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MATH1100: Power of Number A

Semester 1, 2023 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit provides an introductory level of mathematics for students in the initial phase of a tertiary level program. Beginning with the number system, this unit develops understanding of basic algebra and equations, and gives an introduction to functions including the quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions. The various uses of mathematics by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for community agency, cultural knowledge management and practice, business enterprise, creative industries and research are incorporated in this unit, along with an emphasis on the roles of narrative and discovery. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lecturers and speakers will be involved in the delivery of this unit and culture-centred, case studies will feature throughout to demonstrate linkages between learning and future practice.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MATH1100
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator David Easdown,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Project 3
Research report on a topic of choice from block 3.
20% Formal exam period
Due date: 23 Jun 2023 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Project 1
Presentation on a topic of choice from block 1 along with research report.
25% Week 07
Due date: 05 Apr 2023 at 23:59
1000 words and up to 5 min presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz
Written in-class test
10% Week 07
Due date: 05 Apr 2023 at 17:00
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment group assignment Project 2
Presentation on a topic of choice from block 2 along with research report.
25% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
1000 words and up to 5 min presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Assignment Weekly tasks
Routine homework problems during and post block.
15% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
Multiple pages of working
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Reflective task
Written piece
5% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Project 1 on a topic from Block 1, with a written commentary and a brief spoken presentation.
  • Project 2 on a topic from Block 2, with a written commentary and a brief spoken presentation.
  • Project 3 on a topic from Block 3, with a written commentary.
  • Weekly homework, providing answers to selected exercises.
  • Quiz, answering questions in class.
  • Reflective essay relating to learning outcomes for the semester.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.


50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to unit of study, preliminaries and gaining fluency with numbers Block teaching (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Developing fluency with coordinate geometry and functions Block teaching (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Developing fluency with important functions, including quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions, with applications. Block teaching (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the role of narrative and collaboration in the development of mathematics, and appreciating the importance and value of a range of viewpoints.
  • LO2. Use existing knowledge and cultural perspectives to incorporate expanded understandings of mathematical concepts and logic; use these to solve mathematical problems and express mathematical ideas coherently in written and oral form.
  • LO3. Demonstrate fluency in manipulating real numbers, their symbolic representations, operations, and solve associated algebraic equations.
  • LO4. Develop fluency with lines, coordinate geometry in two dimensions, the notion of a function, its natural domain, range and graph.
  • LO5. Become conversant with elementary functions, including quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and be able to apply them to real phenomena and to yield solutions of associated equations.
  • LO6. Understand the links between learning and industry, professional and/or personal practice.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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