MATH11247 - Foundation Mathematics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Foundation Mathematics is designed to provide you with foundation concepts, rules and methods of elementary mathematics. The main aim of this unit is to provide the foundations of mathematics, which are necessary to develop a unified body of knowledge. You will apply number and algebra concepts to solve problems. You will select appropriate mathematical methods to investigate and solve problems, and interpret the results. Mathematics will be used as a language to communicate results, concepts and ideas in context. You will document solutions to problems in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical and precise approach.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Examination 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.95% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.92% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Ensure students are using the most up to date learning materials.
Update the unit to use the recently released edition of the prescribed unit textbook.
Action Taken
The unit materials and prescribed textbook have been updated to the latest version.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Students need to maintain an ethical practice in assignment preparation.
Continue to reinforce to students the need for ethical practice in all aspects of study and embed several short academic integrity scenarios in the assignment specifications to demonstrate appropriate behaviours.
Action Taken
Short case studies of ethical practice have been embedded in the workbook assessment.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
There is a high student satisfaction with the unit content, approach and level of support offered.
Continue to foster the current learning and teaching environment.
Action Taken
The approach to learning and teaching has been maintained.
Source: 2022 Engineering Curriculum Review
For consistency across first year engineering mathematics units, the final examination will changed to restricted open book.
Update the final examination to restricted format with students permitted to take in their workbooks developed during the term.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator's observation
Students who consistently followed the weekly activities progressed well.
Continue to offer a positive, supported learning experience.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply number and algebra concepts to solve problems
  2. Use appropriate mathematical methods to investigate and solve problems including interpreting the results
  3. Use mathematics as a language to communicate results, concepts and ideas in context
  4. Document the solutions to problems in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical and precise approach.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 2N)
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1N 2N)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 3N 4N)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1N 2N)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 3N 4N)
Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10