Swinburne maths support centre finds new home in AMDC

Monday 4 August 2014

The east side of the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre building captured during a sunset.

Swinburne University of Technology’s Mathematics and Statistics Help (MASH) Centre has a new home in the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC).

The centre has relocated from its former location in AD224 and has reopened in the new purpose-built facility in AMDC503 that is double the size of the old space.

“MASH is a drop-in support centre for students from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology who need help with maths, physics, stats and other first year and second year engineering subjects,” head of the MASH Centre, Associate Professor Birgit Loch, said.

Students can work by themselves, in a group, or talk to a tutor.

The centre provides computers for students to watch MathsCasts, complete online assignments and also provides other services.

There are more than 400 MathsCasts and StatsCasts available to students. These are short, targeted screen videos with handwritten explanations of concepts many students ask for help on in the MASH Centre.

“We also run a mathematics crash prevention course before the start of semester 1 for first year students, and a mathematics crash recovery course before the start of semester 2 for students who have unsuccessfully attempted engineering mathematics 1 in semester 1,” Mathematics Education lecturer Dr Ant Edwards said.

The centre also offers exam revision classes and unit-specific support classes if there is demand.