Introductory Mathematics


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Students will be proficient in their understanding of appropriate mathematical techniques when commencing undergraduate study.

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

3. Students will have acquired critical reasoning and problem solving skills in order to solve mathematical problems.


EPMATH303 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.


To enrol in this course students must be active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program. You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPMATH302, or EPMATH309, or EPMATH134, or EPMATH234.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: In-Class Quizzes

In Term Test: In-Class Test

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks