Introductory Mathematics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2017: Continuous
  • Availability for 2018: Continuous
  • Assessment: Assessments - Progress tests (10%) , Exercises - Practice questions - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 820.00
International 970.00

The unit is a preparatory mathematics unit designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge to enter into a tertiary study. This unit helps you to gain an understanding of percentages, basic geometry and trigonometry leading to an introduction to algebraic manipulation and linear, quadratic and exponential functions. Matrix algebra is introduced and the final module introduces elementary statistics. On successful completion of this unit, you should have a sound mathematical base for further studies at advanced levels, or to commence tertiary studies in business or similar courses.

This unit includes individual tutorial support with an experienced high school mathematics teacher. Tutorial support is via email, phone and an online classroom with discussion forums. There is also a Unilearn Student Support Officer available to help you throughout your study. This unit provides 4 core credits towards your QCE.

The unit has flexible enrolment dates to meet your needs. Start your study when you want and complete the unit any time within the 12 month enrolment window. This unit is equivalent to General Mathematics (Math A). This unit requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete. The 18-week option is only available to you if you complete the unit in the online classroom. For international students, an additional $150 is applied to your unit for postage and handling of overseas materials. The cost of the textbook is not included in the unit price.

The final exam is not included in the unit price. The cost of the exam is $75 (International exams $150). For more information please call the Student Advisor team on 13OPEN (13 6736) or visit

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and progress tests. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete in an accelerated timeframe.

This unit covers:

Module 1 – Beginning Mathematics

  • Topic 1: Working with numbers
  • Topic 2: Working with percentages
  • Topic 3: Working with geometry
  • Topic 4: Working with ratios and trigonometry

Module 2 – Introduction to Algebra

  • Topic 1: Formulae and equations
  • Topic 2: Powers, scientific notations and the metric system
  • Topic 3: The Cartesian coordinate system

Module 3 – Linear and Quadratic Functions

  • Topic 1: The rules of algebra
  • Topic 2: Linear equations and applications
  • Topic 3: Graphs and equations

Module 4 – Basic Functions and Matrix Algebra

  • Topic 1: The concepts of functions – linear functions
  • Topic 2: The quadratic functions and polynomial functions
  • Topic 3: Exponential functions and logarithms
  • Topic 4: Matrix algebra

Module 5 – Introduction to Statistics

  • Topic 1: Terminology and data collections
  • Topic 2: Representing data
  • Topic 3: Summarising data
  • Topic 4: Exploring Bi-variate data
  • Assessments — Progress tests (10%)
  • Exercises — Practice questions
  • Optional Provider Exam — Invigilation by provider (90%)

This unit does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you are self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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