MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
22 April 2020 24 April 2020 Non-Mandatory Trimester 1 Intensive School
02 December 2020 04 December 2020 Non-Mandatory Trimester 3 Intensive School
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions MATH101 or MATH102 or MATH120 or MATH123 or MTHS110 or MTHS120 or MTHS130

Students who are required to complete MTHS100 before enrolling for further MATH units may apply to the head of school for a waiver of the prerequisite requirements.

Students should email if they have any questions or would like clarification.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Jelena Schmalz (
Unit Description

In an increasingly data-driven world, the importance of quantitative skills has never been greater. However, not all students interested in the sciences have a strong mathematical background, or they may need a refresher of foundational topics once learned but since forgotten. In this unit, students will learn the importance of mathematics to science and develop mathematical understanding of core quantitative skills, allowing the confident application of basic mathematics required of any scientist. Important topics including algebraic concepts and functions are taught, allowing students to build a solid foundation before proceeding to more advanced units. This unit is intended to take a NSW HSC graduate in Mathematics General, and get them to the level of the beginning university maths unit (Quantitative Skills with Applications) taught at UNE.

Topics covered include algebraic concepts, including expanding, simplifying, and factorising simple algebraic expressions; working with fractions, units, and percentages; and rules for indices/powers; linear functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; quadratic functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; power and root functions, equations, inequalities, and graphs; and exponential and logarithmic functions, function composition, inverse functions.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. work effectively with algebraic expressions;
  2. graph different types of functions;
  3. solve different types of equations;
  4. solve different types of inequality; and
  5. find and apply inverse functions.