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Numerical Methods Example Coursework Assignment

The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

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.


This module investigates the use of computer algebra, numerical techniques and computer graphics as tools for developing the understanding and the solution of a number of problems in the mathematical sciences. Topics that will be addressed will include linear algebra, the solution of algebraic equations, the generation and use of quadrature rules and the numerical solution of differential equations and, time permitting, some other aspects of computational mathematics. The computer language used is Maple.


You can check the assessment format for this module under the Teaching and Assessment Overview link in the Module Content box below. Exams and grades are scrutinised for fairness by a team of independent external examiners. The criteria used in marking are made explicit in the past exam papers made available to you for the course.


Your feedback comes in many forms:

  • Coursework submissions
  • Questions asked during or after lectures
  • Participation in tutorials - Tutorials provide you with a unique opportunity to work with other students and explore ideas from the module in further depth. Tutorials are also a more relaxed environment for you to get advice and guidance for your course from academic members of staff, who will provide helpful comments.
  • Personalised feedback during office hours (see Essential Information block on the right) - Office hours are also an opportunity for you to get 1 on 1 help for any additional support you may need. You can also contact the lecturer by email with any queries you might have.
  • Any other types of feedback specific to the module
  • PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) – get help and feedback from higher-year students (mentors) in a friendly, informal environment.

Feedback is not just written comments on a piece of work. Please make sure that you actively engage with all these feedback opportunities, as they are there to help you learn and gain confidence in tackling unfamiliar problems!

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