Course Outline

TPP104 Mathematics

Course Coordinator:Bruno Basic (bbasic@usc.edu.au) School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to usc.edu.au for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course is designed to improve your mathematical skills for entry into academic programs at the University of the Sunshine Coast. It aims to be inclusive of those who may not have undertaken senior high school mathematics, or for those who may wish to refresh knowledge and understanding of the discipline. This course sets out to nurture a growth mindset for students around basic mathematical concepts. The flexible teaching environment allows for student's concerns around the course concepts to be voiced, questions to be asked and confidence to be built.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Short lesson videos covering the content. The videos should be watched prior to the tutorials, and followed up with the self-paced quizzes. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You are required to actively participate in individual and group work that will be guided by a tutor. Tutorials will be delivered face-to-face on campus. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with the learning materials, the tutorial sessions and completing the quizzes and tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the course workbook and the resources available on the learning management system. You may be required/invited to attend an on-campus seminar. 8hrs Week 1 13 times
Online
Learning materials – Short lesson videos covering the content. The videos should be watched prior to the tutorials, and followed up with the self-paced quizzes. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You are required to actively participate in individual and group work that will be guided by a tutor. Tutorials will be delivered online via conferencing software such as Zoom. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with the learning materials, the tutorial sessions and completing the quizzes and tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the course workbook and the resources available on the learning management system. You may be invited/required to attend occasional online seminars. 8hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Numbers and Operations

Exploring the meaning of common mathematical symbols, the operations they represent, and the order in which these mathematical operations should be performed.

Algebra and Formulas

Exploring the concept of like terms, manipulation of equations using transposing, and changing the subject of a formula.

Fractions, Percentages, Decimals

Exploring the mathematical manipulation of fractions and how they relate to decimal numbers and percentages.

Proportions and Ratios

Exploring the differences between proportions and ratios, and how they relate to fractions, decimal numbers, and percentages

Rounding and Significant Figures

Exploring the concept of a significant figure and how to round values correctly.

Logarithms and Scientific Notation

Exploring the logarithms and how they relate to powers and roots. Exploring the concept of scientific notation in order to express very large and very small values.

Measurement and Dimensional Analysis

Exploring the use of units, how to change from one to another, and how units give numerical values meaning.

Introduction to Geometry

Exploring the fundamental angle relationships that exist between straight lines, quadrilaterals and triangles.

Right Angle Triangle (Trigonometry)

Exploring trigonometric functions sine, cosine and tangent, and how they can be used to define the side lengths and the angle magnitudes of a right angle triangle.

Coordinates and Graphs

Exploring the Cartesian Plane and plotting of points and lines on a graph grid.

Linear Equations

Exploring the equation and plotting of a straight line by calculating the gradient and the intercepts, and how linear equations relate to rates.

Measures of Central Tendency (Introduction to Statistics)

Exploring the calculations of the measures of central tendency such mean, median, and mode.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate basic techniques and strategies used in the field of mathematics as developed in the course. Empowered
2 Identify and employ relevant mathematical approaches to demonstrate proficiency of the key threshold concepts of the course, such as correctly manipulating and solving simple algebraic equations. Knowledgeable
3 Employ authentic skillsets such as proficiency with a scientific calculator and graphing to solve mathematical problems. Empowered
4 Communicate effectively using mathematical conventions and symbols to justify mathematical reasoning. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Student must be enrolled in TP000

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Nil

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Weekly Quizzes and Task 2a in week 3 will provide feedback on early course progress. Weekly problem sets will allow you to track your own progression of the concepts covered in the course.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
not timed
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2a Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 10%
55 mins
Week 3 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2b Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 20%
75 mins
Week 7 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Artefact - Technical and Scientific Individual 20%
This is a mathematical take-home assignment that will require full working to be shown.
Week 10 Online Submission
All 4 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
120 mins
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Self-paced Weekly Quizzes
Goal:
The goal of this task is for you to practice your understanding of relevant weekly material formatively in preparation for the summative assessment items of the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
Format:
Task 1 quizzes are formative. Students can attempt the quizzes as many times as they choose to gain mastery of the topics. Quizzes will be available for the duration of the semester.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of basic techniques and strategies to find answers to questions
1
2
Solution of mathematical problems through use of a scientific calculator
3
All - Assessment Task 2a:Calculator Problem Solving and Basic Algebra
Goal:
The goal is for you to demonstrate reliable calculator and problem-solving skills for mathematics and their application as they are needed for whole number arithmetic and formulae including algebra, and to communicate clearly using reasoning and appropriate mathematical conventions and symbols.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Task 2a is a summative test that will contain a selection of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer questions.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of basic techniques and strategies to find the answer to questions
1
2
Identification of relevant mathematical approach to working with formulae
2
3
Solution of mathematical problems through use of a scientific calculator
3
4
Communication using mathematical conventions (including sentences) and symbols to justify reasoning
4
All - Assessment Task 2b:Ratios, Proportons, and Dimensional Analysis
Goal:
The goal is for you to demonstrate reliable calculator and problem-solving skills to work with fractions and decimal arithmetic, percentages, algebra, ratios, proportions, exponents and logarithms, and to communicate clearly using reasoning and appropriate mathematical conventions and symbols including correct significant figures and rounding.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Task 2b is a summative test that will contain a selection of multiple-choice, fill-in-the blank, and short answer questions.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of basic techniques and strategies to find the answer to questions
1
2
Identification of relevant mathematical approach to working with formulae
2
3
Solution of mathematical problems through use of a scientific calculator
3
4
Communication using mathematical conventions (including sentences) and symbols to justify reasoning
4
All - Assessment Task 3:Geometry, Trigonometry and Graphs
Goal:
The goal for you is to demonstrate conceptual understanding and skills development in solving routine problems in geometry and co-ordinate geometry. The assignment is designed for you to communicate your understanding through written and/or worked responses to questions.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific
Format:
Task 3 is a summative written assignment that will require students to demonstrate mathematical problem solving and communication skills. The assignment will be submitted online.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of basic techniques and strategies to find the answer to questions
1
2
Identification of relevant mathematical approach to solve trigonometric and geometric problems with knowledge of dimensional analysis
2 3
3
Communication using mathematical conventions (including sentences) and symbols to justify reasoning
4
All - Assessment Task 4:Final Examination Covering All Content
Goal:
The goal for you is to review and provide evidence of understanding of the entire course and to communicate your responses clearly using justifiable reasoning and appropriate mathematical conventions and symbols
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Task 4 is a summative test covering all the topics. The test will contain a selection of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer questions.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstration of basic techniques and strategies to find the answer to questions
1
2
Identification of relevant mathematical approach to working with formulae
2
3
Solution of mathematical problems through use of a scientific calculator and graphing
3
4
Communication using mathematical conventions (including sentences) and symbols to justify reasoning
4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

A good quality calculator is needed for this course. The Casio fx-82AU+II or the Casio fx-82AU+II 2nd Edition are recommended. You will not require a graphics, programmable or CAS calculator for this. It is your responsibility to learn to use your calculator properly.
A portable smart device such as a laptop or tablet is needed, too.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to familiarise themselves with the USC's assessment procedures.
Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

It is the responsibility of the student to familiarise themselves with the USC's assessment procedures.
Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome at least 48 hours before the due date.

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The SafeUSC Specialist Service is a Student Wellbeing service that provides free and confidential support to students who may have experienced or observed behaviour that could cause fear, offence or trauma. To contact the service call 07 5430 1226 or email studentwellbeing@usc.edu.au.

Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

Wellbeing Services

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Links to relevant University policy and procedures

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  • Assessment: Courses and Coursework Programs
  • Review of Assessment and Final Grades
  • Supplementary Assessment
  • Administration of Central Examinations
  • Deferred Examinations
  • Student Academic Misconduct
  • Students with a Disability

For more information, visit https://www.usc.edu.au/explore/policies-and-procedures#academic-learning-and-teaching

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