MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals
Semester 1, 2013 Oncampus Toowoomba  
Units :  1 
Faculty or Section :  Faculty of Sciences 
School or Department :  Maths and Computing 
Version produced :  21 July 2014 
Staffing
Examiner: Nathan Downs
Moderator: Harry Butler
Other requisites
Current skills at the level of Queensland Senior Secondary School Studies Maths A or equivalent assumed. This course is substantially equivalent to ENG1500 and MAT1001. Students cannot enrol in MAT1000 if they have successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in, either ENG1500 or MAT1001.
Rationale
Students entering tertiary studies in many fields require quantitative literacy and expertise in mathematics and problem solving. Building a sound basis for tertiary studies, this course develops fundamental mathematical competencies, and skills in reading, writing and communicating mathematics effectively.
Synopsis
This course develops fundamental mathematical concepts for many fields of study. Topics included are: basic arithmetic, measurement, basic algebra, functions and graphing, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Skills are developed in reading, writing and communicating mathematical and quantitative information effectively in a range of settings.
Objectives
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
 demonstrate a sound understanding of a number of mathematical topics that are essential for the fundamentals of tertiary studies in many fields;
 interpret given information and solve a range of applied problems involving mathematical concepts relevant to this course;
 effectively communicate the mathematical concepts and arguments contained in this course.
Topics
Description  Weighting(%)  

1.  Introduction  mathematical studies, writing and communication.  2.00 
2.  Arithmetic  real numbers, order of operations, calculations, fractions, scientific notation, metric system, index laws, absolute value, inequalities  10.00 
3.  Algebra  algebraic indices and fractions, solving linear and quadratic equations, factorisation, simultaneous equations  14.00 
4.  Counting Techniques – permutations, combinations, the Binomial Theorem, Sets and Partitions  10.00 
5.  Geometry – Euclidean geometry, congruence, Pythagoras' Theorem, polygons and circles  10.00 
6.  Relations and Functions  analytical geometry, definition of functions and relations, graphs of straight lines, parabolas, graphical solution of equations  14.00 
7.  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions  exponential and logarithmic functions and graphs, solution of exponential and logarithmic equations  10.00 
8.  Trigonometry  trigonometric ratios and basic identities, solution of triangles, trigonometric functions and graphs, solution of trigonometric equations  10.00 
9.  Applications of these topics to problem solving  10.00 
10.  Mathematical reading, writing, reasoning and communicating in a range of settings, and interpretation and critique of quantitative information  10.00 
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=2013&sem=01&subject1=MAT1000)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

Current MAT1000 Course Study Book 2013, Mathematics Fundamentals & Communication, USQ Distance Education Centre, Toowoomba.

Scientific calculator (nongraphical and nonprogrammable).
Reference materials

Any high school mathematics text will be helpful. Any College Algebra or PreCalculus text will be helpful.
Student workload requirements
Activity  Hours 

Assessments  30.00 
Lectures  26.00 
Private Study  80.00 
Tutorials  26.00 
Assessment details
Description  Marks out of  Wtg (%)  Due Date  Notes 

ASSIGNMENT 1  20  5  11 Mar 2013  
ASSIGNMENT 2  50  15  15 Apr 2013  
ASSIGNMENT 3  50  15  27 May 2013  
2 HOUR REST EXAMINATION  100  65  End S1  (see note 1) 
NOTES
 Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Students must refer to Examination timetable when published.
Important assessment information

Attendance requirements:
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, 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 courserelated activities and administration. 
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the assignment. 
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. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted. 
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. 
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. 
Examination information:
A Restricted Examination is an examination where only those materials specified in the examination paper are permitted during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (nonelectronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); scientific calculators (nongraphical and nonprogrammable); one (1) A4 sheet, written or typed on one or both sides with any material the student wishes to have. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage. 
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period. 
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

Students will require access to email and web access to UConnect for this course.

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. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner. The Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paperbased media. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.