MATHS168-20B (HAM)

Preparatory Mathematics

15 Points

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School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
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 MATHS165, MATHS166 (BBA students), STATS111, or STATS121 in a subsequent semester or year.

NOTE: If you are studying MATHS168 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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Contact Hours: Three lectures per two weeks, one optional tutorial per week.

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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 final grade will consist of SIXS Workbook assignments (worth a total of 20%) and SIX Tests (worth a total of 80%).

  • Workbook assignments:

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. Write your answers to the assigned work in PEN (not pencil - this will not be marked) in the Workbook itself.

Workbook assignments need to be submitted through Moodle every second Friday before 11:59 pm. Submission instruction will be given.

LATE Workbooks will NOT be recognised.

  • Tests:

There will be Six tests held fortnightly, on the following dates:

TestsDateTimeSubmission Method
Test 1 (Module 1)Friday, 24 JulyTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle
Test 2 (Module 2)Friday, 7 AugustTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle
Test 3 (Module 3)Friday, 21 AugustTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle
Test 4 (Module 4)Friday, 18 SeptemberTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle
Test 5 (Module 5)Friday, 2 OctoberTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle
Test 6 (Module 6)Friday, 16 OctoberTBAOnline: Submit through Moodle

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.

Your final overall mark will consist of 80% tests plus 20% assignments.

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 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 6x Sets of assigned exercises to be completed in the Workbook
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Tests x6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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 - 2020 version” by Robert Lakeland & Carl Nugent.

The Workbook (ORANGE cover) has been produced specifically for this paper and can only be purchased from the Department of Mathematics Reception Office (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.

If you are repeating this paper you will need to purchase the new B semester workbook - your old workbook will not be acknowledged.

We only accept your workbook assignment if you bought the workbook.

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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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