MATHS165-23A (HAM)

General Mathematics

15 Points

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School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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What this paper is about

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This paper is provided for students who do not meet the entry requirements for at least one of ENGEN101 Engineering Mathematics and Modelling 1A, MATHS101 Introduction to Calculus, MATHS102 Introduction to Algebra, and MATHS135 Discrete Structures. A clear pass of at least C- in this paper can be used to gain entry to ENGEN101, MATHS102, and MATHS135. For admission into MATHS101, a minimum B- grade is required. This MATHS165 paper has no sequel at 200 level.

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 ENGEN101, MATHS101, MATHS102, and MATHS135 mentioned above.

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

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This paper will have three lectures each week. There will also be a weekly tutorial starting from the SECOND week of the trimester.

Lectures will cover the mathematical material which includes worked examples and examples of practical applications. Committed participation improves learning, skill development, and understanding.

Tutorials provide a less formal atmosphere for individual and group study in the presence of a sessional assistant. At tutorials, you may clarify points from lectures, work through exercises, prepare for the weekly quiz, and prepare for tests.

Please note that the tutorials listed are subject to change - late tutorial additions and deletions may occur depending on student numbers. Please check the tutorial sign-ups on Moodle for the latest information.

Tutorials commence in the SECOND week of teaching (Monday 6 March). Tutorial sign-ups will be posted on Moodle and accessible from 9.00 am on Thursday 23 February until closure at 5.00 pm on Friday 3 March. After this period, online tutorial sign-ups will be closed so you will need to contact the School Administrator (either by going to Room G.1.21 or by email to to sign into a tutorial that still has space available.

You should be OFFICIALLY SIGNED into the tutorial you wish to attend or you may be REFUSED ENTRY on arrival at class (class rolls will be taken before each tutorial begins - if your name is not on the class list provided to the tutor you may be asked to leave).

Please choose one tutorial – duration of 50 minutes. Each tutorial can only accommodate a limited number of students so if your first choice is full you will need to choose an alternative time. So be in early to get your preferred choice.
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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. No arrangements have been made to have it available from Waikato Print. However, if it does become available from Waikato Print, make sure it is the 2023 version.

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

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a CALCULATOR (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 (any variant) - available from most stationery shops. Students without a calculator will be heavily disadvantaged.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate mathematical tools and techniques in solving appropriate problems
    Linked to the following assessments:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the mathematical topics covered
    Linked to the following assessments:
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How you will be assessed

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There will be weekly quizzes on Moodle which students have until 11.59 pm of each Sunday 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 Sunday, 5 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 25 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 Sunday 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 put your device pointer over the boxes where your answers are.

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:

Monday 3 April 6.30 pm-7.30 pm (17.5%)

Tuesday 23 May 6.30 pm-7.30 pm (17.5%)

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.

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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 (3 April)
  • Other: Hand in at end of test
3. Test 2 (23 May)
  • Other: Hand in at end of test
4. Final examination
  • Other: Hand in at end of exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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