Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Dec 2, 2008

Silver Medalist Richard Ng with his certificate and medal won at the AAOU 2008 International Conference in Tian Jin, China

MATHEMATICS might not be most people’s cup of tea but for Richard Ng of Open University Malaysia (OUM), it is his passion. Ng, who is the director of Perak Learning Centre, initiated a math project, which culminated in a research paper entitled E-Mathematics: Pre-instructional and Supplemental Instruction and their Impact on Students’ Online Participation and Final Exam Score.”

This paper was presented at an international conference recently and won a silver medal. He said the paper was conceived out of his love for math and the accolade was something that he had not anticipated. The conference which was organised by the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) in Tianjin, China, from Oct 14 to 16, attracted over 200 participants from Asian open and distance learning institutions. The highlight was the project paper presentation. This year, the gold medal went to China while the bronze medal went to South Korea. Calling it his pet project (which he started in August 2007), he said: “Math is not a complicated subject as perceived by many. I strongly feel that learners will be inspired when math is taught in a correct way.”

The silver medal won

“To put it in easier terms, this is all about learning and discussing math online. The learners go through two stages – T-Zero and Online Supplemental Instructions. “The first stage sees the usage of a special software to key in mathematical symbols to derive answers. “In the second stage, a method called Supplemental Instructions (SI) is teamed up with online learning.”

The certificate awarded to members of the project team

“SI which was pioneered by Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, applied to conventional learning through a coaching system. “Senior learners who are good at math, teach junior learners through specially arranged extra classes.

“I have tweaked the idea to enable online SI coordination. Though the fundamentals are the same, this is more flexible as the learners need not have face-to-face interaction,” he said.

For a start, the pilot project involves learners from the OUM Perak Learning Centre. The response has been encouraging. “We have roped in learners with math proficiency to be mentors to their junior course mates.

“A significant outcome is that the barriers caused by inferiority complex have been greatly reduced.

The write-up as appeared in the Sun paper on Dec 2, 2008 pg 20

“I am glad to see an increase in learners’ online involvement and activities,” said Ng who specialises in Math, E-Commerce and Marketing.

“I believe this format will help learners comprehend math in a fun way. Learners will be trained on software usage, ways of typing mathematical symbols and how to post and answer questions online. “They can turn to their mentors and tutors for guidance along the way. Research has it that collaborative learning has a significant impact on study excellence.

“This will prevent learners from dropping out of their programme, thus helping OUM to increase its retention rate.”

Ng feels OUM needs to continuously enhance its online capacity to make learning attractive to learners.

“OUM is a viable option for many working people who want to further their studies while working. “OUM shoulders a huge responsibility to make learning less stressful in a creative way.”

Details, call 03- 2773 2002, e-mail enquiries@oum.edu.my or log on to www.oum.edu.my

Friday, November 28, 2008

Important chapters to focus in your Sept 2008 final exam

The following are videos to focus for your coming exam on Dec 16 2008:


Application of Integration:

Partial Differentiation & M-Test:

Marginal Cost/Revenue/Profit Part 1:

Marginal Cost/Revenue/Profit Part 2:

Differentiation Part 1:

Differentiation Part 2:

Differentiation on Logarithm and Exponential:

Good luck in your exam.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ucapan Penghargaan dari pelajar BBMP 1103

Posted by AZFAZEIDA BINTI ARSHAD. Nov 25, 2008

Renungan yang mendalam ... Jessica dan Azie (kanan).

Salam Sejahtera Dr. Richard dan rakan-rakan sekalian.

Di kesempatan ini saya ingin meluahkan rasa bertuah saya kerana berada di OUM Perak. Apatah lagi dalam kelas yang diketuai oleh seorang pakar matematik Dr. Richard yang pada anggapan saya bukan hanya sekadar seorang pendidik tapi juga sebagai seorang kawan yang sentiasa memberi rangsangan untuk kejayaan kita semua. Beliau yang juga seorang pakar psikologi di mata saya mampu serta mengetahui kemampuan diri kita dalam menerima pelajaran, justeru itulah beliau dengan segala usaha dan keringat yang ada mencurahkan ilmu dan bakti kepada kita semua. Syabas Dr. Adakalanya rasa bimbang menyelubungi diri...risau jika gagal menepati janji tapi demi membalas segala jasa yg telah diberi maka saya nekad untuk lebih bekerjakeras. Bagi diri saya yang tidak seberapa ini... sesungguhnya segala penat lelah Dr tidak dapat dibalas dengan sekadar ucapan terima kasih...(malah saya rasa Dr. dah kaya dengan 'kasih' kita yg diterima dalam posting forum...betul tak Dr?) Tiada salahnya kita menceriakan Dr dengan berusaha untuk mendapat keputusan yang terbaik untuk matapelajaran ini... Bayangkanlah rakan-rakan semua...jika kita gembira dengan result kita nanti...maka akan berganda lagilah kegembiraan Dr dan akan terbayar segala yang telah dikorbankan oleh Dr utk kita semua.... Ayuh..rakan-rakan ku.... pastikan 'Kejayaan' milik kita semua.

Semoga Berjaya.


Posted by Jamuna:

Wow ! I have never seen any teacher or tutor who takes the trouble to go through our answers regarding any subject. A tutor who wants to know whether we are on the track, our aim and our goals for a particular subject. Will do my best.

Hats off to you Sir !

Sememangnya betul cakap Azie, Jess dan Swee Peng. Saya pun rasa terharu dengan pencapaian saya setakat ini, apatah lagi dengan bimbingan Mahaguru Matematik Dr Richard dan juga motivasi serta bantuan yang diberikan oleh rakan-rakan.

Nak score A memang dalam ingatan dan sedang berusaha ke arah itu - sekiranya saya dapat mencapainya, ia akan mengatasi segala kesilapan yang saya telah buat dalam zaman persekolahan.

Kepada kawan-kawan yang jarang respon, saya tau mereka sedang berusaha untuk mencapai markah yang terbaik - "all the best to you".

Kepada Dr - jasa tuan akan sentiasa dikenang dan dijadikan sebagai amalan untuk membantu rakan-rakan lain yang bakal mengambil subjek ini.

Take care


Posted by Shamini Sally:

Dear Dr,

First and foremost my appology for not being so active in LMS for the past two weeks. Actually i have slow down in participating and in fact have put more efforts towards Microeconomics which is really giving me a big fear now.

Honestly sir, the last whole week did not do much for Maths , it is not being over confident but somehow I know that I will get through the paper but matter of A or B. With so much support from you , I trully believe we can do it but with a condition - endlesss practice from us.

I will have to back up from this week onwards and start doing all the exercises before it is too late. I am so impressed with your effort in reminding us continuously and keeping track of our revision plan. You are really too caring sir and i don't know what else to say other than THANK YOU million times.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Exam Coaching Workshop for BBMP 1103

The exam coaching workshop for Management Mathematics was held on Nov 23 2008 at Open University Malaysia (OUM) Perak branch campus from 9am to 12.30pm. The workshop was conducted to assist learners in their revision and to chart a strategy towards attaining their desired goals in their final exam on Dec 16 2008.

Math workshop being facilitated by Richard Ng who is also the director of OUM Perak

Part of the learners who were attending the workshop

The workshop was facilitated by the director of OUM Perak cum tutor, Richard Ng, who have many years of experience in coaching this subject. 23 learners from various parts of Perak turned up for the workshop. Learners were briefed on the final exam format and the topics to focus. The topics to focus are as follows:

Watch the video on the workshop: (This video cannot be viewed from OUM campus in KL)

Part A: (Given 5 questions - answer all)

* Chapter 5 - Quadratic equations which include vertex point and maximum/minimum
* Chapter 6 - Logarithm
* Chapter 7/8/9 - Differentiation
* Chapter 13 - Integration

Part B: (Given 4 questions - answer any 3)

* Chapter 6 - Compound Interest/Population
* Chapter 7/8/9 - Differentiation
* Chapter 10 - Application of Differentiation
* Chapter 11/12 - Partial Differentiation

Part C: (Given 2 questions - answer only 1)

* Chapter 13 - Integration
* Chapter 14 - Application of Integration

Learners were given sample questions to try out and the facilitator went through the answers and the techniques of answering questions with them.

Learners who aspire to score A in the coming exam

These group of learners are among the best that OUM Perak have had and in fact they are also part of a research being carried out by OUM. The research paper has won a Silver medal for OUM at the recent AAOU 2008 International Conference held in Tianjin, China.

These are the best mentors and moderators who have successfully helped their course mates i the Management Math subject. From Left: Jessica, Azie, Jamuna, Choy San, Choi Yoon and Hj Jamal.

OUM wish to thank the following learners who have been part of the research as Mentor/Moderator in online discussion forum. Their active participation and good moderation skills has help to increase the online participation to over 6,500 as at the time of writing this posting.


Untuk pelajar OUM yang ingin mendapatkan sampel soalan dan jawapan bagi kertas BBMP 1103 sila hantarkan maklumat anda dengan menggunakan emel OUM sahaja kepada richng8888@gmail.com.

Berikan butiran anda seperti berikut

Nama Penuh:
Pusat Pembelajaran:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Application of Integration - Consumer's Surplus

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Consumer's Surplus.

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM Main Campus)

Application of Integration - Cost Functions

This video will show you how to apply integration on Cost Functions.

Watch the Video Here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM Main Campus)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Video on Integration Part 1

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Integration.

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM Main Campus)

Video on Integration Part 2

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Integration using substitution method.

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM Main Campus)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Video on the use of Lagrange Multiplier

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Lagrange Multiplier.

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus)

Video on Application of Partial Differentiation

This video here will show how to find critical point of a partial function and then determine whether it is maximum or minimum using the M-Test

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus)

Video on Partial Differentiation

This video here will show you how to answer questions related to partial differentiation from Chapter 11.

Watch the video here: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sample Q&A on Application of Differentiation

The video here will show you how to answer questions related to Application of Differentiation which includes Marginal Cost, Revenue and Profit.

Watch the video Part 1: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus

Watch the video Part 2: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sample Q&A on Differentiation of Logarithm and Exponential Functions

This video will show you how to anwer questions related to differentiation of Logarithm and Exponential fnctions.

Watch the video: (Note: The video cannot be viewed from OUM main campus)

Sample Q&A on Differentiation

This 2-part video will show you how to answer questions related to Differentiation

Watch Video Part: 1

Watch Video Part: 2

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sample Q&A on Cost, Revenue and Profit Function

This video will show how to answer questions related to Cost, Revenue and Profit functions.

Watch the video here:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sample Q&A on Break-Even Point

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Break-Even Point.

Watch the video here:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sample Q&A on Domain and Range

This video will help you to understand how to answer questions related to Domain and Range.

Watch the video:

Usaha Inovatif Pengarah OUM Perak

Posted by Hamdan Hasan In Learner Connexxion 45th Issue

Suara Pelajar:

En. Richard Ng, Pengarah OUM Perak telah mengusahakan sesuatu yang diluar jangkaan demi untuk membantu para pelajar memahami subjek Pengurusan Matematik dengan baik. Beliau telah membuat video yang dipos ke YouTube dan boleh dilayari di http://bbmp-1103.blogspot.com/.

Blog Matematik Pengurusan yang telah dilayari sebanyak 2255 kali dalam tempoh 2 bulan

Saya rasa ianya satu usaha yang baik dan berkemungkinan besar pada masa yang terdekat ini, para pelajar tidak perlu lagi membawa modul ke kelas tetapi hanya membawa laptop dan CD sahaja. Ini akan menjimatkan belanja pihak OUM dan juga dapat mengurangkan kos pembelajaran pelajar.

Saya berharap pihak atasan melihat usaha En. Richard ini sebagai sesuatu yang perlu diambil contoh oleh tenaga pengajar yang lain.

Terima kasih.

Hamdan Hasan
PPT Greentown


Terima kasih saudara Hamdan.

Menurut En. Richard, laman ini telah mendapat sambutan yang sangat baik dengan bilangan hits setakat Tutorial 3 sebanyak 4350. Beliau menjangkakan jumlah ini akan melebihi 5,000 pada Tutorial ke-5.

En. Richard yakin cara ini dapat memberi perangsang kepada para pelajar dan berharap laman ini dapat membantu meningkatkan prestasi pelajar dalam subjek ini pada peperiksaan akhir nanti.

Walaupun begitu, satu masalah yang mungkin dihadapi ialah sewaktu memuat turun video ini kerana ia memerlukan komputer bermemori tinggi iaitu tidak kurang dari 1GHz.

Sekian, terima kasih.


OUM bags the Silver Medal Best Paper Awards at Tianjin, China.

The OUM delegation were all smiles when the university won the Silver Medal Best Paper Award for e-Mathematics during the 22nd Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conference held recently in Tianjin, China. The paper was presented by Prof Mansor Fadzil, Senior Vice President and was co-written by Dr. Richard Ng, Prof Abtar Kaur, Prof Latifah Abdol Latif, Ramli Bahroom and Siti Farina Sheilh Mohamed. The fact that the paper was on e-Mathematics and their impact on students online participation and final exam score, clearly indicates that OUM’s e-learning in mathematics are of international standards.

Once again, congratulations to the OUM team, especially Dr Richard Ng, the director of Perak Learning Centre. All of you have made the university proud.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sample Q&A on Exponential

This video will show you how to answer questions related to exponential taken from Chapter: 1.

View the Video here:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sample Q&A on Linear Equations

Here is a sample Past Year's question on Linear Equations to assist those who have problem with this topics. I have attached the slides as well as the accompanying video to show how to do it.

The video is best viewed if your system has a minimum of 1GB RAM. Kindly download the Speed Video software on the right to ensure a smooth view.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Solving Equations Using Cramer's Rule

The following example taken from the past years exam paper will show you how to answer questions related to Cramer's rule. I have attached the presentation slides as well an accompanying video to explain how to do it.

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View the Video:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Video on Chapter 7

The video on Chapter 7 will cover the topics on Differentiation. It is divided into 7 segments to comply with YouTube's requirements.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Video on Chapter 6

The videos here are based on Chapter 6 - Logarithm Functions.

There are 6 parts. Please view it using Internet Explorer. You may need streamyx for better viewing.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sample Q&A Chapter 5 - Part 1

This video will show you how to answer questions related to Quadratic Functions. Two past years questions were used as samples taken from Jan 2008 exam paper set by OUM.

The videos are divided into 2 parts to comply with YouTube requirement. Kindly view using Internet Explorer.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Video on Chapter 5

The following videos is based on Chapter 5 - Quadratic Functions. The videos have been broken down into 5 parts to fulfill the conditions set by YouTube of not more than 10 minutes per video. Please view it using Internet Explorer.

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Sample Q&A on Chapter 6 - Compound Interest

This video will show you how to answer questions related to compound interest. It consists of 2 parts.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sample Question and Answers for Chapter 4

This video will show how to answer questions related to application of Revenue, Cost and Profit Functions. Also included Break-Even Point Analysis.

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Video on Chapter 4

This video is based on Chapter 4 - Linear Functions.

Kindly view using Internet Explorer.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sample Questions and Answers on Chapter 3

The following video will show you how to answer Past Years exam questions related to chapter 3.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Video on Solving Equations Using Inverse Matrix

View the following video and then apply it in your Assignment Question: 2. For best viewing, use Internet Explorer, click the play button and let it run for 1 complete cycle and replay as many times as you wish

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