MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Physiology; Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Computer Science; Genetics; Anatomy and Human Biology; Chemistry major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Computer Science second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides students with a solid understanding of mathematical functions and their applications. It also introduces students to the fundamentals of calculus and some basic statistics and probability.
Students are able to (1) use the language of mathematics to explain mathematical concepts; (2) solve problems involving trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; (3) solve problems involving linear, quadratic and simple simultaneous equations; (4) apply methods of differentiation and integration to polynomials, exponentials and logarithms; and (5) explain the basics of statistics and probability.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nazim Khan
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or Mathematics Methods ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50) or equivalent .
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1; MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus; MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods; or STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
This unit has been designed for students who have passed either Mathematics Applications ATAR or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent, or have failed Mathematics Methods ATAR. Students who have failed Mathematics Specialist ATAR are advised to enrol in MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations – Specialist.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.