Unit description

Provides students with an introduction to mathematics in society, opportunities to build personal numeracy, as well as the skills and confidence to effectively engage with units in their course and future professional settings that require numeracy skills or applications of mathematics; includes ICT applications.

Unit content

Topic 1: Critical Thinking - Problem solving

Topic 2: System of Numeration

Topic 3: Number theory

Topic 4: Real Numbers

Topic 5: Introduction to Algebra

Topic 6: Algebra: Graphs and Functions

Topic 7: Measurement

Topic 8: Geometry

Topic 9: Probability; theoretical and experimental understandings

Topic 10: Descriptive Statistics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Angel, AR, Abbott, CD & Runde, DC, 2014, Survey of Mathematics with Applications, Pearson New International Edition,, Pearson, Harlow, England. ISBN: 9781292040196.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (6 weeks)
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)
Exam: closed book50%
Self Assessment with reflectionSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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