MTH105 Introductory Mathematics (8)

This subject is designed for students who enter university without a strong background in mathematics and who are planning to enrol in subjects requiring basic numeracy skills such as science, finance, teaching, computing and information technology. The subject reinforces calculation skills, basic algebra, working with formulae and applications of exponential and logarithmic functions.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH105. 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


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed MTH101 may not enrol in MTH105.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics to at least the level of secondary Standard Mathematics.

Subject Relationships

MTH101 MTH101 is a more advanced mathematics subjects than MTH105. MTH105 is used (among other things) to prepare students for MTH101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to carry out calculations and use algebra accurately;
  • be able to plot and interpret graphs;
  • be able to use exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions in applications;
  • be able to calculate the sums of arithmetic and geometric series and use them in simple financial calculations;
  • be able to use vectors in scientific applications;
  • be able to use the basic rules of differentiation and calculate derivatives of elementary functions;
  • be able to use the basic rules of integration and calculate integrals of polynomial functions; and
  • be able to interpret and write about applications of mathematics in their field of study.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Use of calculator, significant figures, scientific notation
  • Algebra
  • Geometry, measurement, the SI system of units
  • Graphs and functions
  • Arithmetic and geometric series
  • Logarithms and exponential functions
  • Exponential growth and decay
  • Trigonometry and vectors
  • Calculus of elementary functions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MTH105 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1 - calculations, algebra & measurement
Test - basic maths skills
Assignment 2 - graphs, logs, exponentials & series
Assignment 3 - trigonometry, vectors & calculus
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.