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# Exploring Numbers and Reasoning (MAST10023)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Dookie)

## Overview

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Exploring Numbers and Reasoning is designed for students requiring mathematical skills to provide a foundation for further academic studies. This subject covers basic mathematical and numeracy concepts in the context of academic reasoning and argument. Students will be introduced to a range of mathematical topics including basic calculations, algebra, linear equations, graphs, statistical and financial functions.

The subject will draw on content covered in the other subjects offered as part of the DiGS Extended program to provide practical and real-life examples to utilise and reinforce mathematical concepts presented as part of the subject.

## Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to

- perform calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages
- understand basic algebra and expand, factorise and collect terms
- solve linear equations, and simultaneous equations
- sketch and interpret straight line graphs, and solving real world problems using linear models
- understand and use exponential and logarithmic functions and problem solving
- understand the core Trigonometric functions – sine cosine and tangent and the ability to solve trigonometric equations.
- conduct basic statistical analysis such as averages (mean median and mode) variance, distribution and probability
- perform basic financial mathematical functions such cost benefit analysis, interest calculation and net present value
- utilise technology to assist in the analysis and application of mathematical and statistical knowledge

## Generic skills

- Problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies
- Analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis
- Collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team
- Time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments

Last updated: 31 January 2024