Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman

Academic Contractor and Pianist


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The largest project in our experience has been Economics: An Interactive Study Guide by Brian Chapman published in July 1997 by Addison Wesley Longman (ISBN 0 7339 0186 7), being a computer-based adaptation of the entire first year textbook Economics by Waud, Maxwell, Hocking, Bonnici and Ward (ISBN 006 312156 5). It features animated graphs and diagrams together with the presentation of text according to the self-organising, self-summarising QED style, i.e., core static text hyperlinked to pop-up textual, graphic, animation and simulation resources.


Other completed projects include:

  • Heart Sounds. Prepared for the Faculty of Medicince, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, featuring original heart sounds presented aurally and graphically with hyperlinked tutorial information and animations showing the functions of the heart valves under normal conditions and under four disease states (Developer: Brian chapman. Completed 2010, Revised 2011 ).

Heart sounds 1          Heart sounds 2

  • Resistors. A virtual experiment for Gippsland Medical School's Foundations of Biomedical Sciences Mordule 3, allowing interactive study of the bahaviour of resistances in series and in parallel (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed December 2007).

Resistors 1          Resistors 2

  • pH Buffering. A virtual experiment for Gippsland Medical School's Foundations of Biomedical Sciences Mordule 3, allowing interactive study of acid-base titration curves in the presence of pH buffers (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed December 2007).

pH Buffering 1          pH Buffering 2

 

  • Cardiovascular Simulation . A virtual experiment for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, allowing interactive study of the influences of compliance, resistance and blood volume on blood flow and blood pressure within the cardiovascular system (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed February 2008).

  • Engineering Dynamics. 20 interactive lectures in dynamics for Monash University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed February 2006), being a fully re-designed version of the original Engineering Mechanics software produced in 1998 (see below).

  • Market Distortions and International Trade Policy. An interactive CD-ROM for use by teachers of international trade theory in undergraduate economics. Produced for the Department of Economics, Monash University, this software produces dynamic representations of preferences, technology and economic behaviour by using explicit mathematical methods to drive the animations and yield tabulated numerical results (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed June 2004).

  • Virtual Circuit Builder. An interactive CD-ROM providing structured learning experiences in the construction of circuits to support a course entitled "Electronics and Instrumentation in Chemistry" for the Department of Chemistry, Monash University. The application is extensible by the client to support the introduction of new circuits at runtime (Developers: Hugh Kelly and Brian Chapman. Completed April 2002).

  • Aural Tests. Six interactive CD-ROMs presenting with permission of the Australian Music Examinations Board the AMEB graded exercises from Preliminary to Licentiate for Tonart Productions (Author, Designer and Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed November 2001).


These CD-ROMs presents the tests exactly as in the examinations, requiring the user to record his or her voice or hand-clapping, or to answer questions interactively. All exercises also allow the user to compare his or her answer with the correct answer either sequentially or synchronously. The entire AMEB Syllabus from Preliminary to Licentiate is divided into six titles as follows:

- Preliminary and First Grade
- Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Fourth Grade
- Fifth Grade
- Sixth Grade to Licentiate
- (including Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade and Associate)

  • Tools for Science. A web-based application for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Monash University (Developers: Hugh Kelly and Brian Chapman. Completed September 2001).

This application presents text, images and interactive simulations pertaining to the following topic:

- About science and its ways of knowing
- The validation process
- Measurement, significance and uncertainty
- Summarising simple data
- Experimental design
- Sample surveys
- The normal distribution
- Modelling data
- Mathematical modelling.

  • Acid-Base Balance Tutorial. This CD-ROM produced for Monash University's Department of Physiology has an instructional design based on the use of a Work Book with structured interactive tasks linked to the academic content of each tutorial page (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed March 2001).

This CD-ROM covers 12 topics as follows:

Part 1: Revision of basic concepts
--1.1 Definition of pH
--1.2 Acids and bases
--1.3 The Henderson-Hasselbach equation
--1.4 pH buffers
--1.5 Buffering capacity

Part 2: Acid-base homeostasis in the body
--2.1 Severe acidosis and alkalosis are life-threatening
------
conditions
--2.2 Non-carbonate buffers
--2.3 The carbonate buffering system
--2.4 Interaction between carbonate buffers and pH control
------
systems
--2.5 Compensation for respiratory acidosis
--2.6 pH homeostasis depends on the interaction of three
------
systems
--2.7 Other disturbances in acid-base balance

  • Syllabuses of the Australian Music Examinations Board, Pianoforte Series 14, Second Grade, combined CD-Audio/CD-ROM including prescribed works, technical work, general knowledge and aural tests for Tonart Productions (Author, Designer and Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed September 2000).

  • Cleaner Production, a multimedia CD-ROM using voice-over combined with the QED style of text presentation, being courseware for a Master's degree prepared for the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed June 2000).

This CD-ROM comprises 13 lectures and 3 case studies as follows:

--- Cleaner production: basic concepts and scope
--- Waste identification and minimisation in reactor
------systems
--- Waste identification and minimisation in utility systems
--- Waste identification and minimisation in separation
------processes
--- Emissions not evident from process flowsheets
--- Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
--- LCA steps further explained
--- Review of LCA: Some difficulties, uncertainties and
------conclusions
--- Case study 1: Hydrotreating
--- Case study 2: Life cycle inventory data for utilities
--- Materials recycling
--- Legislative framework for cleaner production
--- Economic aspects of cleaner production
--- Case study 3: Replacement of old process plants
--- Environmental management systems
--- Industrial ecology

  • Syllabus of the Australian Music Examinations Board, Pianoforte Series 13 First Grade and Second Grade, combined CD-Audio/CD-ROMs including prescribed works, technical work, general knowledge and aural tests for Tonart Productions (Author, Designer and Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed May 2000).

  • ENG1603 Engineering Systems, an interactive CD-ROM for 1st-year students in Monash University's Faculty of Engineering, containing simulations of virtual experiments that illustrate the main classifications of mathematical equations used to describe engineering systems (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed March 2000).

This CD-ROM comprises 4 main sections as follows:

--
- Introduction
--- Engineering applications of ordinary differential
------equations

--- Partial differentiation

--- Matrices and linear systems of equations

  • Physics Concepts and Simulations: Part A - Foundations
    (ISBN 0 7326 2062 7), 10 modules containing structured virtual experiments, dynamic visualisations and interactive tasks for Monash University's Department of Physics (Developers: Brian Chapman and Hugh Kelly. Completed March 2000).

This CD-ROM comprises 10 modules as follows:

--- Motion
--- Forces and Newton's Laws

--- Energy and momentum
--- Electricity and DC circuits
--- Electrical measurements using an oscilloscope
--- Magnetism
--- Waves 1: Interference effects
--- Waves 2: Refraction and diffraction
--- Energy levels in atoms
--- Uncertainties

  • Physics Concepts and Simulations: Part C - Electrostatics, Magnetism and Modern Physics (ISBN 0 7326 2061 9), 12 modules containing structured virtual experiments, dynamic visualisations and interactive tasks for Monash University's Department of Physics (Developers: Brian Chapman, Phillip Tran and Hugh Kelly. Completed September 1999).

This CD-ROM comprises 12 modules as follows:

--- Electric fields and forces
--- Gauss's law

--- Electric potential
--- Capacitors and dielectrics
--- Forces on moving charge in a magnetic field
--- The Biot Savart law
--- Ampère's law
--- Induced emf in a loop moving in a magnetic field
--- Coils, magnetic fields and Faraday's law
--- Photons and the photoelectric effect
--- Particles as waves
--- Energy levels and quantum states

  • Distributed Circuit Simulation, a virtual experiment with interactive control of 7 adjustable parameters for study of pulse propagation and reflection in distributed circuits for RMIT University's Department of Communication and Electronic Engineering (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed July 1999).

  • Monash Mt Eliza Business School: a unique management development opportunity, promotional multimedia CD-ROM for the Monash Mt Eliza Business School (Designer and Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed May 1999).

  • What management is really about, comprising video clips of different facets of modern management presented by leading management experts at the Monash Mt Eliza Business School, and linked into a dynamic multimedia presentation interface (Designer and Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed March 1999).

  • Engineering Mechanics, 20 interactive lectures in dynamics for Monash University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (Developers: Anthony Fernando, Hugh Kelly, Phillip Tran and Brian Chapman. Completed March 1998, revised March 1999). This software was awarded the 1999 Motorola Award for Innovation in Engineering Education by the Australian Association for Engineering Education.

This CD-ROM comprises 20 interactive lectures as follows:

--- Introduction to mechanics
--- Vector mechanics

--- Rigid body rotation
--- Elasticity and springs
--- Damping
--- Free vibrations
--- Undamped forced vibrations
--- Damped forced vibrations
--- Introduction to mechanisms
--- Velocity analysis I
--- Velocity analysis II
--- Acceleration analysis I
--- Acceleration analysis II
--- Mechanism: synthesis
--- Gears: an introduction
--- Gear trains
--- Epicyclic gear trains
--- Gearing applications
--- Belt drives
--- Traction lift

  • Physics Concepts and Simulations: Part B - Mechanics, Oscillations and Waves (ISBN 0 7326 2060 0), 12 modules containing structured virtual experiments, dynamic visualisations and interactive tasks for Monash University's Department of Physics (Developers: Brian Chapman and Hugh Kelly. Completed March 1999).

This CD-ROM comprises 12 modules as follows:

--- Friction and force problems
--- Circular motion

--- Energy
--- Linear momentum
--- Rotational motion
--- Angular momentum
--- Fluids
--- Simple harmonic motion
--- Damped and forced oscillations
--- Waves transmit energy
--- The Doppler effect
--- Thin film interference

  • Financial Management, an activity-based CD-ROM for the Monash Mt Eliza Business School (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed January 1999).

This CD-ROM comprises 17 chapters as follows:

1 Management Accounting
--- The management accountant

--- Strategic planning
--- Budgeting
--- Costing 1: full costing
--- Costing 2: marginal costing
--- Costing 3: pricing and product mix decisions
--- Costing 4: activity-based costing
--- Investment appraisal
--- Budgetary control

2 Financial Accounting
--- Financial accounting: the business model
--- Measuring profit
--- The balance sheet
--- Cash flow
--- Interpreting financial statements:
---------- measuring business performance
--- Interpreting financial statements:
---------- managerial performance measures
--- Financial institutions and the stock exchange
--- Stock exchange performance measures

  • An Introduction to Chemical Engineering, interactive lectures for Monash University's Department of Chemical Engineering (Developer: Brian Chapman. Completed September 1998).

This CD-ROM comprises 7 main sections as follows:

--
- Introduction
--- Waste in the linear economy
--- Mass balances without chemical reaction
--- Methane-to-methanol process
--- Mass balances with chemical reaction
--- Energy balance with steady flow
--- Heat transfer and heat exchangers

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