The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


EPMATH126 Fundamental Mathematics is a non-calculator introductory mathematics course which covers mathematical skills relevant to degrees requiring a basic level of mathematical knowledge and ability. The learning outcomes include an understanding of and competence in the skills of numeracy, arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, equation solving and units of measurement.

Recommended for degrees in Teaching (Primary/Early Childhood/Technology), Nursing, Midwifery, Business, Commerce, Social Science, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Construction Management, Exercise and Sport Science, and Design (Architecture).



  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a sound knowledge and an understanding of numbers and arithmetic.

2. Develop competence in the skills of basic arithmetic without the use of a calculator.

3. Develop an understanding of the concepts of mathematics relevant to degrees requiring a basic level of mathematical ability.


The course covers:

  1. Brief history of numeration, place value and arithmetic.
  2. Order of operations, directed numbers, fractions, decimals, percentage calculations.
  3. Basic algebra: simplification, expansion, substitution.
  4. Solution of equations: basics, word problems, simultaneous equations.
  5. Scientific notation, units of measurement, prefixes, unit conversions.


You can only enrol in this course if you are active in the Newstep Program. If you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPMATH124 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Weekly Quizzes

In Term Test: Midsemester

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks