MATH40228 - Intermediate Mathematics for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Intermediate Mathematics for University is designed to follow on from a study of introductory mathematical concepts, such as Fundamental Mathematics for University, preparing you for Technical Mathematics for University and/or undergraduate courses requiring an intermediate level of mathematics. You will complete core and elective modules, chosen according to your future study plans, including simultaneous equations; inequalities and absolute values; quadratic equations; logarithms; functions; geometry; trigonometry; variation, ratio, and proportion; sequences and series; statistics and standard deviation; probability; financial mathematics; and annuities.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

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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 Non-award 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 50%
2. Take Home Exam 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.77% 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 feedback
Issues with level of explanation of some topics and interference from background noises in selected videos
Continue to enhance the quality of recordings and depth of explanations in the videos.
Action Taken
Videos have been re-recorded to improve quality of delivery.
Source: Student feedback
Need to provide additional resources to assist with calculator use in modules where specialised functions and formulae are involved
Record additional videos to explain calculator use.
Action Taken
Additional videos are being recorded to target complex calculations where calculator use is expected.
Source: Staff feedback and unit evaluation
Positive feedback on the inclusion of a review problem in the weekly module tests and the space to give feedback on learning issues
Continue with the practice of including such questions to assist with retention of concepts and space for student reflection and feedback.
Action Taken
As module review tests now cover the content from two modules, it is now not feasible to include a question from a previous module in the work expected of students in tests. Space for feedback from students is still available.
Source: Student comment
The notes made on assessments were clear and easy to follow for correction also.
Maintain the level of feedback to students on module review tests.
Action Taken
Source: Student and staff comments
Extend some of the module example videos a little; they occasionally felt rushed, but were mostly well paced.
Maintain use of the video resources but enhance their quality and number to assist with difficult concepts.
Action Taken
Source: Staff comment
The length of time available for the Take Home Examination and the size of the exam document have presented issues for students and staff.
Seek ways to reduce the number of upload issues associated with offering the Take Home Examination.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use available resources to select and apply appropriate intermediate bridging mathematics techniques to correctly solve problems
  2. Adopt mathematics as a language to logically communicate solutions
  3. Reflect on assessment feedback to improve mathematical comprehension
  4. Implement appropriate revision techniques and strategies to improve the retention and recall of content
  5. Recall, select and apply appropriate intermediate bridging mathematics procedures to correctly solve problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical Practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam