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TPP7182 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 2

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Maths Tertiary Preparation 2
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: Clare Robinson


Pre-requisite: TPP7181

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: TPP7181 or equivalent previous studies
Co-requisite: none


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 Bachelor of Construction, Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability), Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences), Bachelor of Health, Associate Degree of Construction, Associate Degree of Engineering and Associate Degree of Spatial Science. It also provides foundational material for further studies in the pre-tertiary courses in mathematics.


Using concepts of self-paced instruction and adult learning the course guides students through a carefully sequenced series of topics that provide the foundation for mathematics encountered in tertiary studies and further pre-tertiary studies in mathematics. More specifically, students are introduced to the mathematical concept of function in a number of contexts. The self-paced structure of the course allows students to work at their own pace within a specified framework, thus developing their confidence with mathematics, mathematical communication and general problem solving skills.


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of function and related mathematical concepts, detailed below;
  2. Interpret and solve a range of problems involving the mathematical concepts relevant to this course;
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to extend mathematical knowledge into everyday life and into further studies;
  4. Effectively interpret and communicate mathematical solutions to a range of problems;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of personal learning strategies used in the study of mathematics.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing Mathematics 1.00
2. Revision of concepts covered in TPP7181. 2.00
3. Algebra – algebraic fractions, factorising, indices, solving linear, quadratic and simultaneous equations, in-equations. 24.00
4. Relations and functions – definition of functions, domain and range, linear and quadratic functions, inverse of linear functions, rate of change. 25.00
5. Exponential and logarithmic functions – graphs and solutions to equations, logarithmic laws. 18.00
6. Matrices – definition and notation, basic operations and the solution to linear equations with two variables. 9.00
7. Trigonometry – trigonometric functions and graphs, solving basic trigonometric equations. 21.00

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 20 1 02 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 8 23 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 30 8 19 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 4 30 8 04 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 5 40 10 27 May 2021
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 65 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this 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:

  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 S1 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 S1, 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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 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 S1, 2021:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only 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 hand written 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:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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 5 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 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Date printed 18 June 2021