Maths Basic Course

Maths Basic is designed for students with minimal mathematics ability, or limited recent practice, but some secondary level mathematics - at least Year 10 Mathematics or equivalent - is desirable.

The Maths Basic course teaches the elementary skills necessary to manipulate algebraic expressions and equations, and also places a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding. It aims to teach students the connection between everyday life problems and the abstract world of mathematics. Using applied examples from a wide variety of topics ranging from finance to physics and life sciences, students will gain the ability to transform problems from a verbal description into the language of mathematics and solve them confidently by applying the rules of algebra.

A successful completion in Maths Basics will meet pre-requisites for Maths Bridging.

What will I learn?

Maths Basics will cover the following topics:

  • Sets of Numbers, Operations on Real Numbers & Algebraic Expressions
  • Mathematical Modelling: from Verbal Descriptions to Algebraic Equations
  • Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
  • Introduction to Graphing and Equations of Lines
  • Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Exponents & Polynomials
  • Factoring of Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions & Equations
  • Roots & Radical Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Graphs of Quadratic Equations in Two Variables & Introduction to Functions

Note: these are non-award courses, and are not registered for CRICOS and are only available to students who do not require a student visa.

2016 Course Dates & Fees

The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-8 pm).

Tuition Fee Semester 1 intake*
$1500 Application deadline 15 February
First Teaching period 15 February - 1 April
Teaching Break 4 - 15 April
Second Teaching period 18 April - 10 June

Tuition Fee Semester 2 intake*
$1500 Application deadline 18 July
First Teaching period 18 July - 2 September
Teaching Break 5 September - 16 September
Second Teaching period 19 September - 11 November

*Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments.

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