Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit aims to increase confidence and ability in mathematical skills, to provide an introduction to the understanding of mathematical principles of algebra and trigonometry and to introduce systematic problem solving techniques. It includes a review of basic algebra; involving introduction to algebraic functions and their graphs; trigonometric functions, properties and identities; elementary matrices and linear algebra.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply elementary manipulative skills to solve mathematical problems
  2. formulate simple applied problems in mathematical language
  3. use the principles of elementary trigonometry and linear algebra in the solution of problems.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online quizzes: 5 (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended
  • Other special requirement — To pass this unit a student must achieve 50% in the overall assessment and a minimum of 40% of the available marks in the final examination.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Mathematical Preliminaries, Polynomials and exponents, Rationals, Radicals and Complex numbers
2Linear and Non-linear Equations, Linear and Non-Linear Inequalities, Analytic Geometry
3Functions, Linear Functions, Systems of Linear Equations, Quadratic Functions
4Trigonometric Functions and Trigonometric Graphs, Angles, Trigonometric Identities and Equations, Trigonometric Formulas, Triangles
5Matrix Algebra, Matrix Multiplication and Inverses

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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