Courses & Units

Mathematics 1A KMA152

KMA152 & KMA154 are requisite first year units for majors in Mathematics; Physics=; Engineering and are pre-requisites for many second year units.


The applicability of calculus and linear algebra is so broad that fluency in it is essential for a successful career in a variety of areas including science and engineering. This unit is devoted to the conceptual and logical development of these two main areas of mathematics, gradually building the tools for solving innumerable problems of great practical importance. In calculus part of the unit, a brief look at the Real Number System and their properties will lead us to the study of Functions in general and the study of special functions such as trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. The notion of limits will be utilized to define continuity and differentiability of functions, emphasizing the importance of understanding the material conceptually and graphically. This area will also help establish the technical skills necessary to solve problems arising in practical situations. One highlight of the unit will be the discussion of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, which unifies differential and integral calculus. An introduction to two and three dimensional vector spaces will be an essential part of the unit as the knowledge in that area is vital, particularly for studies in engineering and physics. This unit is a required unit in the Bachelor of Science mathematics major and Bachelor of Engineering students.


Unit name Mathematics 1A
Unit code KMA152
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? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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

* 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

  • Solve a range of real-world problems by using basic mathematical concepts and techniques
  • Solve differential calculus problems using appropriate mathematical techniques
  • Solve integral calculus problems using appropriate mathematical techniques
  • Use vectors in two and three dimensions to determine dot and cross products and to describe straight lines and planes.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



MTM415117 Mathematics Methods or higher) or (KMA003) or (KMA100)


Teaching Pattern

All teaching will be delivered from the Sandy bay campus.

On-Campus: 4x1-hr face-to-face lectorials and a 1x1-hr face-to-face tutorial.  

Off-Campus: 4x1-hr live stream of on-campus lectorial and 1x1-hr online tutorial.

All lectorials and the online tutorial will be recorded and made available to both on/off campus students all semester.

AssessmentShort answer preparation questions (10%)|Mid-Semester Test (20%)|Problem-solving assignments (30%)|End of year Exam (40%)
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