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 Outlines
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Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange 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

Grading System



One session


Office for Students

Learning Outcomes

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.


This 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.


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.