Courses & Units

Mathematics Foundation Unit KMA003

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


** 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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The subject is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures and tutorials.

Mathematics Foundation Unit aims to cover pre-tertiary mathematics required for students who are planning to study science, engineering, computing or commerce at tertiary level. A brief look at basic concepts of numbers and algebra leads to the study of functions in general, specifically looking at polynomial, power, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic equations, functions and models. The concepts of the derivatives and rules of differentiation are discussed, emphasising the importance of understanding the material conceptually and graphically. Finally, integral calculus and applications brings this unit to a close.

There are no entrance pre-requisites to study the Mathematics Foundation Unit; however proficiency in year 10 mathematics is strongly advised.  Students who lack algebra proficiency are are advised to complete KMA002 Applied Mathematics Foundation prior to attempting KMA003.

Students who successfully complete the unit will be eligible for enrolment in any mathematics units taught at the University with  MTM415117 Mathematics Methods as a prerequisite.

This unit is free for Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents who are not required to pay any fees to the University or to contribute towards the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).


Unit name Mathematics Foundation Unit
Unit code KMA003
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics

Teaching staff

Dr Danijela Ivkovic and Dr Jason Cosgrove

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019
Summer school 1/1/2019 11/1/2019 28/1/2019 24/2/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,321.00 010101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Teaching Pattern

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • 2 x 2-hr lectures per week
  • 1 x 2-hr tutorial per week

Semester 2

  • 2 x 1-hr lectures per week
  • 1 x 2-hr tutorial per week

Semester 3 (Summer)

Weekly assignments (40%)

1 x 2-hr exam (60%)

Semester 2

Weekly assignments (40%)

1 x 45min mid-semester test (10%)

1 x 2-hr exam (50%)

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