Unit aim

Mathematical ideas expands a student's knowledge of current mathematical knowledge as well the historical development of selected mathematical ideas. Topics include set and number theory, real and complex number systems, geometry, mathematical systems, systems of linear equations, counting techniques.

Unit content

Topic One: Proof and Critical Thinking in Mathematics
Topic Two: Set theory
Topic Three: Algebra, Graphs and Functions
Topic Four: Boolean Algebra and Logic. Truth tables, equivalent statements
Topic Five: Boolean Algebra and Logic - Switching Circuits, Propositional Calculus, Validity of an Argument
Topic Six: Number Theory
Topic Seven: Complex Numbers
Topic Eight: Geometry Topic Nine: Counting Techniques

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 1

  • Angel, A.R., Abbott, C.D., & Runde, D.C., 2013, A survey of Mathematics with applications, 9th edn, Pearson Addison Wesley, Boston. ISBN: 0321759664.

Session 3

  • Angel, AR, Abbott, CD, & Runde, DC, 2013, A survey of Mathematics with applications, 9th edn, Pearson Addison Wesley, Boston. ISBN: 0321759664.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (4)
Structured online learning 8 hrs (10)
Exam: closed book45%

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