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TPP7183 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 3

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Maths Tertiary Preparation 3
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
Version produced : 6 December 2021


Examiner: Clare Robinson


Pre-requisite: TPP7182


Students who intend to enrol in a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Spatial Science or Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology, will be required to complete this course. This preparatory mathematics course is designed to provide students with the basic mathematical competencies for these tertiary studies.


Using the concepts of self-paced instruction and mastery learning, the course guides students through a carefully sequenced series of topics which will provide the foundation for understanding the mathematics that will be encountered in their tertiary study. The self-paced structure of the course allows students to work through the material at a pace suitable to their needs, permitting them to work quickly through familiar material, as well as allowing the opportunity to seek additional assistance in areas of uncertainty. The mastery approach will ensure that they successfully achieve the objectives of each topic before progressing to the next topic, which will build further on the earlier material.


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

  1. Demonstrate the application of higher order thinking skills necessary for the successful learning of mathematics at a higher level;
  2. Demonstrate ability to interpret and solve complex mathematical problems within the topics of this course;
  3. Demonstrate improved problem solving skills in mathematics using technology;
  4. Demonstrate ability to think independently in relating mathematical perspectives to the real world;
  5. Effectively communicate solutions to a range of problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing Mathematics 5.00
2. Revision 5.00
3. Functions and Relations 15.00
4. Trigonometric Functions 20.00
5. Analytical geometry - representing points and curves 20.00
6. Describing change - An Introduction to Differential Calculus 20.00
7. Total change - An Introduction to Integral Calculus 15.00

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 45 8 29 Nov 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 7 13 Dec 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 7 04 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT 4 40 7 12 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT 5 35 6 27 Jan 2022
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 65 End S3 (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. 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 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: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); scientific calculators (non-graphical and non-programmable) are allowed; 1 A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (written on both sides); 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. 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 experiences; times indicated above are a guideline only.

Date printed 6 December 2021