MATHS 7101 - Multivariable and Complex Calculus

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

The mathematics required to describe most "real life" systems involves functions of more than one variable, so the differential and integral calculus developed in a first course in Calculus must be extended to functions of more variables. In this course, the key results of one-variable calculus are extended to higher dimensions: differentiation, integration, and the link between them provided by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus are all generalised. The machinery developed can be applied to another generalisation of one-variable Calculus, namely to complex calculus, and the course also provides an introduction to this subject. The material covered in this course forms the basis for mathematical analysis and application across an extremely broad range of areas, essential for anyone studying the hard sciences, engineering, or mathematical economics/finance. Topics covered are: introduction to multivariable calculus; differentiation of scalar- and vector-valued functions; higher-order derivatives, extrema and Lagrange multipliers; integration over regions, volumes, paths and surfaces; Green's, Stokes' and Gauss's theorems; an introduction to complex numbers and functions; complex differentiation; complex integration and Cauchy's theorems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 7101
    Course Multivariable and Complex Calculus
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1012
    Assessment Ongoing assessment, exam.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sanjeeva Balasuriya

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of calculus involving more than one real variable.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of calculus for one complex variable.
    3. Be able to state and apply the major results in the course.
    4. Apply the theory in the course to solve a variety of problems at an appropriate level of difficulty.
    5. Demonstrate skills in communicating mathematics orally and in writing.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1. Textbook: Multivariable and Complex Calculus, Matt Finn and Sanjeeva Balasuriya, University of Adelaide (2021).
    2. Purpose built video lecture recordings for each section of the textbook.
    Both these primary learning resources will be made available to enrolled students via the course's MyUni page.
    Recommended Resources
    • External videos relevant to the course material.
    Links to these will be provided via the course's MyUni page.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as the textbook, videoed lectures, tutorial questions, assignments, sample solutions, quizzes (for self-testing), discussion boards, sample test / examination etc. Students must make appropriate use of all these resources to succeed in this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course delivery will occur on a weekly timetable. Each week typically consists of a variety of learning activities. All asynchronous activities/resources will be released at the beginning of each week, to enable students to personalise their schedules. Weekly tasks include:
    1. Reading the relevant sections of the textbook.
    2. Viewing video-recorded lecture material which complements rather than mimics the textbook.
    3. Participation in a synchronous scheduled (face-to-face or remote) tutorial and workshop session. These are designed for active learning and practicing problems to reinforce this learning.
    4. Attempting the extra practice problems which are released with the tutorial sheets.
    5. Reviewing whether the learning outcomes -- listed at the end of each relevant section in the textbook -- have been achieved.
    6. Completing a short online quiz to strengthen understanding of the relevant weekly material.
    7. Review released solutions from the previous week's tutorial questions.
    8. Attend the online consulting sessions as necessary, particularly if the student is having difficulty in achieving the learning outcomes.
    The Weekly Tasks are designed to provide complementary activities which carefully work with each other in helping students achieve the learning outcomes for the relevant sections for each week. The design ensures that each student has the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    ActivityQuantityWorkload Hours
    Engaging with the written (textbook) and oral / visual (lecture recordings) course material - 88
    Tutorials and Practice Problems 12 24
    Quizzes 10 5
    Assignments 5 10
    Revising and studying - 29
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    The learning activities are centred around the course content, given below in terms of the relevant chapters of the textbook:
    1. Functions of many variables: preliminaries.
    2. Differentiation of multivariable functions.
    3. Integration of multivariable functions.
    4. Fundamental theorems of multivariable calculus.
    5. Complex calculus.
    Each chapter has sections, which are the basis for partitioning the course material. The weekly task schedule (with each week consisting of reading the textbook, viewing lecture recordings, participating in an active tutorial and workshop, completing the online quiz questions for self-learning, reviewing practice problems, etc.) is approximately as follows:
    • Week 1:  Course introduction, Sections 1.1 and 1.2.
    • Week 2:  Sections 1.3, 2.1.
    • Week 3:  Sections 2.2, 2.3.
    • Week 4:  Sections 2.4, 2.5.
    • Week 5:  Sections 2.6, 3.1.
    • Week 6:  Sections 3.2, 3.3.
    • Week 7:  Section 3.4.
    • Week 8:  Sections 3.5, 4.1.
    • Week 9:  Sections 4.2, 4.3.
    • Week 10:  Sections 5.1, 5.2.
    • Week 11:  Sections 5.3, 5.4.
    • Week 12:  Section 5.5.
    • Week 13:  No new material, Course Review and Examination Preparation.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment TaskTask TypeDueWeightingLearning Outcome
    Final Examination Summative

    Final Examination period

    40% All
    Mid-semester Test Summative and Formative Week 7 20% All
    Quizzes (10) Summative and Formative End of Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 10% All
    Assignments (5) Summative and Formative Weeks 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 30% All
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment ItemDistributedDueWeighting
    Quiz 1 Week 2 End of Week 2 1%
    Quiz 2 Week 3 End of Week 3 1%
    Quiz 3 Week 4 End of Week 4 1%
    Quiz 4 Week 5 End of Week 5 1%
    Quiz 5 Week 6 End of Week 6 1%
    Quiz 6 Week 8 End of Week 8 1%
    Quiz 7 Week 9 End of Week 9 1%
    Quiz 8 Week 10 End of Week 10 1%
    Quiz 9 Week 11 End of Week 11 1%
    Quiz 10 Week 12 End of Week 12 1%
    Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 3 6%
    Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 5 6%
    Assignment 3 Week 7 Week 8 6%
    Assignment 4 Week 9 Week 10 6%
    Assignment 5 Week 11 Week 12 6%
    Mid-semester Test - Week 7 20%
    The Mid-semester Test will be held synchronously for all students during the Workshop session in the relevant week, which has been set aside on your timetable for this course. By enrolling in this course, students are signalling their commitment to be available at this time, and must take the test at this time.
    All submissions are to be done using MyUni, following the relevant instructions. Submission deadlines will be strictly adhered to.

    • Any delay in assignment submissions will attract penalties. 
    • Quizzes not completed by the due time will not be accepted by the system.
    • The Mid-semester Test must also be strictly completed by the due time.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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