Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the different number systems and how they are used within various scientific disciplines

2. Use algebraic skills to solve real world problems

3. Use graphical skills to solve real world problems

4. Communicate mathematics in oral and written forms

5. Determine the correct use of mathematical notation

6. Formulate and solve real world problems in the language of mathematics


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.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPMATH124, EPMATH134, EPMATH135, EPMATH302, EPMATH303 or EPMATH309.

To enrol in this course you must be active in one of the programs:

Open Foundation [10719]

Open Foundation - Online [10720]

Newstep (OUR) [10885]

Open Foundation [CC] [10919]

Open Foundation (Intens) [CC] [11015]

Open Foundation (Intensive) [11016]

Yapug [11195]

Open Foundation [40216]

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

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