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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Ms Monica Baker



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Full year 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides a foundation in mathematics to provide students with skills to support their future university studies. Topics covered include linear modelling, graphs of curves, financial mathematics, univariate and bivariate data, probability, matrices, and sequences and series. Students are supported to develop core concepts and skills, and to apply these to solve problems.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. apply their mathematics knowledge to solve problems in a range of contexts
  2. solve problems requiring linear or curved graphing skills, including sketching, identifying key features and finding equations
  3. apply correct procedures to solve financial application problems, and interpret the solutions
  4. summarise, present and interpret data numerically and graphically
  5. select and apply appropriate procedures for the solution of probability problems, including recognition of dependent and independent events
  6. calculate operation on matrices, including by-hand calculations involving identity and inverse matrices
  7. generate an arithmetic or geometric sequence or series using a recurrence relation, and solve problems in practical contexts.


In-class test (one hour, 1000 words equivalent, 20%)
Take-home assignment (800 words equivalent, 20%)
Take-home assignment (1200 words equivalent, 30%)
In-class test (one hour, 1000 words equivalent, 30%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • six hours of directed online activity

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)