UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit gives an introduction to the numerical analysis and modelling of engineering problems using the spreadsheet program Excel, Mathematica package and the MATLAB programming environment. Exercises are solved using techniques associated with numerical integration, search algorithms, relaxation schemes, root finding and linear algebra. The emphasis is on the sources of numerical errors and model and algorithm instabilities when modelling and solving linear and nonlinear algebraic and differential equation systems.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate interpersonal skills in teamwork; (2) communicate effectively in written technical reports; (3) demonstrate enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (4) demonstrate awareness of the evolution of the discipline including its history, philosophy and theorising; (5) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy—the ability to find the references/sources of information and evaluate their reliability; (6) create mathematical and numerical models of simple but realistic engineering systems; (7) analyse numerical and mathematical models using a computer and critically assess results; (8) determine when an engineering system may be treated as linear and when nonlinear treatment is necessary; (9) competently use mathematical software (Excel, MATLAB and Mathematica) to efficiently analyse and solve problems in engineering; and (10) synthesise fundamental science and engineering knowledge to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Winthrop Professor Arcady Dyskin
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for Software Engineering specialisation: MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent); for pre-2012 courses: [(MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra and MATH2209 Calculus and Probability) or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2] and (CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation or CITS1005 Computing for Engineers and Scientists)
Advisable prior study: for Chemical Engineering specialisation, Civil Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation, Mining Engineering specialisation and Software Engineering specialisation: CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; Environmental Engineering specialisation: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
Incompatibility: for pre-2012 courses: GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers
Contact hours lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week; computer class: 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/GENG4405/SEM-2/2017

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