Last Updated S012019


Unit Name Engineering Mathematics 2
Unit Code BSC104C
Unit Duration 1 Semester

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Duration 3 years    

Year Level One
Unit Creator / Reviewer N/A
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites BSC101C
Credit Points


Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

This unit is intended at expanding the scope of engineering mathematics learning further, by introducing the student to the principles and applications of differential and integral calculus. The derivative and integration rules and techniques are brought out clearly, so as to enable the student to solve simple as well as complex engineering problems, using calculus. This is followed by a detailed overview of the concepts related to analytical geometry, probability and statistics and sets, so that the student will be able to use these mathematical techniques to effectively deal with problems in engineering application areas.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of differential and integral calculus
    Bloom’s Level 3
  2. Derive equations from graphs of trigonometric functions
    Bloom’s Level 4
  3. Evaluate the concepts of analytical geometry
    Bloom’s Level 4
  4. Apply concepts related to statistics and probability
    Bloom’s Level 3


Student assessment

Assessment Type When assessed Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions

Example Topic: Differentiation basics

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts

Due after Topic 3

10% 1, 2

Assessment 2 - mid-semester test

Type: Multi-choice test / Extended answer questions/ Short answer questions

Example Topic: Topics 1 to 6

Students may be asked to provide solutions to simple problems on various topics.

Due after Topic 6

20% 1, 2

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical

Example Topic: Analytical geometry

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or use software to complete a practical.

Due after Topic 9

20% 3

Assessment 4

Type: Examination

Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

Final Week 40% 1 to 4

Tutorial attendance + Weekly homework

5% for tutorial attendance and 5% for weekly homework submission. Weekly homework will  be discussed and assigned during live tutorials.

Continuous 10% 1 to 4

Prescribed and Recommended readings

Suggested Textbook

  • Bird, J. Higher Engineering Mathematics, 9th edn, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 9780367643737.

Reference Materials

  • Bird, J. Engineering Mathematics, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN-978-0-75-068555-9
  • Kreyszig, E 2011, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 10th edn, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN-13: 978-0470458365.
  • Knovel library:
  • IDC Technologies publications
  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures and in the Reading Guide

Unit Content


Topic 1


  1. Rules of Differentiation/Derivatives Summary
  2. Applications of Derivatives
  3. Rates of Change
  4. Minimum and maximum value problems
  5. ODEs
  6. Initial Value Problem
  7. Application Examples
  8. Second order differential equations

Topic 2

Integration 1

1. Integration Rules and Techniques
2. Integration with trigonometric substitutions
3. Integration with partial fractions
4. Integration by parts
5. Double and Triple Integrals

Topic 3

Integration 2

1. Applications of Integration
2. Areas and Arc Length
3. Volumes of Solids of Revolution
4. Centroids
5. Theorem of Pappus
6. Second Moments of Area
7. Parallel Axis Theorem
8. Perpendicular Axis Theorem
9. Additional Applications

Topic 4 

Introduction of Numerical Methods for Integration and Differentiation

  1. The trapezoidal Rule, Mid-ordinate Rule, and Simpson's Rule
  2. Euler’s method
  3. Euler-Cauchy method
  4. Comparisons between numerical and analytical methods

Topic 5

Analytical Geometry 1

1. Angles and Lines
2. Triangles
3. Quadrilaterals
4. Polygons
5. Circle Properties
6. Irregular Areas
7. Solid Figures
8. Straight Lines and Equations
9. Circle Equations
10. Parabolas, Ellipses and Hyperbolas

11. Graphs of Trignometric Functions

Topic 6

Analytical Geometry 2

1. Planes and spaces
2. Other coordinate systems
3. Parametric equations
4. Spheres
5. Conic sections
6. Transformations in space
7. Geometric intersections
8. Volumes by integration

Topic 7

Vector Spaces

  1. Linear combination and spans
  2. Linear dependence and independence
  3. Subspaces
  4. Vector dot and cross product
  5. Null space and column space
  6. Linear transformations

Topic 8

Introduction to Probability

  1. Terminology and Definitions
  2. Possible outcomes
  3. Independent and dependent events
  4. Probability Scale
  5. Theoretical Probability
  6. Probability Rules
  7. Factorial
  8. Permutations and Combinations
  9. Continuous random variables
  10. Probability of occurrence and not occurring
  11. Probability density function

Topic 9

Statistics and Standard Deviation

  1. Data and data averages
  2. Mean
  3. Variance
  4. Elementary probability
  5. Laws of probability
  6. Standard Deviation
  7. Coefficient of Variation

Topic 10

Distributions and Data

  1.  Normal Distribution and Z-Scores
  2. Chebyshev’s Theorem
  3. Histograms
  4. Correlation and Scatterplots
  5. Correlation Coefficient and the Regression Equation
  6. Utility and Validity

Topic 11

Mathematical Induction Proofs 

  1. Notation
  2. Axioms
  3. Sums, Series and Sequences
  4. Binomial theorem
  5. De Moivre theorem
  6. Taylor series
  7. Inequalities
  8. Convergence and continuity
  9. Divisibility and geometry

Topic 12

  1. Strong induction
  2. Smallest counterexample
  3. Exam revision / Dummy practice exam



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