MTH172 Mathematics (8)

In this CSU-TPC subject, students learn the skills and knowledge required to solve every day and work related mathematical problems using mensuration in two and three dimensions including areas and volumes, similarity of two-dimensional figures, linear and non-linear functions and spherical geometry, trigonometry and introductory algebra.

Students also learn the skills and knowledge required to understand how statistics are used in real-world situations. Students will learn how to analyse and compare univariate data sets using measures of centre and measures of spread; examine and describe relationships between bivariate data sets using correlation and make predictions using linear regression.

Students also work with others to gather research information to support a group research project and create appropriate electronic presentations of the project findings.


Subject Outlines
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Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH172. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Office for Students

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the CSU Pathway Program - Diploma of General Studies.

Assumed Knowledge

Cert III level mathematics and statistics or year 12 2 Unit mathematics

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Use mensuration of perimeters, areas and volumes to solve practical problems
  • Use similarity properties of two dimensional figures to solve practical problems
  • Use trigonometric concepts, functions and formulae to solve practical problems
  • Apply the mathematical model of the sphere to solve problems of distance and time on earth
  • Apply mathematics in commercial situations
  • Use linear relations and their graphs to solve practical problems
  • Use non-linear algebraic functions and their graphs to solve practical problems
  • Calculate and compare univariate data sets using measures of centre and spread for populations
  • Examine and describe relationships between bivariate data sets using correlation
  • Make predictions using linear regression
  • Use relevant statistical language and notations appropriately
  • Plan, prepare and conduct research project for a group project
  • Contribute to a group research project
  • Develop and review the group research project
  • Create electronic presentations of statistical data


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Mensuration in two and three dimensions (area and volume)
  • Similarity of two-dimensional figures
  • Trigonometry
  • Spherical geometry: longitude and latitude; distances and real time differences on earth
  • Wage and salary calculations
  • Simple and compound interest and depreciation
  • Introductory algebra
  • Linear and non-linear functions
  • Univariate data sets
  • Measures of centre
  • Measures of spread
  • Correlation
  • Linear regression
  • Data collection
  • Statistical research project
  • Electronic presentations


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.