Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia October intake 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Sem 1: Prof Jamie Evans, Sem 2: Prof Chris Davies (Clayton); Mr Khoo Boon How (Malaysia)


General rules for software development and design. Errors. Data types, variables, expressions, control statements M-files. Numerical techniques: Gauss elimination, solution of non-linear equations, optimisation, curve fitting, numerical calculus, ordinary differential equations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. To develop an understanding of commonly used numerical methods for solving engineering problems; the ability to appropriately apply numerical methods to engineering problems and to know some of the limitations of such methods
  2. To develop structured problem solving techniques and to develop a knowledge of programming concepts and the ability to write simple programs


Written examination (3 hours): 70%
Continuous assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

2 hrs lectures, 3 hrs laboratory and 7 hrs private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.