MATH40237 - Fundamental Mathematics for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Fundamental Mathematics for University is designed to provide students with foundation concepts, rules and methods of elementary mathematics. The main aim of this unit is to provide the fundamentals of mathematics, which are necessary to develop a unified body of knowledge. Topics covered in the unit include operations, percentages, introductory algebra, simple equation solving, exponents, linear equations, introductory statistics, and units and conversions.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
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 - 2019

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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 0%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.59% 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 and teaching staff feedback
Positive comments on the module tests. Many distance students made comment on how these tests assisted their learning.
Continue with the End of Module Tests in their current form.
Action Taken
The End of Module Tests were assessed as not needing further improvements and have continued to be offered in their current form.
Source: Unit evaluation
Video resources were favourably commented on by distance students.
Continue to develop and upgrade video resources.
Action Taken
The FMU video resources have continued to be upgraded as required.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Positive student comments regarding the content of the Moodle site and the ease with which this site can be navigated.
Continue with the current structure of the unit content on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation Student and Teaching Staff feedback
Positive comments on the Module Tests.
Continue to fine tune the three new versions of the Module Tests.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation Student & Teaching Staff feedback
A number of errors in the textbook have been identified.
Correct the minor errors identified in the current edition of the textbook.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recall fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques such as operations, percentages, introductory algebra, simple equation solving, exponents, linear equations, introductory statistics and units and conversions.
  2. Apply appropriate mathematical techniques.
  3. Develop solutions to applied mathematical problems.
  4. Reflect on formative assessment to improve mathematical comprehension.
  5. Analyse information using mathematical techniques.
  6. Communicate mathematical solutions.

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