SSS008 Mathematics for the Sciences (4)


This subject will review foundation skills in mathematics such as calculator skills, unit conversions using the unit factor method, mathematical operations of using algebra, decimal, fractions, percentages, area, volume, trigonometry, and graphing techniques. The subject is particularly relevant to those students studying science and agriculture subjects for which some knowledge of mathematics is required.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 1
DistanceOrange Campus
Term 2
DistanceOrange Campus
Term 3
DistanceOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS008
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USOffice for Students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand and work with arithmetic and other basic concepts of mathematics;
  • understand and work with algebraic expressions;
  • understand and use trigonometry in a variety of applications;
  • interpret and apply a variety of graphical techniques;
  • use a calculator confidently and correctly;
  • develop support networks.


The subject will cover the following topics:
the scientific calculator; unit conversions; mathematical operations of using algebra, decimal fractions and percentages; calculation of area, volume and work rates using formulae and raw data; trigonometry; concepts of functions and graphs.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.