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TPP7181 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 1

Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010199 - Mathematical Sciences not else

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Examiner: Peter Van Vuuren


Students entering tertiary study require an opportunity to master, practise and refine mathematical skills as prerequisites for successful study.. 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 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 expectations

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 4 14 Mar 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2 42 7 11 Apr 2016
ASSIGNMENT 3 42 7 09 May 2016
ASSIGNMENT 4 42 7 23 May 2016
ASSIGNMENT 5 24 5 06 Jun 2016
ONLINE CMA 5 5 06 Jun 2016
END OF SEMESTER EXAM 45 45 End S1 (see note 1)
EXAM CMA 20 20 End S1

  1. Examination dates 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 students? responsibility 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.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course. 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 (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); 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. The time it will take to complete this mathematics course will vary and will depend on the student's background and experience; times indicated above are a guideline only.