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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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


Division of Student Services

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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS008 in Term 3 2019. 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 %
Multiple choice test

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.