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TPP7181 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation Program Level A

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Clare Robinson
Moderator: Tim Dalby


Students entering tertiary study require an opportunity to master and hence be confident with basic mathematics. This course will provide students with the basic mathematical competencies for tertiary studies in Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration).


Using concepts of self-paced instruction the course guides students through 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 mathematics and general problem solving.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of a number of mathematical topics essential for tertiary study, detailed below (all assessment items);
  2. interpret and solve a range of problems involving mathematical concepts relevant to this course (all assessment items);
  3. demonstrate the skills necessary to extend mathematical knowledge into everyday life and other studies (all assessment items);
  4. demonstrate an understanding of personal strategies used in the study of mathematics (all assessment items);
  5. effectively communicate solutions to a range of problems (all assessment items).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing mathematics 2.00
2. More than just numbers 14.00
3. The power of numbers 14.00
4. Comparing numbers 14.00
5. Representing relationships 14.00
6. Dealing with data 14.00
7. Generalising numbers - algebra 14.00
8. Generalising numbers - graphs 14.00

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 15.00
Directed Study 112.00
Private Study 38.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 22 5 29 Jul 2011
ASSIGNMENT 2 42 7 26 Aug 2011
ASSIGNMENT 3 42 7 23 Sep 2011
ASSIGNMENT 4 42 8 07 Oct 2011
ASSIGNMENT 5 24 5 21 Oct 2011
ONLINE QUIZ 5 3 21 Oct 2011
END OF SEMESTER EXAM 45 45 End S2 (see note 1)
EXAM CMA 20 20 End S2

  1. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    One 1.5 hour group learning session will be provided in each teaching week of the semester. Students? attendance at these sessions, and participation in the sessions, will not be used in determining any student?s final grade in the course. However, students are strongly advised that their active participation in all of the group learning sessions, will greatly increase the probability that they will achieve a passing grade for the course. In addition to the scheduled group learning sessions, individual tutorial sessions can be booked by students throughout the teaching weeks.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students are not required to complete every assessment item to a satisfactory standard in order to obtain a passing grade for the course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, a student must achieve an aggregrated mark of a least 50% in the total marks allocated for the course and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final exam. Students who do not qualify for a Passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be awarded a Supplementary Examination and/or assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have achieved the required standard.

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

  6. Examination information:
    Examinations in this course are restricted examinations. 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; calculator; 1 A4 page of hand written or typed notes (written on both sides); English translation dictionaries (but not technical dictionaries).

  7. 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.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.