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TPP7180 Preparatory Mathematics

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Abdurazaq Amar


All students entering tertiary study require an opportunity to master and hence be confident with basic mathematics embedded within their discipline studies. Students undertaking undergraduate degrees that do not specifically recommend mathematics, for example Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication and Media, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Human Services, should be able to interpret the mathematics that they encounter in a wide range of media. This course therefore focuses on building the mathematical literacy of students intending to enrol in such degrees. It also provides foundational material for further studies in the pre-tertiary courses in mathematics.

Using concepts of self-paced instruction and adult learning the course guides students through a carefully sequenced series of topics that develop the mathematical literacy necessary for study in those undergraduate degrees that do not specifically require mathematics. Each module in the course uses applications of mathematical literacy to develop foundational mathematical content. The self-paced structure allows students to work at their own pace within a specified framework, thus developing their confidence with mathematics, mathematical communication and general problem solving skills.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts essential for tertiary study and further pre-tertiary study as detailed below;
  2. Interpret and solve a range of problems involving relevant mathematical concepts;
  3. Demonstrate the skills and understanding necessary to extend mathematical knowledge into everyday life and other studies;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies used in the study of mathematics;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to manage their learning of mathematics;
  6. Effectively interpret and communicate mathematics within a range of contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Learning Mathematics 4.00
2. Interpreting whole numbers 16.00
3. Understanding rational numbers 20.00
4. Working with measurement 20.00
5. Communicating mathematically 20.00
6. Interpreting statistics 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 5 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 15 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 2,3,4
Date printed 10 February 2023