MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (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 covers the specialist mathematics required to pursue a major in engineering science, mathematics or physics. The unit provides students with a strong foundation in calculus, vectors, complex numbers and matrices.
Students are able to (1) use the language of mathematics competently to explain mathematical concepts; (2) solve problems involving polynomials, reciprocal trigonometric functions, and finite series and sequences; (3) manipulate complex numbers; (4) apply calculus methods including implicit differentiation and substitution by parts; (5) use vectors, matrices and basic vector calculus to solve simple mathematical problems; and (6) apply proof by induction.
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 Miccal Matthews
Unit rules
Mathematics Methods ATAR
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Mathematics Specialist ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
Mathematics Specialist ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week
This unit is designed for students who have completed Math Methods ATAR or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations – Methods or equivalent, or have failed Mathematics Specialist ATAR.
  • 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.