Courses & Units

Applied Mathematics Foundation KMA002


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 carrier options, but also helps to understand the world in which one operates. The unit aims to provide the necessary basic knowledge that is essential to undertake tertiary studies, which require pre-tertiary background in mathematics and statistics. A brief look at basic concepts and notation of sets will lead us to the study of linear algebra and systems of linear equations related to graphs of linear functions. We will then study algebra with indices, logarithms and trigonometry. The concept of sequences and series will be introduced through arithmetic and geometric progressions. The unit will conclude with studies of probability and statistics. We look at dependent and independent events, conditional probability and probability tables. We will also discuss permutations and combinations. Finally, we will investigate collecting data, presenting categorical and discrete data, data distributions and correlations between variables.


Unit name Applied Mathematics Foundation
Unit code KMA002
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Jason Cosgrove
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Foundation


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Read and communicate in relevant mathematical language and notation.
  • Use numerical calculations to solve real-world problems.
  • Graphically represent and interpret experimental data.
  • Solve systems of linear equations using matrices.

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
010199 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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Teaching Pattern

On campus:  1 x 2hr lecture per week via ‘Zoom’ and 1 x 2hr tutorial per week face-to-face.

Off campus:  1 x 2hr lecture per week and 1 x 2hr tutorial per week via ‘Zoom’.

All ‘Zoom’ sessions are recorded and avaialable to both on/off campus students.


AssessmentMid-semester hurdle test (10%)|Examination (40%)|Assignments (50%)
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