MATHS168-18A (HAM)

Preparatory Mathematics

15 Points

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Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Paper Description

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This paper is an intensive ‘catch-up’ paper in basic algebraic concepts with a brief introduction to calculus and statistics. It is intended for those students who wish to improve their basic mathematical skills, either as a background for other subjects, or prior to enrolling in MATH165, MATH166 (BBA students), STAT111, or STAT121 in a subsequent semester or year.

NOTE: If you are studying MATH168 as preparation for any higher-level Mathematics paper you will need to aim for at least a B- grade.

This paper attempts to cover the minimum background skills needed for such papers. These include all algebra skills from Year 9 to Year 12 Mathematics.

It is an applications paper and stresses use of mathematics in a ‘real-world’ context.

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Paper Structure

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Office hours will be displayed on Lecturer's office door (G.3.08).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • understand the TOPICS in the Syllabus Guide below.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The paper consists of SIX modules, each of which will take two weeks. The content of each module is given in the "Topics" section of this paper outline.

Near the front of the Workbook are lists of the recommended work for each module. This recommended work consists of problems from the Workbook itself. The problems from the list for each particular module will be set as assigned work to be completed by Friday of the second week of the module.

Write your answers to the assigned work in PEN (not pencil - this will not be marked) in the Workbook itself. This assigned work must be completed and signed off - only at MATH HELP sessions in G.B.13 by the FRIDAY 2pm deadline (Friday deadline dates shown in the front of the Workbook) but the EARLIER THE BETTER!

LATE Workbooks will NOT be recognised.

The total of the SIX Workbook assignments will count for a total of 10% of your internal assessment mark.

There will be SIX tests held fortnightly on Fridays during class time from 2.10pm - 3.40pm in L.G.01 on the following dates:

Fridays: 9 March, 23 March, 6 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June.

The total of all SIX tests will determine the other 40% of your internal assessment mark and will test material covered in the six modules.

Please ensure you have your ID card with you at all the tests.

IMPORTANT: Calculators will be required (any basic scientific calculator, but NO graphics or more advanced calculators). You are strongly advised to purchase a suitable calculator at the beginning of the paper so that you have time to become familiar with it.

Suggested Calculator: “Casio” FX82 … - available from most stationery shops.

Graphics or more advanced calculators will NOT be permitted in Tests OR the Final Examination.

Your final overall mark will consist of 50% Internal assessment plus 50% Final exam. Regardless of this you must score at least 40% in the Final exam to gain a clear pass of C- or higher in the paper.

There will be a Final Exam scheduled by the Assessment and Graduation Office at the end of A semester. Failure to complete the Final Examination will result in an IC grade for the paper.

Restricted pass (RP) will NOT be accepted as a pre-requisite for entry into higher-level Mathematics papers.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 6x Sets of exercises to be done in the Workbook
2. Tests x6
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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THE COMPULSORY WORKBOOK is “Preparatory Mathematics - 2018 version” by Robert Lakeland & Carl Nugent.

The Workbook (Mauve cover) has been produced specifically for this paper and can only be purchased from the Department of Maths & Stats Reception (G.3.19) at a cost of $50.00 CASH ONLY - NO EFTPOS.

As this is a Workbook and we will be assessing what you write in it, any earlier versions of this book will not be accepted.

NOTE: This workbook has been UPDATED from previous versions.

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Online Support

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All information relating to this paper including your current internal assessment marks will be posted on MOODLE – please check frequently for any updates.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check that your marks are entered correctly.

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Ten hours per week.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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RESTRICTION - This paper may not be taken concurrently with, or after a pass in, any 100 level Mathematics or Statistics paper.


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Restricted papers: MATH168

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