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TPP7181 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 1

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Maths Tertiary Preparation 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 010199 - Mathematical Sciences not else
Grading basis : Graded


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 mathematics essential for tertiary studies in Bachelor of Business and Commerce; Bachelor of Information Technology; Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration); Bachelor of Paramedicine; Bachelor of Sport and Exercise and the Bachelor of Science (Biology, Computing, Psychology, Psychology and Human Physiology and Information Technology). It also provides foundational material for further studies in pre-tertiary courses in mathematics and physics.


After reviewing fundamental arithmetic principles, the course introduces proportional reasoning and develops this through a number of topics before introducing generalised mathematical thinking and basic algebra. The self-paced instruction allows students to develop confidence with mathematics, mathematical communication and general problem solving and provides students with the foundation skills to enable them to engage with the mathematical concepts encountered in the tertiary studies detailed above.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical topics essential for tertiary study as detailed below;
  2. Interpret and solve a range of problems involving mathematical concepts relevant to this course;
  3. Demonstrate the skills and understanding necessary to extend mathematical knowledge into everyday life and other studies;
  4. Effectively interpret and communicate mathematics within a range of concepts;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies used in the study of mathematics;
  6. Demonstrate an ability to manage, and reflect on, their learning of the mathematics in this course.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing mathematics 2.00
2. Revision of topics covered in TPP7180 3.00
3. Comparing numbers – percentages, fractions, ratios and rates 15.00
4. The power of numbers – power rules, scientific notation, metric system 12.00
5. Representing relationships – formula and introduction to graphs 15.00
6. Representing relationships – straight line, parabolic and exponential graphs 16.00
7. Dealing with data – statistics and probability, introduction to graphing in Excel 19.00
8. Representing relationships – algebra 18.00

Text and Materials

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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 20 2 20 Jul 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 45 12 10 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 45 12 31 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 4 35 7 21 Sep 2021
ASSIGNMENT 5 35 7 12 Oct 2021
Examination 60 60 End S2

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. A two hour group learning session will be provided in each teaching week of the semester for on-campus students. 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final passing 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after 2021:
    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:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. scientific calculators (non graphical and non-programmable);
    iii. 1 A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (written on both sides);
    iv. English translation dictionaries (but not technical dictionaries).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. USQ College will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

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

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Tertiary Preparation Program and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 8 November 2021