• Class Number 6167
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Martin Helmer
    • Martin Helmer
    • Dr Sean Harris
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course continues on from MATH1013. It emphasises an understanding of the fundamental results from calculus and linear algebra which both can be applied across a range of fields including the physical and biological sciences, engineering and information technologies, economics and commerce, and can also serve as a base for future mathematics courses. Many applications and connections with other fields will be discussed although not developed in detail.

Topics to be covered include:

Calculus - Integration and techniques of integration, including multiple and iterated integrals. Sequences and series. Functions of several variables - visualisation, continuity, partial derivatives, and directional derivatives. Lagrange multipliers.

Linear Algebra - theory and application of Euclidean vector spaces. Vector spaces: linear independence, bases and dimension; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; orthogonality and least squares.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts. These concepts include vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality and least squares in linear algebra; and integration, sequences and series, functions of several variables, and partial differential equations in calculus.
  2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of calculus and linear algebra techniques as they relate to the concepts listed above.
  3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through explaining concepts from calculus and linear algebra.
  4. Apply problem-solving using calculus and linear algebra techniques applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts.

Required Resources

(1) Essential Calculus (second edition) by James Stewart.

(2) Linear Algebra and its Applications (fourth or fifth edition) by David Lay.

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • sample solutions
  • verbal comments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note that the timing of the class content is subject to variation.

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Improper integrals; 3-dimensional geometry
2 Sequences and series; 3-dimensional geometry
3 Sequences and series; abstract vector spaces Workshop 1
4 Power series, Taylor series series; coordinate systems and dimension Workshop 2 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 1
5 Parametric curves; coordinate systems and dimension Workshop 3 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 2 Assignment 1
6 Polar coordinates; Markov chains Workshop 4 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 3
7 Arc length; functions of several variables; eigenvectors and eigenvalues Workshop 5 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 4
8 Partial derivatives; tangent planes; linear approximations; matrix of a linear transformation Workshop 6 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 5
9 Chain Rule; diretional derivatives and gradients; discrete dynamical systems Workshop 7 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 6
10 Maximum and minimum values; Lagrange multipliers; inner products Workshop 8 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 7 Assignment 2
11 Double integrals; orthogonal projection Workshop 9 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 8
12 Double integrals in polar coordinates; QR factorisation and least squares Workshop 10 Weekly Lectorial Quiz 9

Tutorial Registration

Workshops will begin in Week 3. See Wattle for registration.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online learning quizzes 7 % * * 1,2,3
Workshops: engagement and cooperative problems 7 % * * 1,2,3,4
Ongoing assessment quizzes 7 % * * 1,2,3,4
Weekly Lectorial Written Quiz 30 % * * 1,2,3
Final exam 40 % 04/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3
Written Assignments 9 % * * 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


We believe that discussing mathematics is one of the best ways to master the material. Students are expected to engage actively and respectfully in cooperative problem-solving during the workshops and laboratories. Students are strongly encouraged to attend lecturer office hours and interactive sessions and ask questions! Similarly, students are strongly encouraged to attend lecture, ask questions during lecture, and listen and learn actively in class (be it in person or via Zoom).

Note that, for remote participants, all lectures will be dual mode with simultaneous live Zoom and in person lecturing. Students participating via Zoom will be able to ask questions verbally, provided the audio setup in the lecture room is capable of facilitating this, and otherwise will be able to ask questions via text chat.

The Lectorial is completely online and will be used to facilitate the Weekly Lectorial Written Quiz assessment.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 7 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Online learning quizzes

There will be a weekly online quiz through the WebAssign platform, covering recent topics from the linear algebra and calculus topics. Students enrolled in the class will receive WebAssign account during Week 1 and information will be posted on Wattle. The lowest two WebAssign scores will be dropped when calculating a student's overall WebAssign mark.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. Further details can be found on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 7 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Workshops: engagement and cooperative problems

Weekly Zoom workshops led by demonstrators offer students a chance to work cooperatively on problems related to the class material. Workshop registration will be available on Wattle, and students should attend their scheduled workshop each week. Students are required to log in via their ANU Zoom accounts and activate their video, unless prior arrangement has been made with the lecturers.

Attending workshops is one of the most important class activities, as they represent one of the best opportunities to learn the material. Worksheets will be posted on Wattle by the Friday of the week preceding the workshop. The workshop worksheet is not handed in as an assignment; solutions are written in a workbook provided by you but the workbook is not submitted. Note that we will not be providing written solutions to workshop problems, so please take advantage of the workshops as the best opportunity to learn how to solve these problems.

Each workshop will have a one-question mini-quiz to evaluate engagement with the problems. Demonstrators will announce the mini-quiz during the workshop, and students will receive credit for any answer submitted via the chat function during the session. Each question is worth 1% of the final course mark, up to a total of 7%. Note that this allows students to miss a workshop or two due to illness or unavoidable conflicts. Please contact the lecturers about missing workshops only if you are unable to attend more than two workshops due to serious illness or family situation. If you miss your regular workshop in a particular week and would like to attend another, please introduce yourself to the demonstrator but be aware that your quiz mark may not be recorded.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 7 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Ongoing assessment quizzes

Each week students are required to take a 2-question WebAssign quiz that covers the content of the previous week's learning quiz. The point of these quizzes is to solidify mastery of past material in order to ensure success in a course where the material relies substantially on past topics. The ongoing assessment quiz will not allow multiple attempts.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Weekly Lectorial Written Quiz

These quizzes will occur every week starting in week 4 for a total of 9 quizzes; 8 of these quizzes will count towards the students grade with the lowest one quiz mark being excluded from the average. The quizzes will be 20 minutes in duration and will occur in the scheduled weekly Lectorial slot; they will be delivered by Wattle and released and due according to a strict timed schedule. Solutions will be submitted via Wattle. Late submissions will not be accepted. Students are expected to be available to complete the quiz during the scheduled weekly Lectorial slot.

The quizzes will consist of one question (sometimes with several parts) and will be written long answer style.

The long answer quizzes are meant to help students get use to answering exam style questions on material covered in class and to help them gauge their level of understanding on an ongoing basis. The precise extent of assessable material will be announced on Wattle prior to the weekly quiz time. Taking the weekly written quizzes is a hurdle requirement for the course, unless specifically arranged otherwise. Students who receive an average grade of less than 35% on the weekly quizzes will receive an NCN in the class.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final exam

The final exam will be a cumulative assessment of the material covered in the entire course, although the emphasis will be on material not yet assessed. To pass the course, students must score at least a 35% in each of the linear algebra and calculus portions of the exam. Students who earn a passing mark but do not meet these hurdles will be offered a supplementary exam. For a student who is offered a supplementary exam because of not meeting a hurdle, if the hurdles are passed on the supplementary exam then a grade of 50PS awarded; if not, an NCN grade is awarded.

Please check the ANU Examination Timetable once the end of semester exam timetable has been finalised, at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the final exam.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 9 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Written Assignments

There will be two written (long answer) assignments in the course. They will cover both Linear Algebra and Calculus.

The assignments will be due in Week 5 and Week 10. Graded assignments will usually be returned within 3 weeks of submission.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of any assignment (note: this is not required for WebAssign quizzes, and no other homework assignments are planned for MATH1014 in Semester 1, 2020). If an assignment submission is required, please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

WebAssign quizzes offer immediate feedback in the form of correct answers, and sample solutions for some of the questions are available after the submission date. Marked workshop quizzes will be available at the following week's workshop. Each student is responsible for checking that their marks are entered correctly on Wattle; written records of the marks should be saved until they have been confirmed on Wattle. Any discrepancies should be reported a timely manner and no later than the end of Week 12.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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