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MAT1008 Building Professional Nursing Attributes B

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.5
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Nicolas Jourdan
Moderator: Jamie Shield


Pre-Requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following program: BNUR Co-Requisite: CMS1008


Students entering the nursing profession need to have adequate levels of numeracy, and computing skills associated with the health status of their patients and the health care industry. These skills, include calculations for medications, and interpretation and processing of numerical data. In addition, they need to have core computing and numeracy skills necessary for successful engagement with contemporary university undergraduate study. This course aims to ensure that students have these requisite skills.


This course provides nursing students with a sound understanding of numeracy and its diverse use in the health profession, including the use of numbers for measuring medications and rates of delivery. The students are also expected: to understand the concepts of ratio and proportion and the use of units; to be able to reliably carry out calculations for medical purposes; and to interpret charts, graphs and tables. Students will also be expected to understand the university learning management system, computer-based communication, management and storage of information, to have good word processing skills and how to create presentations. The course will be closely linked to other courses in the first year nursing program.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. carry out calculations for medical purposes with accuracy and speed, both with a calculator and without one; and reflect on the professional necessity for reliably calculating such quantities;
  2. perform calculations using rates, ratios, percentages, averages, change and be able to apply these concepts in a nursing context;
  3. perform calculations using units of measurement and scientific notation as they apply in a nursing context;
  4. interpret charts, graphs and tables in a nursing context;
  5. use a typical university learning management system such as Uconnect effectively;
  6. use communication tools such as emails, discussion forums, online collaborative learning software, internet search, short cuts, e-portfolio, and use basic functions of a computer;
  7. create effective presentations;
  8. have word processing skills suitable for producing high quality assignments and reports.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Arithmetic and medical calculations 15.00
2. Rates, ratios, percentages, averages and change 15.00
3. Units of measurement, and scientific notation 10.00
4. Interpret charts, tables and graphs 10.00
5. Online collaborative learning, emails, internet search and shortcuts 10.00
6. Word processing, referencing 10.00
7. Understand the use of computers, networks, file management 10.00
8. Presentations, flow charts, diagrams 10.00
9. Understanding drug calculation problems 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). (

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  • The course website provides all the study material needed, which can be purchased in print from the bookshop or printed by the student. Students will be given a CD version of the material on request.

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.
  • Reid-Searl, K, Dwyer, T, Moxam, L & Reid-Spiers, J 2007, Nursing students maths & medications survival guide, Pearson Education, Australia.
    (This is the text for NUR2000 Medications: Theory and Practice and is highly recommended for this course.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 62.00
Tutorials or Workshops 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 18 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 30 22 Apr 2013
CMA1 15 4 03 May 2013
CMA2 15 4 10 May 2013
CMA3 30 6 17 May 2013
CMA4 30 6 24 May 2013
ASSIGNMENT 3 25 25 27 May 2013
In Class CMA 40 20 07 Jun 2013 (see note 1)

  1. For external students there will be an added small piece of assessment in place of the In-class assessment

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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. This course contains a discussion forum where students' participation is formally assessed and successful participation in that discussion group is required to complete an assessment item satisfactorily.

  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. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 aggregate of the weighted marks / grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course but there is an in-class compulsory CMA for internal students.

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

Assessment notes

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.

  3. 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.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to a computer, e-mail, internet and to UConnect for this Course, if they decide to complete course work from home.