School Of Computing, Engineering And Mathematics

Quantitative ThinkingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300831.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Basic competence in algebraic manipulation and some familiarity with elementary probability and statistical concepts.

Equivalent Units
200191 - Fundamentals of Mathematics; 700123 Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students may complete the three units Quantitative Thinking, Analysis of Change and Mathematics 1A in the following order: 300831 Quantitative Thinking, 300830 Analysis of Change, 300672 Mathematics 1A. This means that students may complete 300831 before attempting 300830, but not after. 300830 and 300831 may be attempted before 300672, but not after. Students may not enrol in 300831 and 300830 or 300831 and 300672 or 300830 and 300672 in the same teaching session. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering Science may not enrol in any of the units 300830, 300831 or 300672.

About this Unit
This level 1 unit develops the quantitative skills that underpin many fields of study in the sciences. The content covered includes basic algebra, functions, graphs, equations, linear and quadratic, introductory probability and descriptive statistics. These mathematical/statistical concepts will be revised and developed using scientific concepts such as molarity and dilution, optical density, population growth, and predator-prey models. In all aspects of this unit, students will be developing and using critical thinking skills to solve mathematical/statistical problems set in a scientific context.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Scientific calculator, access to a computer with the appropriate mathematics software.

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