Foundation Mathematics

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundation Mathematics

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Foundation Mathematics aims to provide a solid basis from which to build a wider set of mathematical skills across a broad range of disciplines. You may be looking to further studies in Education, IT, Business, Engineering, or any of the Physical or Social Sciences; all of which require a solid grounding in mathematics. The course has been constructed to cater for those who either did not study and pass Mathematical Methods (or Qld Maths B) in Year 11/12, OR have been away from study for some years and wish to refresh the mathematical skills required for further study. Successfully completing this course will satisfy all courses that have Mathematical Methods (or Qld Maths B) as a pre-requisite, such as Linear Algebra and Calculus I. Foundation Mathematics covers the following topics. Working with Numbers, Algebraic methods, Solving equations, Understanding Functions, and both Differential and Integral Calculus. Mathematical thinking, as well as problem solving and reasoning, are developed throughout the course.


    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Manipulate numbers and mathematical notation to perform accurate calculations.
    2  Solve real world problems by using algebraic techniques.
    3  Identify and graph functions (e.g. Linear, Quadratic) and understand the transformations that result from changing variables.
    4  Apply the concepts of rates of change of functions using differential calculus and calculate the derivative using sum, product, quotient and chain rules
    5  Define integrals and integral calculus techniques to solve problems.
    6  Create a "mathematical thinking" approach to developing models that describe real life problems in the physical and social sciences and evaluate their effectiveness.
    7  Critically review a mathematical model and describe its strengths and limitations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.