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CST7001 Mathematics for Living

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Bill McCann
Moderator: John Williams-Mozley


Students entering tertiary study require an opportunity to master and become confident with mathematics. This course will attempt to provide students with mathematical competencies and improve capabilities for tertiary studies within a broad spectrum of undergraduate degrees. Hence, the course will equip students with a broad mathematical background to assist with further tertiary studies.


Using concepts of self-paced instruction, the course aims to give the student a carefully sequenced series of topics, which will provide the foundation for mathematics that will be encountered in tertiary studies detailed above. The self-paced structure allows students to work at their own pace developing confidence with effective and efficient mathematical problem solving skills. In addition, content of selective modules is a culturally relevant way to represent and portray an Indigenous perspective of how mathematical forms are used within their communities, families, language, culture and traditional practices. Hence, Indigenous students will feel comfortable and will relate to the appropriate use of mathematical language and understanding of mathematical processes and concepts from an Indigenous and non-Indigenous view. As a result, this will ensure that students become successful and maintain interest within the arena of mathematics.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. combine knowledge of place value with formal notation to represent order and manipulate numbers, decimals and fractions of any size and use scientific notation;
  2. apply Base 10 understanding with metric prefixes and manipulate relationships to solve problems dealing with measurement;
  3. interpret, solve and communicate a range of problems involving mathematical concepts such as indices, ratios and percentages;
  4. apply mathematical knowledge to everyday personal finances such as sales, loans, income, taxation, and budgeting;
  5. display data to show frequency and spread and interpret and critique data, making adjustments and inferences where appropriate.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mathematics: Indigenous and non-Indigenous: Past and Present 10.00
2. Managing Mathematics 18.00
3. Comparing Numbers 18.00
4. Introduction to Personal Finance 18.00
5. Measurement: Application in Everyday Life 18.00
6. Dealing with Data - Statistics in Our Life 18.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • This text is available for purchase from the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 45.00
Private Study 75.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 10 05 Aug 2011
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 16 26 Aug 2011
ASSIGNMENT 3 48 16 23 Sep 2011
1.5 HOUR EXAMINATION 60 35 10 Oct 2011 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 4 40 23 28 Oct 2011

  1. Res School 2. Students will be advised of the examination date after Residential School timetable has been finalised

Assessment notes

  1. Attendance at all scheduled Residential Schools: a) attendance at all scheduled Residential Schools is compulsory in order to meet course objectives; b) it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them at Residential Schools or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration; and c) If students are employed they will need to notify their employer of the Residential School dates and arrange for study leave.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  4. Unsatisfactory levels of achievement a) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement may be granted an additional opportunity to make up for the unsatisfactory result. b) Students who have been granted an additional opportunity may, at the discretion of the examiner be invited to undertake a Supplementary Examination or equivalent additional work as deemed appropriate by the examiner c) Students who have been granted an additional opportunity shall only be assigned a passing grade (C) or a failing grade (F) for this course. d) An additional opportunity will only be awarded when, at the discretion of the Examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course by a date determined by the examiner of this course.

  5. The Examination in this course is restricted a) In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); a help sheet, one doubled-sided sheet of A4 paper which may include formulas, examples, etc.

  6. Assignments The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner; b. students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner; c. in accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health or documented personal cultural circumstances. d. If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the Examiner, a penalty of up to 10% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working week late.

  7. Legitimacy of assessments a) Pieces of assessment must be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the Examiner. b) Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism ( i.e. taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive).

Other requirements

  1. Attendance at and participation in residential schools is required to meet all course objectives and assessment.