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Unit description

Introduces students to the application of computational and numerical methods for simulation, optimisation, linear and non-linear equations, differentiation and integration. Develops skills in applying numerical methods for solving civil engineering problems, utilising software such as Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic for Applications programming.

Unit content

The Use of Excel and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) for Computational and Numerical Methods.

Theory and Practice of Simulations, including Monte Carlo Simulations.

Computing Solutions of Non-linear and Linear Equations.

Introduction to Mathematical Programming and Optimisation.

Programming with Visual Basic for Applications.

Numerical Differentiation. 

Numerical Integration.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Larsen, RW, 2017, Engineering with Excel, 5th edn, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Excel Assignment25%
Excel Assignment25%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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