MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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 Psychological Science; Exercise and Health; Sport Science; Chemistry; Psychology; Sport Science, Exercise and Health 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 Arts and Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit is intended for students with little or no maths background, or students who have failed Mathematics Applications ATAR. The unit gives students a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics.. Topics include number systems, fractions and decimals, algebra, solution of equations, factoring, rational expressions, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, functions, graphs of functions, applications of linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithm functions and their applications.
Students are able to (1) use BIDMAS, fractions and decimals; (2) perform basic algebraic manipulation; (3) solve problems involving simple rational expressions, exponents and radicals; (4) solve problems involving simple linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithm functions; and (5) sketch basic mathematical functions.
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 Thomas Stemler (Semester 1); Professor Snezhana Abarzhi (Winter); and Associate Professor John Bamberg (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50) or with permission.
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50 or greater) or equivalent or higher.
Contact hours
3 x 1 hr lectures and 1 x 1hr workshop
This unit is not suitable for students who have attempted or completed Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher. Students who have attempted and failed Mathematics Methods ATAR are advised to enrol in MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations – Methods. Students looking for a Category A broadening unit in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences area of knowledge may be interested in the following unit, MATH1601 Mathematics: from the Renaissance to Modern Day (little or no maths background is assumed).
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.