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GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. 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.

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
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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.