices and probability.

Previous Exams

Past exam papers can be found on the library page. You'll find exam papers since 2014.


Or you can just go here for previous exams.

Here are some past exams and some model answers. There is no exam for ENGR121 in 2021T2 but these questions are still useful for revision purposes for Test 2. Test Two in 2021T2 will cover what was taught during weeks 7-12 this trimester i.e. differentiation, integration, vectors, matrices and probability.


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 very closely, and it is also the text for ENGR 122 Engineering Mathematics with Calculus, so it will 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. All of these books are also available at the Victoria University library (as ebooks or physical books).

If you want details on how to search the Library resources yourself this can be found at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/library/how-to-use-the-library/searching-for-resources/using-te-waharoa


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 up to two assignments without penalty as the best 6 of 8 assignments are counted. You can also miss one lab without penalty as the best 3 of 4 labs are counted. 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 6 weeks 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.

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

Joining Lectures via Zoom

Direct link to lectures via Zoom: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/92464742380?pwd=SkI2T2I4VUFIclkvR3BmZHNEUHE4dz09 or enter meeting ID: 924 6474 2380

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. They are also available in the lectures by week folders.


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

Extra Help from Student Learning

There is more help available from Student Learning. 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:

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