MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is 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 elective
This unit gives students a strong background in calculus, vectors and matrices. The content of this unit is limits and continuity; differentiation and its applications; integration and its applications; vectors in three dimensions; matrices; and mathematical reasoning.
Students are able to (1) use the language of mathematics competently; (2) employ mathematical skills, concepts and facts to solve problems; (3) appreciate the mathematical idea of functions; (4) understand the calculus concepts of differentiation and integration, and be familiar with some of their applications; and (5) understand vectors and matrices and how to use them.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) end-of-semester 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 David Pfefferle (S1), Associate Professor Serena Dipierro (S2), Dr Thomas Stemler (Summer)
Unit rules
Mathematics Methods ATAR
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Mathematics Specialist ATAR; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D; MATH1712 Intermediate Mathematics Specialist; MATH1035 Calculus and Matrices;
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-G_2019]
  • 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.