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MATH1011: Applications of Calculus

Intensive January, 2023 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is designed for science students who do not intend to undertake higher year mathematics and statistics. It establishes and reinforces the fundamentals of calculus, illustrated where possible with context and applications. Specifically, it demonstrates the use of (differential) calculus in solving optimisation problems and of (integral) calculus in measuring how a system accumulates over time. Topics studied include the fitting of data to various functions, the interpretation and manipulation of periodic functions and the evaluation of commonly occurring summations. Differential calculus is extended to functions of two variables and integration techniques include integration by substitution and the evaluation of integrals of infinite type.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MATH1011
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 3
MATH1001 or MATH1901 or MATH1906 or BIOM1003 or ENVX1001 or MATH1021 or MATH1921 or MATH1931
Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics. Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Mathematics Bridging Course (offered in February). Please note: this unit does not normally lead to a major in Mathematics or Statistics or Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Daniel Hauer,
Lecturer(s) Shervin Sherwin,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment 1
Written calculations
5% Week 02
Due date: 22 Jan 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Jan 2023
7 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Online task Quiz 1
Mulitple Choice
12.5% Week 03
Due date: 25 Jan 2023 at 13:00
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 2
written calculations
10% Week 04
Due date: 05 Feb 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 12 Feb 2023
7 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Online task Quiz 2
Multiple Choice
12.5% Week 05
Due date: 06 Feb 2023 at 09:00
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Monitored exam
Final exam
Multiple choice and written written calculations
60% Week 06
Due date: 14 Feb 2023 at 09:00
1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Assessment summary

Below are brief assessment details. Further information can be found in the Canvas site for this unit.

  • Assessments: There are two assignments, which must be submitted electronically, as PDF files only, in Canvas by the deadline. Note that your assignment will not be marked if it is illegible or if it is submitted sideways or upside down. It is your responsibility to check that your assignment has been submitted correctly.  Penalties apply for late submission. A mark of zero will be awarded for all submissions more than 7 days past the original due date. Further extensions past this time will not be permitted. The better mark principle does not apply to assignments.

  • Quizzes: Quizzes will be held online in Canvas. The quizzes are 40 minutes. The better mark principle will be used for the quizzes so do not submit an application for Special Consideration or Special Arrangements if you miss a quiz. The better mark principle means that for each quiz, the quiz counts if and only if it is better than or equal to your exam mark. If your quiz mark is less than your exam mark, the exam mark will be used for that portion of your assessment instead.

  • Examination: Further information about the exam will be made available at a later date on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.


50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Periodicity. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Scaling Data. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Scaling Data and Finite Differences. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Optimisation: One Variable Problems. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO4
Optimisation: One Variable Problems (continued). Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO4
Optimisation: Two Variable Problems. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1
Week 03 Optimisation: Two Variable Problems (continued). Block teaching (2 hr) LO5
Method of Least Squares. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Finite Sums. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 04 The Definite Integral. Block teaching (2 hr) LO7
The Indefinite Integral. Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO7
Applications of Integration. Block teaching (2 hr) LO8

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture attendance: You are expected to attend lectures. If you do not attend lectures you should at least follow the lecture recordings available through Canvas.
  • Tutorial attendance: Tutorials (one per week) start in Week 2. You should attend the tutorial given on your personal timetable. Attendance at tutorials will be recorded. Your attendance will not be recorded unless you attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. While there is no penalty if 80% attendance is not met we strongly recommend you attend tutorials regularly to keep up with the material and to engage with the tutorial questions. Since there is no assessment associated with the tutorials do not submit an application for Special Consideration or Special Arrangements for missed tutorials.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 3 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 60-75 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

  • Applications of Calculus (Course Notes for MATH1011) are available for purchase from Kopystop, 55 Mountain St, Broadway.
  • Reference book: James Stewart. Calculus. Cengage Learning. 8th Edition, Metric Version, 2015, ISBN 978-1-305-26672-8.
    Available from the Co-op Bookshop.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse practical problems using techniques from differential and integral calculus;
  • LO2. fit as appropriate a linear, polynomial, exponential or a periodic function to a set of experimental data;
  • LO3. sketch the generalised sinusoidal functions;
  • LO4. use differential calculus to solve optimisation problems in one independent variable;
  • LO5. calculate the partial derivatives of functions of two variables, and hence to solve optimisation problems in two independent variables;
  • LO6. calculate finite sums and use the sigma notation where appropriate;
  • LO7. evaluate definite integrals and use definite integrals in applications;
  • LO8. determine when improper integrals of infinite type exist.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Minor changes were made to the weightings for the assignments and final exam.
  • Lectures: Lectures are online and live. Access from Canvas.

  • Tutorials: Tutorials are small classes in which you are expected to work through questions from the tutorial sheet in small groups on the white board. The role of the tutor is to provide support and to some extent give feedback on your solutions written on the board.

  • Tutorials: Tutorials start in week 2. You should attend the tutorial given on your personal timetable. Attendance at tutorials will be recorded. Your attendance will not be recorded unless you attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. If you are absent from a tutorial do not apply for Special Consideration or Special Arrangement, since there is no assessment associated with the missed tutorial.

  • Tutorial and exercise sheets: The question sheets for a given week will be available on the MATH1011 Canvas page. Solutions to tutorial exercises for week n will usually be posted on the web by the afternoon of the Friday of week n.
  • Ed Discussion forum:


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