Courses & Units

Mathematics Foundation Unit KMA003

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


** Semester 3 (Summer) offered Hobart (and by distance), Cradle Coast and Launceston Campus.

** Semester 2 offered Hobart (face to face lectures) and by video-conference to Launceston and Cradle Coast Campus.

** Subject to sufficient numbers

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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 mathematics background. A brief look at basic concepts of number and algebra will lead us 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, emphasising the importance of understanding the material conceptually and graphically. Graph sketching and optimization problems will demonstrate simple applications of the derivative. A brief look at integral calculus, with some applications in the direction of finding areas under curves, will bring this unit to a close.


Unit name Mathematics Foundation Unit
Unit code KMA003
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Jason Cosgrove
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Foundation


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
5 Week Session Jan A 3/1/2022 10/1/2022 20/1/2022 6/2/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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 simple mathematical models.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Semester 3 (Summer):  2 x 2-hr lectures per week, 1 x 2-hr tutorial per week

Semester 2:  1 x 2-hr lecture per week, 1 x 2-hr tutorial per week

AssessmentExamination (60%)|Assignment (x5) (40%)
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