Courses & Units

Engineering Mathematics KME271




This unit extends concepts from single variable calculus (KMA152 and KMA154) into the domain of several variables. Particular attention is given to the 3 dimensional Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems.

Topics include the analysis of general surfaces, quadric surfaces and countour surfaces; parameterisation of surfaces; partial derivatives leading to the chain rule, tangent plane, 2D Taylor series, directional derivatives and gradients, and constrained and unconstrained optimisation; double and triple integrals and change of variables using the Jacobian; vector calculus including vector fields, gradient vector fields, line integrals, surface integrals, divergence, curl, Green's Theorem in the Plane, Gauss' Divergence Theorem, and Stokes' Theorem; and 1D Fourier Series.


Unit name Engineering Mathematics
Unit code KME271
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics

Teaching staff

Dr M Brideson

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 010101

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(KMA152 or JEE103)  and (KMA154 or JEE104)


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KMA252 and KME771


Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr lectures, 1-hr tutorial, 1-hr lab session approximately weekly


2-hr exam (70%), assignments (20%), on-line tests (10%)

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