SSS072 Maths Skills 2 - Intermediate A (2)

Maths Skills 2 - Intermediate is taught as 2 sequential modules A and B, each 14 hours long. Maths Skills 2 - Intermediate A is designed for students who are entering University without a strong background in mathematics or who have limited recent practice and are planning to enrol in subjects requiring basic arithmetic skills, calculator skills and basic algebra. Some secondary level mathematics is desirable but not essential. This subject builds on the skills acquired in the Maths Skills 1 - Introductory subject so can be taken by students who have completed this subject and need to extend their mathematics knowledge further. A diagnostic test can be completed prior to the commencement of this subject for applicants who have not completed Maths Skills 1 - Introductory subject and need assistance to determine which of the two courses best fits their initial needs.


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: SSS072. 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:
  • be able to explain and apply the concepts of basic arithmetic;
  • be able to use a calculator confidently and correctly; and
  • be able to carry out calculations and use algebra accurately.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Arithmetic: order of operations, directed numbers, scientific notation, exact and approximate answers, significant figures, rounding, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, rates and the unitary method;
  • Calculator skills;
  • Basic algebra: simplifying algebraic expressions, indices and index laws, expanding brackets and binomial products, evaluating algebraic expressions, changing the subject of a formula, algebraic fractions and solving linear equations.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS072 in Term 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 %
Assessment item 1 - quiz
Assessment item 2 - quiz

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.