SSS018 Foundation Mathematics (4)


This subject will review foundation skills in mathematics including order of operations, signed numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, index numbers, scientific notation & significant figures, algebra, equations solving, graphs, trigonometry with right angle triangles, and problem solving strategies. The subject is particularly relevant to those students needing to update their skills and confidence before studying a mathematics or mathematics related subject.

+ 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: SSS018
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:
  • be able to use a calculator confidently and correctly;
  • understand and work with arithmetic;
  • understand and work with algebraic expressions;
  • understand concepts of functions, variables and graphs;
  • apply problem solving skills to practical problems.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Order of operations - Signed numbers - Fractions, decimals and percentages - Index numbers - Scientific notation & significant figures - Algebra - Equations solving - Graphs - Trigonometry with right angle triangles - Problem solving strategies


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.