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TPP7182 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation Program Level B

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Clare Robinson
Moderator: Peter Van Vuuren


Pre-requisite: TPP7181


Students entering tertiary education require an opportunity to master, practise and refine mathematical skills as prerequisites for successful study. This course will provide students with basic mathematical competencies for tertiary studies in business and some branches of information technology.


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 appropriate to this level of mathematics.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of a number of mathematical topics essential for tertiary study detailed above;
  2. demonstrate the skills necessary to extend mathematical knowledge beyond everyday life and into further studies;
  3. interpret and solve a range of problems involving mathematical concepts relevant to this course;
  4. communicate effectively solutions to a range of problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing Mathematics 1.00
2. Revision topics - You must remember this 1.00
3. Algebra - Tools for change 25.00
4. Relations and Functions - Representing algebra 25.00
5. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 20.00
6. Matrices 9.00
7. Statistics and Probability OR Trigonometry 19.00

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 1 0 20 Jul 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 6 10 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 25 6 24 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 4 25 6 07 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 5 25 8 28 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 6 35 11 19 Oct 2012
Online CMA 6 3 19 Oct 2012
END OF SEMESTER EXAM 2 HOURS 100 60 End S2 (see note 1)

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

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. One 1.5 hour group learning session will be provided in each teaching week of the semester. Attendance at these sessions, and participation in the sessions, will not be used in determining any final grade in the course. However, it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:

  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 receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 grade for a student 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 the candidates can use in the Restricted Examination for this course are: writing materials; calculators (including graphics calculators); 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.

Other requirements

  1. It should be clear to students that they are required to study EITHER 'Probability and Statistics' or 'Trigonometry', but not both. Students will be able to choose appropriate assignment and examination questions to suit their pathway of study.

  2. The time it will take to complete this mathematics course will vary and will depend on the student's background and experiences; times indicated above are a guideline only.