Methods of Mathematics

An introductory 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 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

Expected prior learning

Students must have achieved at least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics or passed 160104 or 124103 or 247002 or equivalent.


Similar content
160101, 160102, 160103, 160111, 160112, 160131, 160132, 160133, 228171, 228172

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

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 Find solutions of equations such as quadratic equations or linear systems of two equations with two unknowns.
  • 2 Check solutions to equations such as linear, algebraic, discrete, and differential equations.
  • 3 Apply properties of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions in solving problems.
  • 4 Calculate derivatives and integrals of functions.
  • 5 Use appropriate technology to carry out mathematical calculations.
  • 6 Communicate solutions in 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
Test 1 2 5 6 5%
Test 1 2 5 6 20%
Test 1 2 5 6 10%
Test 1 2 3 5 6 10%
Test 1 2 3 5 6 20%
Test 1 2 3 4 5 6 10%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 25%

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.