This course on Foundational Mathematics is designed to bring students to a level of
mathematical literacy that will assist in university studies. The course is divided into four main
topics: using and applying mathematics, number and algebra, shape, space, and
measurements, and handling data.
The course will help students develop the following skills:
Problem solving skills through investigating a variety of problems to improve students'
ability to think for themselves and organise their work;
Communication skills: students will be given opportunities to show that they can read
mathematics and write about their work in a variety of ways using graphs, symbols, and
diagrams; listen to and understand instructions; and explain their ideas clearly to others.
In addition, the course will develop students' ability to carry out calculations without or
on paper or using a calculator as appropriate; and to use mathematics in other subjects
while developing an understanding of the part it plays in the world around us.
The Mathematics scheme of work is based on a modular (topic) approach. Lectures are
designed to encourage students to investigate and discuss mathematics imaginatively.
The course is divided into four parts with four attainment targets:
Using and applying mathematics
using mathematics for practical tasks and applications to real-life problems,
investigations in mathematics, solving problems, mathematical reasoningNumber and algebra
introduction to algebra; symbols and graphs; coordinates; fractions, decimals, ratio,
percentages, angles and polygons, calculations, estimations, equations and formulae
Shape, space, and measurements
Symmetry, perimeter, area, volume and angles, position, linear functions
The use of probability and the collection, processing, representation, and interpretation
of data, statistics: the how and the why
Classes will involve lectures, demonstrations, class discussions, group work, computer or
practical activities, as well as opportunities for students to consolidate concepts and skills
through exercises and problem solving.
The continuous assessment exercise for this course will account for 40% of the final course
mark. The final examination will account for 60% of the final course mark.