MATHS165-22A (HAM)

General Mathematics

15 Points

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School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Paper Description

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This paper is provided for students wishing to take at least one of MATHS101 Introduction to Calculus, MATHS102 Introduction to Algebra, and MATHS135 Discrete Structures, but who do not meet the entry requirements . A clear pass of at least C- in this paper can be used to gain entry to MATHS102 and MATHS135. For admission into MATHS101, a minimum B- grade is required. This MATHS165 paper has no sequel at 200 level.

If you have done sufficiently well at school, you should consider enrolling in MATHS101 and/or MATHS102 and/or MATHS135.

This paper provides passing students with sufficient understanding and proficiency in basic mathematical concepts and skills to enable them to handle the mathematical aspects of their undergraduate studies (if this paper is their terminating mathematics paper) or to advance into one or more of the mainstream papers MATHS101, MATHS102, and MATHS135 mentioned above.

This paper is taught together with MATHS166 Management Mathematics. There will be small variations between the two papers in the questions asked in quizzes, tests, and the final examination.

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Paper Structure

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Three lectures and one 50 minute tutorial per week.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the mathematical topics covered
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  • Apply appropriate mathematical tools and techniques in solving appropriate problems
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There will be weekly quizzes on Moodle which students have until 11.59 pm of each Friday to complete. There are 11 quizzes with there being no quiz in the last week of the trimester. Each quiz will be available at 12 noon on Monday of the same week. Recommended exercises to attempt before a tutorial and quiz will be available by the Friday of the previous week. Note that the very first quiz to be completed by 11.59 pm on Friday, 11 March will be a quiz on NCEA Level 2 Mathematics material just to give you an idea of what you can still recall from high school. There will be revision of this material in the first few weeks of the trimester.

Some further information about the weekly quizzes is as follows:

(a) Each quiz will have eight questions with each question chosen randomly from a Question Bank.

(b) After starting the quiz, you have 20 minutes to complete it.

(c) Students will need pen and paper on hand with which to do working and a calculator would be handy.

(d) Students will be permitted up to two attempts at each quiz with the best mark (if two attempts are made) being the recorded mark.

(e) You will need to agree to an integrity statement before starting each quiz. Students should do the quizzes by themselves without the aid of other people or resources on the Internet. Students should not share information with other students about the contents of the quizzes that they took.

(f) Students can review their attempt at a quiz and see their mark within two minutes of clicking "Submit all and finish" or after the quiz is closed at 11.59 pm on Friday evening. Note that a review after the quiz has just been completed will not provide the correct answers to questions answered incorrectly. However, a review after the quiz is closed will provide the correct answers.

If you miss a weekly quiz with a good reason, you may do nothing on the grounds that only the best eight out of 11 quiz marks are counted allowing three spares for such cases of sickness or unexpected circumstances. These best eight quizzes contribute 15% to the overall assessment.

The other internal assessment marks will come from TWO Tests (together worth 35% of the overall assessment) as follows:

Tuesday 12 April 6.00 pm-7.20 pm (17.5%) (Date to be confirmed)

Tuesday 31 May 6.00 pm-7.20 pm (17.5%) (Date to be confirmed)

Note that the 80 minute time for each test includes time for students to scan and upload their answers.

An UNRESTRICTED pass (i.e. C- or better) will only be awarded to students who achieve both a final overall mark of at least 50% and an final examination mark of at least 40%. A final overall grade of RP (Restricted pass) will not be accepted as a prerequisite for entry into any higher level Mathematics paper.

CALCULATORS will be required (any basic scientific calculator, but NO graphics or more advanced calculators). You are strongly advised to purchase a suitable calculator at the beginning of the paper so that you have time to become familiar with it. Suggested Calculator: Casio FX82 - available from most stationery shops.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 11 quizzes (only the best 8 are counted)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 1 (12 April TBC)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test 2 (31 May TBC)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final examination
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A PDF file containing the Lecture Notes and Exercises booklet will be posted on Moodle - the booklet will NOT be available from Campus Print.

You will need a copy of this booklet to work from.

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Online Support

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All information relating to this paper including your internal assessment marks will be posted on Moodle.
It is your responsibility to check your marks are entered correctly.
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Three lectures and one 50 minute tutorial per week. Also, this is a 15 point paper which means students are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week on this paper (lectures, tutorials, preparation, revision, ...)

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Note: This paper may not be taken concurrently with or subsequent to obtaining a pass in: MATHS101 Introduction to Calculus or MATHS102 Introduction to Algebra.

Students not meeting the entry criteria given below under Prerequisite(s) may be advised to take MATHS168 Preparatory Mathematics before attempting MATHS165.

Experience in this and similar papers indicates strongly that students who miss a significant number of sessions, and those who do not keep up with the work are unlikely to pass. You are strongly advised not to take the paper lightly. You will find that it requires the same diligence and commitment as other papers.

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Prerequisite papers: 18 credits at Level 2 in NCEA Mathematics, or 10 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Calculus, or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Mathematics, or at least a B- in MATHS168, or equivalent.




Restricted papers: MATHS166

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