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 learn algebraic fundamentals and equation solving. Exponents and logarithms will be introduced together with linear systems, quadratic functions and graphs. You will also study introductory trigonometry, geometry and ratios. You will use mathematics foundation concepts to solve problems.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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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%

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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: Student unit evaluation.
Overall there is a high student satisfaction with the unit content, approach and coverage.
Continue to foster the current learning and teaching environment.
Action Taken
The teaching and learning approach has been maintained.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection.
Enrolment had a low uptake by first-year engineering students who would benefit from foundation mathematics studies to better prepare for success in their first year engineering mathematics studies.
Continue to further promote the MATH11247 unit to first-year engineering students.
Action Taken
From 2020 all students enrolled in CG21 Bachelor of Engineering Technology, CC32 Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) and CC31 Bachelor of Engineering will undertake MATH11247 as the starting unit for their engineering mathematics studies.
Source: Unit evaluation
Students were pleased with the delivery approach, quality of learning materials and level of support offered in the unit. Students appreciated the improvements they were able to make in their fundamental mathematics skills.
Continue to offer a positive learning experience.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Provide additional learning materials to support student learning.
Link the key unit topics to further instructional videos.
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. Analyse and solve problems using trigonometry
  3. Develop solutions to problems through application of area and volume equations
  4. Formulate and apply mathematical functions and graphs in solving equations
  5. Select appropriate mathematical methods, use them to investigate and solve problems, and interpret the results
  6. Use mathematics as a language to communicate results, concepts and ideas in context
  7. Document the solutions to problems in a way that demonstrates a clear, logical and precise approach.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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