MTH110 The Evolution of Mathematics (8)

This subject is designed to develop students appreciation of the importance of mathematics in society as well as their personal numeracy. Students will further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. This will be developed by following the evolution of some mathematical concepts throughout history and how these concepts have aided in communication and interpretation of the world around us. The subject will focus on the application of mathematical understandings and techniques, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and reasoning in a broad range of contexts relevant to education and everyday lives.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH110. 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

Only available to students enrolled in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Education.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine and describe historical mathematical concepts and processes and discuss their impact on modern society;
  • be able to define the geometric concepts of shape and measurement and apply them in practice to different contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate models and patterns through the use of algebraic equations and apply these to everyday practice;
  • be able to collate, analyse and interpret data and communicate and make recommendations from the resulting information; and
  • be able to represent data to communicate information in an appropriate cultural format.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Measurement systems and their application, including the history and development of Babylonian and Hindu-Arabic number systems;
  • Algebra, including solving linear and quadratic equations, sequences and series, and applying algebraic techniques and reasoning;
  • Geometry, including coordinate geometry, geometrical shapes, transformations, similarity and congruence; and
  • Statistics and probability, including descriptive statistics, representing, analysing and interpreting data in graphs, tables and diagrams, and the normal distribution.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MTH110 in Session 2 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 %
Bksb diagnostic assessment
Online quiz
Topic test
Assignment 1: measurement and algebra
Assignment 2: algebra and geometry
Tutorial attendance
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.