Introductory University Mathematics

A course designed to increase the confidence of students in handling mathematical concepts and skills. Content includes algebraic skills, functions and graphs, and an introduction to matrices and calculus.

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.




Course planning information

Course notes

For students who are identified as being likely to benefit from additional assistance, attendance at 80% of "Facilitated Learning" sessions is a requirement to pass the course. To pass students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the final exam. Distance offerings: Students may be assessed on a 50% component for the final examination if they sit the Contact Workshop test for 15%, if this is to their advantage.

Expected prior learning

Students must have achieved at least 16 NCEA Level 2 credits in Mathematics or passed the course 247.002 or equivalent. We’ve designed some online help to help you prepare. Find out if you have the required background by taking this basic numeracy quiz.


Choose just one
A student who has passed 160131, 160132, 160133, 160101, 160111, 160112, 228171 or 228172 may not be also credited with a pass in 160103 that is obtained in either the same or a subsequent examination period

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards 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 Show confidence when dealing with mathematical problems.
  • 2 Demonstrate proficiency with the fundamental concepts, processes and functions used in modelling the real world mathematically.
  • 3 Demonstrate proficiency with the basic ideas and processes of matrices.
  • 4 Demonstrate proficiency with the basic ideas and processes of differential and integral calculus.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 4 50%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 50%
Distance only
Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 4 11%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 24%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 65%

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.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.




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Course delivery details

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