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MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Harry Butler
Moderator: Linda Galligan

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Current skills at the level of Queensland Senior Secondary School Studies Mathematics B or equivalent. This course is equivalent to MAT1500. Students cannot enroll in MAT1100 if they have successfully completed MAT1500.


Students entering tertiary studies in science and other disciplines require mathematical skills in a wide range of areas, and experience in applying these skills to problem solving in a range of contexts. Assuming that students have basic competencies, this course further explores and develops skills relating to a range of mathematical concepts that are needed in tertiary programs in science. It establishes strong mathematical foundations for computation and modelling. Mathematical applications are explored within a range of contexts.


Assuming current skills at the level of Queensland Senior Secondary School Studies Mathematics B, this course strengthens and further develops algebra, functions, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and graphing competencies, and introduces matrices, vectors and calculus. Emphasis is placed on developing strong foundation mathematical skills in these areas for use in tertiary studies, and on exploring and applying these skills to a range of contexts.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of a number of mathematical topics that are essential for tertiary studies in science, engineering, surveying and business;
  2. interpret and solve a range of authentic problems involving mathematical concepts relevant to this course;
  3. effectively communicate the mathematical concepts and arguments contained in this course.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mathematical writing, communication and study. 10.00
2. Number calculation, scientific notation and rounding. Basic geometry. Algebra, including factorizing, solving equations and inequalities. Function concepts, linear, quadratic, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Inverses, compositions and asymptotes, and applications to engineering contexts. 30.00
3. Trigonometric functions and identities, inverse trigonometric functions, and their applications to engineering contexts; 20.00
4. Vectors, scalars and scalar product, basic concepts and applications 10.00
5. Matrices, matrix multiplication, the inverse and determinant of a 2x2 matrix, and applications. 10.00
6. Calculus: the concept of gradient and differentiation, differentiation of simple functions, optimization; and applications to engineering and science. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Study Book 2013, Course MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics.
    (Available on the StudyDesk in Electronic Form or can be printed on request by the USQ Bookshop.)
  • A scientific calculator.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Allyn J. Washington 2010, Basic Technical Mathematics with Calculus, 9th edn, Pearson.
  • Texts that are titled College Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Calculus will be helpful.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 91.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 42 5 04 Aug 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 15 08 Sep 2014
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 15 20 Oct 2014
CMAs 100 0 31 Oct 2014 (see note 1)
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 100 65 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. CMAs are a formative part of your assessment. They are not compulsory, and do not count towards your overall grade.
  2. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to Examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the assignment. To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the examination.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (ie. no graphics or programmable calculators); One A4 sheet, written or typed on one or both sides with any material the student wishes to have. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and web access to UConnect for this course.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner. The Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.