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Introduction to University Mathematics XPD151


Mathematics, equipped with the powerful tools logic and reasoning, is the key ingredient that enriches all areas of education. A sound knowledge in mathematics not only opens up numerous career options, but also helps to understand the world in which one operates. The unit aims to provide the necessary introductory knowledge that is essential to undertake university studies in mathematics, which require pre-tertiary mathematics background. Students will learn basic concepts of number and algebra, leading to the study of functions in general and the study of special functions such as trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. The concept of the derivative of a function will be discussed from first principles and applied to a range of real-world problems, emphasising the importance of understanding the material conceptually and graphically. Graph sketching and optimisation problems will demonstrate simple applications of the derivative. Students will learn skills of integral calculus, with applications to finding areas under curves. Students who successfully complete Introduction to University Mathematics will qualify for entry into units or degree programs at the University of Tasmania which have pre-tertiary Mathematics Methods 4 MTM514117 or equivalent as a prerequisite, including first year units Mathematics 1A (KMA152) and Mathematics 1B (KMA154). The unit may be taken as an elective to support other majors in the BSc or any other degree.


Unit name Introduction to University Mathematics
Unit code XPD151
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
DVC - Education
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Mr Damien Palmer
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart IPC Semester 1 On-Campus International
Hobart IPC Semester 2 On-Campus International
Hobart IPC Semester 3 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
IPC Semester 3 14/10/2024 4/11/2024 6/12/2024 24/1/2025
IPC Semester 1 26/2/2024 19/3/2024 12/4/2024 24/5/2024
IPC Semester 2 24/6/2024 15/7/2024 5/8/2024 13/9/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use mathematical terminology and notation to convey information related to elementary algebra, functions, graphs and calculus.
  • Evaluate expressions and solve equations which contain linear, rational, quadratic, power, exponential, logarithmic or trigonometric expressions.
  • Apply the product, quotient and chain rules of differentiation and anti-differentiation rules of integration to functions.
  • Plot functions using algebra and calculus techniques to determine the x and y intercepts, and stationary points on the graph of a function.
  • Apply algebra properties, function transformations and calculus techniques to interpret and solve simple real-world mathematical problems.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010101 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit


AssessmentMid-semester Hurdle Test (10%)|Final Exam (40%)|Assignment (50%)
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