Not currently offered
Course code



20 units



Course handbook


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.




      Learning outcomes

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

      1. Outline and apply the appropriate mathematical techniques required for undergraduate study

      2. Perform effectively and competently as an individual and in a group.

      3. Use 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.


      You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPMATH134, EPMATH135, EPMATH153, EPMATH234, EPMATH235, EPMATH253, EPMATH302, or EPMATH309. This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation or the Yapug Programs [10719], [10720], [10919], [11015], [11016], [11195], [40216].

      Assessment items

      Formal Examination: Formal Examination

      Quiz: Tutorial/Workshop Quizzes

      In Term Test: In-Class Test

      Contact hours

      Callaghan and Ourimbah


      Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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


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

      The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.