Quantitative knowledge and skills are fundamental to many disciplines and many professions. This unit aims to provide building students with opportunities to acquire essential knowledge and skills in fundamental quantitative areas including basic algebra, functions and trigonometry. The unit introduces those aspects of algebra, functions and trigonometry that are considered fundamental in building profession and that are required in subsequent technical units. Students who attain a solid understanding of these fundamentals will be able to make a confident transition to the study of other technical areas in the building discipline.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and adapt a variety of trigonometric, geometric and financial equations, rules and ratio to building, construction, surveying and design problems and applications;  
  2. Apply and compute graphical and algebraic techniques in determining the rates of change associated with loads, moments, kinematics and other building and construction related areas;  
  3. Formulate mathematical description of a problem arising in building, construction, surveying and design;  
  4. Contextualise mathematics in a variety of building, construction, surveying and design problems and applications.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Four (4) Post-Class Quizzes 15%
Test Three (3) In-Class Quizzes/Tests 35%
Assignment Three (3) PBL Activities 30%
Project Project (Plan, Report and Presentation) 20%

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