This is being released early so that those who want to work on the Chapter 2 material and get ahead for Assignment 2, perhaps during Reading Week, may choose to do so. At the time of writing I have not decided when Assignment 2 will become available but all relevant lectures have been recorded here.

There is more than 7 hours learning tasks to get through here: realistically this learning will take place primarily over three weeks:

  • (For those getting ahead) Reading Week (26 October to 1 November)
  • Week 6
  • Week 7 (only a little bit of new material)

Again the target/recommendation is 7 hours per week (subject of course to your own time management around other modules, etc.).

Assignment 2

I had said that I would make Assignment 2, based on Chapter 2, available the morning after Assignment 1 is due. Instead I have made available, via the Week 6 announcement, the rest of the Chapter 2 material.

I will make Assignment 2 available sometime around the end of week 6, Monday of Week 7. It has a deadline the end of Week 8, Friday 20 November.

Week 6


There is a lot of video here: two hours and 20 minutes… about three and a half hours of time… but the last video can be kept perhaps for Week 7 (9 – 15 November), and Week 7 is going to have very little video.


There are a lot of exercises here. You might consider using the Reading Week to get a little ahead of this work.

You must understand that:

Any and all submitted work will receive feedback.

This includes work submitted late (i.e. Week 4 exercises submitted in Week 5), or work emailed to me. It is easiest for me however if work is:

  • Submitted on Canvas
  • Properly labelled (page number and question)
  • Ideally work that you know is correct (i.e. matches answer in the manual) not be submitted for feedback.

If you are completed the earlier Chapter 2 exercises, and/or feel confident watching the above video, you could look at:

  • p. 99, Q. 1-9 (mixture of simply supported and fixed ends)
  • p.107, Q.1-8 (mixture of simply supported, fixed ends, and cantilevers)
  • p.121, Q. 1-4 (maybe just use Euler’s Method at this time).

You can (carefully) take photos of your work and submit to the Week 6 Exercises.

Submit the images as a single pdf file. To do this, select all the images in a folder, right-click and press print. It will say something like How do you want to print your pictures? Press (Microsoft?) Print to PDF. If possible choose an orientation that has all the images in portrait.

Week 7

There will be little new material in Week 7 as you will need time to focus on Chapter 2 with Assignment 2 due in Week 8.

We will begin Chapter 3 on Probability and Statistics. We will look in particular at Mutual Exclusivity and Independence.


Unfortunately when I sent the survey about Zoom, I had not yet “submitted” the Canvas feedback on the Week 3 exercises, and so students opinions might not have been fully informed… at the moment one in three respondents to the survey say they “need Zoom time”, but some of them have not yet submitted to Canvas so… If you want to have your say on this please fill in this survey (Links to an external site.)

This difficult topic will be considered by me again, perhaps after the Reading Break.

Academic Learning Centre

Have you heard about CIT Maths Online (Links to an external site.) on Canvas? It’s full of helpful Maths and Stats resources, notes, quizzes and videos to help you throughout the whole year. 

During this period of remote learning we will be using the Maths Online module on Canvas to offer Maths and Stats support to you and answer as many student questions as possible. 

1-to-1 Maths appointments will be available through Zoom. There are 32 appointments available per week. Please log on to Maths online to see the most up to date resources and to book a 1-to-1 video call. Find out how to add it to your Canvas dashboard here (Links to an external site.)

Drop-in Maths is on every Tuesday from 12 – 2. Here you can drop in to ask our lecturer a quick Maths question.  

If you have any other question about our remote Maths and Stats supports email Joy and Deirdre at

See the CIT Students tab above for further resources.