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MA0020 - Preparatory Mathematics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Division of Tropical Environments & Societies

Study Period 10 offering commences 23/11/2020 and finishes 18/12/2020

Basic arithmetic and algebra skills with applications including fractions. Functions, including linear and quadratic with graph sketching. Trigonometry. Simultaneous equations, introduction to logarithms and exponential functions. Introduction to calculus with applications: graphical interpretation and simple rules.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate fundamental mathematical skills to solve introductory mathematical problems using techniques of arithmetic, algebra, functions and graphs, trigonometry and differential calculus;
  • apply standard mathematical laws, definitions and procedures involving: precedence, expansion and factorisation, indices, exponentials and logarithms, graph sketching, trigonometry and differentiation;
  • apply logical thinking to problem-solve in a mathematical context by forming, manipulating and solving equations and formulae;
  • demonstrate skills in writing mathematics.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (40%)
  • Online Quizzes - (10%).


Study Period 10, External
Census Date 10-Dec-2020
Coordinator: Mrs Carolyn Diedricks, Mr Patrick Higgins
Lecturer: Mr Andrew Higgins.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours - Online workshops (15 - 30 hours)
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.