Mathematics Fundamentals

Mathematics Fundamentals is a foundational course which will develop the core mathematical skills necessary for many of the 100-level science courses that require fundamental algebraic fluency and statistical literacy. Your studies will combine fundamental mathematical and statistical methods designed to provide highly sought-after skills in mathematical reasoning, problem solving and numeracy.

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.



College of Sciences courses

Course planning information

Course notes

This course is only available if you are studying the Foundation Certificate (International) or Foundation Certificate (International – Accelerated)

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 number to a variety of contexts including fractional manipulation, negative numbers, order of operations, estimation and proportional reasoning.
  • 2 Apply the concepts and techniques of algebra to a variety of applications including manipulating algebraic expressions, forming and solving equations.
  • 3 Describe relationships between mathematical functions and their graphs, including modelling and graphing linear, polynomial and exponential functions.
  • 4 Solve problems and model situations that require application of trigonometric techniques.
  • 5 Apply concepts and techniques of statistical inquiry to solve problems. This includes gathering data, calculating meaningful statistics, interpreting tables and graphs, and drawing evidence-based conclusions.
  • 6 Demonstrate statistical literacy by reading and evaluating statistical reports.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 30%
Test 3 4 30%
Written Assignment 5 6 40%

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

There are no set texts for this course.