EDUC 1005 - Mathematics for University B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course offers students of both the University Preparatory and The Wilto Yerlo University Preparatory Program the opportunity to advance their mathematical skills in preparation for future university study. Mathematical skills are essential in order to be an effective professional in a wide range of careers and this course provides students with the opportunity to develop these skills. This course advances students mathematical knowledge in theoretical and applied geometry. The focus will be on trigonometric problem solving, periodic functions, applied measurement and deductive geometry. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in these content areas to solve mathematical problems relating to real-life situations. The course is available for students with a wide variety of experience and levels of knowledge of mathematics, and activities and assessment will be adjusted to suit individual students.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 1005
    Course Mathematics for University B
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Restrictions This class is only open for students in the University Preparatory Program or Wilto Yerlo Preparatory Program.
    Course Description This course offers students of both the University Preparatory and The Wilto Yerlo University Preparatory Program the opportunity to advance their mathematical skills in preparation for future university study. Mathematical skills are essential in order to be an effective professional in a wide range of careers and this course provides students with the opportunity to develop these skills. This course advances students mathematical knowledge in theoretical and applied geometry. The focus will be on trigonometric problem solving, periodic functions, applied measurement and deductive geometry. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in these content areas to solve mathematical problems relating to real-life situations. The course is available for students with a wide variety of experience and levels of knowledge of mathematics, and activities and assessment will be adjusted to suit individual students.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chad Habel

    Lecturer/tutor: Leanne Pace
    Email: leanne.pace@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The aim of the course is to:

    1. Develop the skills, capacities and confidence to undertake content-rich undergraduate studies in areas with a mathematical component, creating a potential for success.

    2. Develop the mathematical knowledge of the participants.

    3. Enable participants to create a strong mathematical foundation which will give them academic opportunities at university level.

    4. Increase the academic and mathematical confidence of the participants.

    5. Develop students’ mathematical problem-solving skills.

    6. Foster students’ capacity to work cooperatively with others.

    7. Foster an ability to identify current and future problems and explore existing and potential solutions both independently and cooperatively.

    8. Develop their capacity to utilise technology to assist in their application of mathematical knowledge.

    9. Foster an appreciation of mathematics that will create opportunities at very stages in the future, both in academic and personal situations.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,5,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,5,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,5,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no set text for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    The lecturer will establish the recommended resources during weeks 1 and 2 of lectures. They can also be found on My Uni.
    Online Learning
    This semester, lectures will be delivered online to mitigate the effects of very early classes. It is very important for you to fully engage with these online lectures, so please make sure you follow all instructions as outlined each week.

    My Uni will be an integral part of the teaching and learning process and will be used to facilitate communication between the student and lecturer outside of the contact hours. The link to MyUni can be found on the University Website under students but for your reference is https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/. You will be expected to use MyUni to download and upload assignments, for online tests, to access recommended resources and lecture notes and keep informed of course details and important information which will be posted in the announcements section. This document will also be available online within MyUni. Important announcements will also be emailed to you as a group so you will need to check your email often as well.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will entail a 1 hour lecture per week (delivered online) and 2 hours of workshops/tutorials per week. The focus will be on guided discovery and problem-solving with a high level of support from the lecturer. The student will be responsible for the non-contact activities which will include, but are not limited to, reading, assignments, problem-solving and studying.
    Workload

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

    1 x 1-hour lecture per week (delivered online): 12 hours
    1 x 2-hour workshop/tutorial per week: 24 hours
    4 hours of reading/problem-solving activities per week: 48 hours
    6 hours of independent study per week: 72 hours

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Diagnostic exercise
    Week 2 Short cuts to fractions Simplifying, converting, adding and subtracting
    Week 3 Short cuts to fractions Multiplying, dividing, fractions of
    Week 4 Ratios How are they useful? Solve for x; scales and simplifying
    Week 5 Conversions and using EXCEL for Ratios, Fractions and conversions Tutorial held in Computer Lab
    Week 6 Perimeter, area and volume Overview of basics
    Week 7 Perimeter, area and volume Focus on circles and triangles
    Week 8 Bearings and angles; review for test Angle properties
    Mid-semester break
    Week 9 Pythagoras
    Week 10 Basic trigonometry
    Week 11 Revision
    Week 12 End-of semester exam In-class exam
    Specific Course Requirements
    To pass this course, students must attend at least 75% of tutorials; in cases of absence for medical or compassionate reasons, documentation must be provided and students must still attend at least 50% of classes. If students fail to attend the minimum required number of tutorials, they will be considered to have not completed an assignment (see below). 
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The University of Adelaide has committed to a pedagogical approach termed the “Small Group Discovery Experience”, indicating that the SHDE will be a core component in a credit-bearing course of every undergraduate program, and that it will be part of every first-year level from 2014. Since the UPP is not an award-based program, it is not strictly required to include an SGDE in the UPP.

    However, since the UPP is designed to prepare students for first-year study, and the SGDE will be a core component of all first-year study, it is important for the UPP to provide some preparation in Small Group Discovery. These should be of a scaffolded, preparatory nature as befits each course within the program, and the philosophy and program objectives of the UPP. The Program has been designed to include preparation for small group work and research activity in many of its courses.
  • 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 Task Task Type Due Weighting Submission
    Homework assignments Formative

    Almost every week

    Best 8 assignments selected to contribute to 10% of total grade In class
    Test 1 Formative and Summative In class Week 6 20% In class
    Test 2 Summative In class Week 9 20% In class
    Group project Summative Week 10 20% MyUni
    End-of-semester exam Summative In class Week 12 30% In class
     
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attempt all assessment tasks to pass this course. Since the University Preparatory Program is designed to prepare students for success at University, completing and submitting all assignments is central to the intended learning outcomes of the program and each course within it. Often, at least attempting and submitting assignments in the face of difficulty or adversity is enough for success at University and the UPP encourages this resilience by employing this policy in select courses.

    Penalties for lateness may apply. If a student fails to submit all assessment tasks and would otherwise have received a grade greater than 45, they will be given a nominal grade of 45 Fail for that course in that semester. This will permit them to undertake additional assessment (formerly called academic supplementary assessment) at the Course Coordinator’s discretion, as per policy at 9.1.3 at http://www.law.adelaide.edu.au/students/assessment/#supp It is not necessary to apply for additional assessment; this assessment will usually consist of the missed pieces of assessment, but the course coordinator may require more.

    As per policy 9.1.3.3, if the student passes the additional assessment to the Course Coordinator’s satisfaction, the maximum grade they can get for the course is 50 Pass. If a student’s raw grade is below 45, regardless of whether all tasks have been attempted, this score will stand unless exceptional, documented circumstances apply as per the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html   
    Assessment Detail
    Homework Assignments

    These will be issued throughout the semester usually during the tutorial and it will be expected that they will be completed by the following tutorial. If you are absent and do not receive the assignment it will be posted online so that you are able to catch up for the following week. If you are absent on the week that you hand up your assignment you can review the solutions online for your own learning but your assignment will not be included in your final grade.

    Mid-Semester Tests

    These will be held at 2 different times during the semester to give you a chance to review material and boost your grade so that it does not rely entirely on the final exam. They will also give you an opportunity to practice performing under test conditions to prepare you for exams. The material will come for the lecture material and homework assignments so if you have been attending lectures and tutorials and completing the assignments you should have no difficulty completing these assessments.

    Mathematical Project

    A project based around the topic of geometry. It will be bridged over the mid-semester break to give you extra time to work on it outside of class time. Drafts can be presented for review at any time but it is the responsibility of the student to approach the teacher with the draft and collect it from them in time to complete the assignment. The project must be scanned and submitted as file via MyUni.

    Further details will come later.
    Submission
    Where possible, assignments will be electronically submitted via MyUni. Students may be granted extensions to assignments on medical or compassionate grounds; documentation to support these grounds will be required. Requests for extension must be made before the due date; requests for extension submitted after the due date will not be considered. All extension requests must be submitted to the Course Coordinator (Chad Habel: chad.habel@adelaide.edu.au); any extensions granted by the lecturer or tutor will not be considered valid.
    All extension requests will be administered according to the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/
    For a concise information sheet on this policy, please visit http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/pdfs/maca_medical_compassionate_info.pdf

    In-class exam
    The end of semester exam will be conducted during the final tutorials, and homeworks assignments are required to be submitted in class as well.

    A replacement exam be available to students on medical or compassionate grounds. Students seeking a replacement test need to apply through the correct MACA process and provide appropriate supporting documentation. If students do not attend the test and do not provide a documented reason (as soon as possible and no later than 5 days following the test date), they will receive a mark of zero for the exam. Information on Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) can be found at; https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html  An application form for Assessment Task Extension or Replacement Examination due to Medical or Compassionate Circumstances can be found at; https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/Medical_Compassionate_Application_Form_-_12_June_2013.pdf

    Penalties for Late Submission

    Unless the Course Outline states otherwise when an assessment is submitted after the due date, and without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised 5% per day for every day including weekend days and public holidays. This penalty may be increased where the assignment is to be completed ina period of less than a week.
    This course aims to return assessed work within 2 weeks of its submission, although this cannot be guaranteed. The resubmission of assignments is not possible for this course, except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Course Coordinator.  
    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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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