Mathematics 1A

This course provides a solid mathematical foundation for further studies in mathematics, science and engineering. It consolidates basic concepts and introduces more advanced material on differentiation and numerical techniques, enabling the formation of mathematical models of real-world problems. The course blends topics from calculus with those from linear algebra and includes matrices, linear equations, vectors and geometry.

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

To pass course students must achieve at least 40% in the final exam, with an aggregate minimum 50%.

Expected prior learning

Students should take a calculus course that includes the following Calculus Achievement Standards (or equivalent), which are Externally assessed: AS 3.5 Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems AS 3.6 Apply differentiation methods in solving problems. AS 3.7 Apply integration methods in solving problems. To refresh your mathematical skills, try our basic numeracy quiz.

Prerequisite courses

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You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Choose just one

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 Solve systems of linear equations and demonstrate proficiency in working with matrices.
  • 2 Use vectors, lines and planes in two or three dimensions.
  • 3 Demonstrate a basic understanding of limits.
  • 4 Calculate the derivatives, integrals and power series for simple functions.
  • 5 Translate problems into mathematical models and apply the concepts and techniques of basic calculus and linear algebra to a wide variety of applications.
  • 6 Use computer software (such as MATLAB) to carry out graphical, numerical and symbolic investigations.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 5 5%
Test 1 2 5 10%
Test 3 4 5 10%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 20%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 55%
Distance only
Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 5%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 80%

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.

Course delivery details

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