MATH 1026 Quantitative Thinking

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300831

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Description This level 1 unit develops the quantitative skills that underpin many fields of study in the sciences. The content covered includes basic algebra, functions, graphs, equations, linear and quadratic, introductory probability and descriptive statistics. These mathematical/statistical concepts will be revised and developed using scientific concepts such as molarity and dilution, optical density, population growth, and predator-prey models. In all aspects of this unit, students will be developing and using critical thinking skills to solve mathematical/statistical problems set in a scientific context.

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects MATH 1011 - Fundamentals of Mathematics MATH 1027 Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Restrictions Students may complete the three subjects Quantitative Thinking, Analysis of Change and Mathematics 1A in the following order: 300831 Quantitative Thinking, 300830 Analysis of Change, 300672 Mathematics 1A. This means that students may complete 300831 before attempting 300830, but not after. 300830 and 300831 may be attempted before 300672, but not after. Students may not enrol in 300831 and 300830 or 300831 and 300672 or 300830 and 300672 in the same teaching session. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering Science may not enrol in any of the subjects 300830, 300831 or 300672.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic competence in algebraic manipulation and some familiarity with elementary probability and statistical concepts.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Manipulate algebraic and numeric expressions.
  2. Recognise and draw graphs representing linear, quadratic , logarithmic and exponential functions.
  3. Solve linear equations, and quadratic equations.
  4. Use modelling techniques to represent basic biological systems.
  5. Describe data in both numerical and graphical forms.
  6. Communicate mathematical and statistical ideas using standard practices.
  7. Employ critical thinking skills to solve mathematical and statistical problems set in a scientific context.

Subject Content

- Critical Thinking Skills: Problem-solving strategies; Inductive and Deductive reasoning.
- Numeracy and Calculation: Fractions; Index rules; SI units; Scientific notation; Rounding and estimation; Significant figures; Accuracy and precision; Using a calculator.
- Basic Algebra Review: Substitution in formulae; Rearranging formulae; Proportional reasoning.
- Interpretation: functions; graphs - linear, parabola, logarithmic, exponential; linear equations, quadratic equations.
- Uncertainty and Probability: introductory probability; basic statistics; Descriptive statistics; Random variables and probability distributions; the Normal distribution; treatment and assessment of errors; introductory hypothesis testing; introductory l

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Class Test 50 minutes 20 N Individual
5 x Practical Quizzes 30 minutes each 10 N Individual
5 x Tutorial Quizzes Up to 15 minutes each 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 Y Individual

Autumn External

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
5 x Practical Quizzes 30 minutes each 10 N Individual
4 x Assignments Worked solutions for assignments 40 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 Y Individual

Spring External

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
5 x Practical Quizzes 30 minutes each 10 N Individual
4 x Assignments Worked solutions for assignments 40 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 Y Individual

Summer A Online

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
2 x Assignments - Written, short answer Approximately 5 questions each, each taking approx. 5 hours in total 20 N Individual
5 x Online Quizzes 30 minutes each 10 N Individual
Class Test 50 minutes 20 N Individual
Final exam 2 hours 50 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2021-2022 Summer

Online (Summer A)

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2022 Semester 1

Campbelltown

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Hawkesbury

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2022 Semester 2

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Hawkesbury

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