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Mathematics

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Use a wide variety of mathematical concepts to solve problems expressed in mathematical notation;
  • Interpret problems and formulate questions in mathematical language;
  • Apply conventional requirements for accuracy of numerical calculations;
  • Illustrate important applications of mathematics in technology/society;
  • Communicate mathematical concepts clearly in written and spoken form.

Course outline

Semester One

The Mathematics course studied at IES Foundation Year is recognised by The University of Queensland as a preparatory Mathematics course for all students entering degree courses at The University of Queensland. It covers the introductory areas in Algebra, Graphs, Geometry, Probability and Statistics in the first semester.

Semester Two

Knowledge and skills gained in the first semester are then further developed in the areas of Calculus and Trigonometry. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to link Mathematics to real-life situations. Every student is required to carry out a small research project that involves the application of technology in data collection, treatment and analysis of results.

Students are also expected to develop good mathematical communication skills. These skills are tested when students submit their written report for the project and when they present their completed project to their peers.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD194MTH01A Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment 
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4 Quizzes are worth a total of 10%.
Unit 1 & 2 (6.39%)

B

Mid-Semester Test

12.5%

C

Unit 2 Quiz

(See note above for Unit 1 Quiz)

D

Semester One Examination

25%

 

Total

43.89%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

E

Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 3 & 4 (3.61%)

F

Mid-Semester 2 Test

12.5%

G

Unit 4 Quiz

(See note above for Unit 3 Quiz)

H

Semester Two Examination

30%

I

Project

 7%

J

Seminar

 3%

-

Moodle online quizzes

 5%

 

Total

56.11%