MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals

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; Psychological Science; Exercise and Health; Sport Science; Data Science; Anatomy and Human Biology; 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 additional unit in the Data Science second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This unit is intended for students with either Mathematics Applications ATAR or for those who have little or no maths background. The unit gives students a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the mathematics needed by all Science and Business students. The topics in this unit are 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) perform basic algebraic manipulation; (2) work with linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithm functions, and use them in applications; and (3) sketch basic mathematical functions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) a final 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 Miccal Matthews
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR
with permission
ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics 3A/3B; MATH0700 Preparatory Mathematics; ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics;
Contact hours
3 x 1 hr lectures and 1 x 1hr workshop
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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.
  • 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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.