The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course prepares students for the commencement of undergraduate study in those courses that require a sound knowledge of mathematical principles. The depth and content of the course is similar to HSC 2 unit Mathematics. The course covers number systems, basic algebra, simultaneous and quadratic equations, functions and graphs, sequences and series. The course aims to develop the algebraic and graphical skills necessary for calculus.

Recommended for degrees in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Surveying and Biotechnology.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. An understanding of different number systems and how they are used within various scientific disciplines.

2. The ability to apply algebraic skills for the solution of real world problems.

3. The ability to apply graphical skills for the solution of real world problems.

4. The ability to communicate mathematics, orally and in writing.

5. An understanding and correct use of mathematical notation.

6. The formulation of real-world problems in the language of mathematics, and the ability to solve them.


The course covers:

  • number systems: natural numbers, rationals, intergers, surds and real numbers.
  • basic algebra: expanding, factoring, simplifying, solving equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations.
  • curve sketching lines, circles, parabolas, hyperbolae, ellipses, polynomials, rational functions.
  • sequences and series: arithmetic and geometric progressions.


To enrol in this course you 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 EPMATH134 or EPMATH135.

Assessment items

Essay: Minor Essay

Written Assignment: Weekly Assignments

Quiz: Weekly Quizzes

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



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


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



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Via Blackboard Collaborate


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Face2Face Day x 2