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DIP1004 Mathematical Literacy

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Mathematical Literacy
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 010199 - Mathematical Sciences not else
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicolas Jourdan

Other Requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at Students should have access to a scanner.


There is a need for introductory studies to prepare students for the demands of both higher education and the professional workplace. Competent numeracy, literacy and e-literacy skills are all required, as is an ability to effectively manage the complex life/work balance. Consequently, students entering higher education require an opportunity to practise, refine, and master essential mathematical skills as prerequisites for successful study and subsequent professional workplace tasks and responsibilities. This course will provide students with basic mathematical competencies for higher education studies and professional workplaces. Central to this course is the concept that students should be able to take control and manage their own learning associated with mathematical skills and knowledge, and develop problem solving strategies that will enable them to adjust to the rapidity of change within the 21st century as it applies to university study and the professional workplace.


Using concepts of self-paced instruction the course will guide students through a carefully sequenced series of topics which will provide the foundation for the mathematics that will be encountered in higher education studies especially in creative arts and the humanities. It will provide essential basic competency in the mathematics used in modern professional workplaces. This course allows students to develop confidence with mathematics and general problem solving and study skills. Embedded within the course content will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning. This will incorporate ideas, concepts and theories including academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


On successful completion of this course students should have:

  1. Demonstrated an understanding of a number of mathematical topics essential for tertiary study detailed below
  2. Demonstrated the skills necessary to extend mathematical knowledge beyond everyday life and into further studies
  3. Demonstrated the skills necessary to interpret and solve a range of problems involving mathematical concepts
  4. Demonstrated the skills necessary to communicate effectively solutions to a range of problems


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing Mathematics 1.00
2. Working with whole numbers 10.00
3. Fractions, decimals and comparisons 20.00
4. Further maths skills 14.00
5. Representing relationships 15.00
6. Dealing with data 15.00
7. Mathematical literacy 25.00

Text and Materials

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. (

All required materials for this course will be provided by the Open Access College. All study materials are supplied as part of the course. Students will need to acquire 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.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 15.00
Directed Study 112.00
Private Study 38.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 5 23 Nov 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 15 07 Dec 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 30 10 21 Dec 2021
ASSIGNMENT 4 30 20 11 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT 5 40 20 25 Jan 2022
ONLINE EXAM 30 30 End S3

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after 2021:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, 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.

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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 marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after 2021:
    Restricted Examination. In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are writing materials; calculators (including graphics calculators);1 A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (written on both sides). Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked nonelectric translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Those students enrolled in the Diploma of Business Foundations are required to complete the module Mathematics for Business.

  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 Course Examiner.

  3. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course. See the ICT standards at Access to a scanner for assignment submission is required

  4. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Course Team Leader.

  5. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply in writing to the Examiner to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete Both Deferred Examination and Make-up); or RN (Result Not Known).

Date printed 11 February 2022