Senior Mathematics - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2016: Continuous
  • Assessment: Assessments - Progress tests (10%) , Exercises - Practice questions - Learn more

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2016 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 consists of 4 modules. The modules explore coordinate geometry of the straight line, the circle and other conics, the basic functions and their inverses, exponential functions, logarithmic and periodic functions. Differential and integral calculus is introduced with emphasis on graphical, numerical and analytical interpretations. The process of mathematical modelling is developed through applications involving optimisation, rate of change problems and growth phenomena. Data analysis and probability distributions are introduced.

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 year 11/12 Mathematics (Mathematics B). 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 – Introduction to Functions

  • Topic 1: Special algebraic structures
  • Topic 2: Introducing functions
  • Topic 3: Special functions
  • Topic 4: Exponential functions and logarithms

Module 2 – Coordinate Geometry and Trigonometry

  • Topic 1: The straight line
  • Topic 2: The circle and other conics
  • Topic 3: Applications of trigonometry
  • Topic 4: Periodic functions, their graphs and applications

Module 3 – Calculus and Its Applications

  • Topic 1: Rates of change and the derivative
  • Topic 2: Derivatives of trigonometrical and exponential functions
  • Topic 3: Optimisation problems
  • Topic 4: Graphs and mathematical models
  • Topic 5: The integral calculus and applications

Module 4 – Financial Mathematics and Statistics

  • Topic 1: Sequences and series
  • Topic 2: Financial mathematics
  • Topic 3: Probability in data analysis
  • Topic 4: Probability distributions
  • Assessments — Progress tests (10%)
  • Exercises — Practice questions
  • Optional Provider Exam — Invigilation by provider (90%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

It is highly recommended that you first enrol in UNL31 Introductory Mathematics prior to attempting UNL32 if you have not participated in a year 10/11 mathematics unit within the last several years.

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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