Not currently offered
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


This course is an intermediate level mathematics course which covers the introductory concepts as in, EPMATH134 Introductory Mathematics: Basics, as well as further skills in algebra and functions and further practice in problem solving. The course content includes skills in numeracy, algebra, linear and non-linear functions, graphing, exponential and logarithmic theory. The course aims to provide a sound foundation in a wide range of basic mathematical skills and in their application to problem solving.

Recommended for degrees in Business, Commerce, Information Technology and the Sciences, including degrees in Health Science, Social Science and Behavioural Science.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain and apply number theory, algebra, functions, graphing and exponential and logarithmic theory.

2. Solve mathematical problems using critical reasoning and problem solving skills.



  1. Algebra: laws, substitution, negative numbers, order of operations, simplification, expanding brackets, factorisation, fractions, indices.
  2. Equations: basic, with fractions, with powers/roots, word problems, formulas, simultaneous equations, word problems, rate problems.
  3. Exponentials and Logarithms: exponential and logarithmic notation, solution of exponential equations using logarithms. Applications to real world problems.
  4. Linear Functions: equation of a straight line, graphing linear functions, intersection of lines, line of best fit, application to real world problems.
  5. Non-linear functions: graphs of non-linear functions, quadratic, cubic, reciprocal, exponential, logarithmic, mathematical modelling.


You can only enrol in this course if you are 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 EPMATH134, EPMATH153, EPMATH302, EPMATH303 or EPMATH309.

Assumed knowledge

Advanced or Intermediate Level School Certificate Mathematics or equivalent.

Students who have not studied mathematics for some time may benefit from taking a Mathematics Bridging course before enrolling in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

In Term Test: Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Exam

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