MTH173 Introduction to Mathematics (1) (8)

This subject aims to develop numeracy knowledge and skills for everyday mathematical problems to a level appropriate for first year university studies. Students will learn to perform calculations with real numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. Simple geometry concepts, such as parallel lines, interior angles, circle geometry and similar figures are covered, as are compass directions and the everyday use of maps and plans.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH173. 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 Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems with familiar contexts;
  • be able to perform calculations in relation to two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures to solve mathematical problems;
  • be able to represent information in symbolic, graphical and tabular forms;
  • be able to represent the relationships between changing quantities in algebraic and graphical forms;
  • be able to use trigonometric concepts and formula to solve problems;
  • be able to determine an appropriate form of organisation and representation of collected data;
  • be able to represent and perform simple calculations in the likelihood of familiar events; and
  • be able to model financial situations using appropriate tools.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Perform calculations with real numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Simple Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Graphing
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Financial mathematics

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MTH173 in Session 2 2021. 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 %
Data collection and analysis
Financial mathematics
Final assessment task

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.