Foundation Mathematics A

An introductory course designed to increase understanding and application of basic mathematics and statistics concepts and skills.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.


Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Apply concepts and techniques of statistical inquiry to data rich domains including calculation of meaningful statistics and interpretation of distributions and graphs.
  • 2 Apply concepts and techniques of number to a variety of contexts including fractional and percentage manipulation, negative numbers, order of operations, estimation and proportional reasoning.
  • 3 Perform basic processes of algebra, including modelling and graphing linear and simple quadratic equations.
  • 4 Use computer software (Excel) for graphical, numerical and symbolic exploration.
  • 5 Communicate solutions using appropriate mathematical language/symbols.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 4 5 10%
Test 1 2 5 15%
Written Assignment 3 4 5 10%
Test 1 2 3 4 5 15%
Test 1 2 3 4 5 40%
Participation 1 2 3 4 5 10%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.