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CST7001 Mathematics for Living

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Bill McCann
Moderator: John Williams-Mozley

Rationale

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.

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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.

Topics

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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=02&subject1=CST7001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • 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.

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 03 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 16 24 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 48 16 21 Sep 2012
1.5 HOUR TEST 60 35 08 Oct 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 4 40 23 26 Oct 2012

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

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school. It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  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. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. 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.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregare of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There are no examinations for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplemtary examinations

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.