Course Outline

TPP115 Maths for Science and Engineering

Course Coordinator:Judith Warmerdam ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

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

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course develops a foundation for further studies in mathematics. It comprises most concepts from the Queensland Year 12 Mathematical Methods curriculum, excluding statistics, thus satisfying the math entry requirement for Engineering at USC. To succeed at this course you will need to have a reasonable knowledge of math at least to TPP104 level, and be determined to succeed. A TPP115 readiness quiz to assist in judging your assumed knowledge is available on the My Open Math website (course ID 66583, enrollment key TPP104.115).

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – A range of weekly materials delivered through Canvas and MyOpenMath including course recordings, reading materials and activities 3hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus engagement and application of the learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with the learning materials, tutorials and assessment materials, you are expected to engage in self-directed study and revision of the course content, using the Canvas and MyOpenMath course materials 7hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Revision of NUMBER and ALGEBRA: signed numbers, order of operations, factors, primes and factorisation, fractions, indices, number precision, algebra, transposing equations, the rectangular coordinate system.

FUNCTIONS and RELATIONS equations and graphs: linear, quadratic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, composite and inverse functions, transformation of functions, circle equations and graphs.

CALCULUS: introduction to differentiation, product, quotient and chain rules.

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 knowledge of the mathematical concepts of a function and its inverse (including periodic, exponential, and logarithmic functions), differentiation and integration. Empowered
2 Demonstrate mathematical skills in solving familiar problems in the areas of functions and calculus. Knowledgeable
3 Demonstrate mathematical knowledge of concepts, techniques and reasoning to interpret, analyse and solve unfamiliar and applied problems. Empowered
4 Communicate effectively using reasoning, mathematical symbols and conventions. Empowered
5 Employ technology appropriately to help solve problems. 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”.


Students must be enrolled in TP000


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students should have effective numeracy, algebraic and calculator skills. Students who have not completed Year 10 maths or equivalent should complete TPP104 prior to undertaking TPP115

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

Beginning in week zero (O week), there are formative quizzes on My Open Math. They provide an opportunity to check knowledge and skills. 
Early personalised feedback is provided when the week 3 Investigation is marked.

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 Artefact - Technical and Scientific Individual 30%
2-3 hours each
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
2.5 hours
Week 9 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 45%
2.5 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Mathematical Investigations
The mathematical investigations explore and supplement the content required for the course. The goal is to practice course skills, recognise patterns, apply them, generalise them into an equation and articulate them in writing, while developing the collaborative skill of working in groups.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific
Submit: End of Week 3, 6, 12. Working in a small groups, you investigate mathematical concepts using computer technology. You will assemble a portfolio of 3 investigations.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of the mathematical concepts of algebra, transformation of functions and circles, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Demonstration of mathematical knowledge of concepts and techniques to interpret, analyse and solve calculus problems.
Effective communication using reasoning, mathematical symbols and conventions.
Demonstration of mathematical skills to solve algebraic, exponential and logarithmic problems.
Appropriate employment of technology to solve problems.
All - Assessment Task 2:Mid Semester Exam
This task allows you to demonstrate your conceptual and procedural knowledge of the content of the first three modules of the course: number and algebra revision, functions and relations, and trigonometry.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
There will be an online examination in week 9. Formative quizzes at the end of weekly lessons, and at the end of module 1-3 provide practice for the week 9 mid-semester exam.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Mathematical conceptual knowledge of linear, quadratic, composite, inverse, piecewise, and periodic functions.
Employment of appropriate technology to solve problems.
Mathematical knowledge of concepts, techniques and reasoning to interpret, analyse and solve problems developed from module 1-3 learning.
Effective communication using reasoning, mathematical symbols and conventions.
Demonstration of mathematical skills to solve familiar problems in the area of functions.
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
This task allows you to demonstrate your cumulative understanding and knowledge of
mathematical concepts and skills in solving routine problems on topics spanning the entire
semester. Both Task 1 and Task 2 will assist you to consolidate your learning and prepare for
this task.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
An online examination consisting of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. The examination is managed by UniSC examinations. It must be completed during the centrally scheduled exam period in week 15-16.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of functions and its inverse (including periodic, exponential, logarithmic functions), and differentiation.
Mathematical skills to solve standard and applied problems.
Knowledge of mathematical concepts, techniques and reasoning to interpret, analyse and solve unfamiliar and applied problems.
Effective communication using reasoning, mathematical symbol and conventions.
Effective employment of technology to solve problems.

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

Materials used in this course are available online. A reliable computer and internet connection is essential. Facilities are available on campus. A scientific calculator is sufficient. The Casio fx-82AU Plus II 2nd edition (scientific) is recommended and will be used for demonstrations. Free graphing calculators are available online. It is your responsibility to learn to use your calculator properly.

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

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

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.


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