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Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams to solve problems involving numerical methods and modelling ; (2) communicate effectively and efficiently in written technical reports ; (3) create mathematical and numerical models of simple but realistic engineering systems ; (4) critically assess the results of numerical and mathematical models ; (5) competently use mathematical methods and software in numerical modelling ; (6) determine when an engineering system may be treated as linear and when nonlinear treatment is necessary ; and (7) evaluate models for errors associated with finite accuracy of computations and high sensitivity to input data.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) a final examination; and (3) quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a final examination component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Arcady Dyskin
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation, Civil Engineering specialisation, Electrical & Electronic Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation, Mining Engineering specialisation,
or Software Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
computer class: 1 hour per week
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