Introductory Mathematics

Course code EPMATH303Units 20English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

This course is an introductory mathematics course which will cover basic skills in numeracy, algebra, linear function, graphing, probability and statistics. The course aims to provide a sound foundation in basic mathematical skills and an introduction to their application to problem solving.

Recommended for degrees in Primary Teaching, Nursing, Midwifery, Construction Management, Teaching (Secondary)/Technology, Teaching (Secondary)/Health & PE, Design (Architecture) and Social Work.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives* Students will be proficient in their understanding of appropriate mathematical techniques when commencing undergraduate study.

* Students will display competency, working individually and in groups.

*Students will have acquired critical reasoning and problem solving skills in order to solve mathematical problems.
ContentEPMATH303 may include the following topics:
1. Numeracy: order of operation, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, rates, directed numbers, scientific notation, scientific calculator.
2. Algebra: simplification, evaluation, expansion, factorization, solving linear equations, solving linear inequations, using formulae, interpreting and solving word problems, rules of indices.
3. Graphing linear relationships: the number plane, the line y = mx + b, gradient, y-intercept, line of best fit, application to other variables with linear relationships.
4. Probability: simple probability, experimental probability, Venn diagrams, contingency tables, tree diagrams and tables
5. Statistics: frequency distribution tables and graphs, sigma notation, measures of central tendency (mean, mode, median), measures of dispersion (range, standard deviation and variance), the normal curve.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass Tests - total 50%.
Examination: FormalFinal examination in the University examination period, 50% Assesses proficiency in this course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPMATH303