Summer Mathematics Bridging Course
Enrolment for the Summer Bridging Course
To obtain further details, contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics on 9266 7624 or email at Maths.Admin@curtin.edu.au
If you already have a form, fill it in and post it, together with a cheque (payable to Curtin University) to the address below. Alternatively, you may pay at payment gateway online form.
Please note: that the Department of Mathematics and Statistics cannot accept cash payments.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Building 314 Room 345
GPO Box U1987 Perth 6845
Tel: 9266 7624
Fax: 9266 3197
If you need more information please contact the office on the above number.
Note: Students who participate in the Summer Bridging Courses are advised not to have a full-time job during these weeks, otherwise they will not have sufficient time to study the material presented during lectures and prepare themselves for tutorials. Experience over the years has shown that most students are able to keep a part-time job.
For students who are starting a Curtin science or engineering degree course in 2016, there is a Mathematics prerequisite for many of these courses that for one reason or another many students have not achieved.
The courses, Bridging Mathematics A and Bridging Mathematics B, are offered on a fee-paying basis as a not-for-credit course.
We wish to offer an intensive program that is designed to bridge this gap and permit you to study your chosen course in 2016, subject to meeting all other pre-requisite requirements – including ATAR cutoffs.
If you are lacking more than one prerequisite, then a more in-depth enabling programme may be better suited to your needs, for example the Enabling Course in Science, Engineering & Health.
Subject to demand, there are two mathematics courses based on your year 12 background.
- Bridging Mathematics A: assumes you have successfully completed (or are likely to complete) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D. Successful completion of this unit prepares students for Curtin courses that require WACE Mathematics 3A/3B.
- Bridging Mathematics B: assumes you have successfully completed (or are likely to complete) WACE Mathematics 3A/3B. Successful completion of this unit prepares students for Curtin courses that require WACE Mathematics 3C/3D.
Current Curtin students should not do the above courses but should instead enrol in:
- MATH1007 Pre and Introductory Calculus (Summer School), if with a WACE Mathematics 2C/2D background, but lacking and requiring WACE Mathematics 3A/3B; or
- MATH1008 Calculus and Linear Algebra (Summer School), if with a WACE Mathematics 3A/3B background, but lacking and requiring WACE Mathematics 3C/3D.
Both bridging units are not-for-credit short courses offered on a fee-paying basis. These fees must be paid in full before commencing the course. The fees for 2016 are:
- Bridging Mathematics A: $924.
- Bridging Mathematics B: $924.
Structure of the Summer Bridging Courses
This not-for-credit bridging course is designed to enable students who have not completed WACE Mathematics 3A/3B, or equivalent to gain entry into a Curtin degree programme with this pre-requisite. It assumes students have successfully completed WACE Mathematics 2C/2D. This course is not intended to fully replace WACE Mathematics 3A/3B, but to provide students with sufficient background to successfully complete first year mathematics units at Curtin University.
Basic algebra: transposition of formulae, indices, solution of equations. Trigonometry. Functions: polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, transformations and inverse. Differential calculus: limits, continuity and differentiation rules. Matrices. Bridging, not remedial, in nature.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- manipulate basic algebraic problems.
- understand how natural and physical phenomena can be modelled by mathematical functions and will be equipped to study relationships between variables as described by these models, including an understanding of the relationship between their analytical and graphical representations.
- understand applications involving calculus and applications that relate to basic geometric problems.
This not-for-credit bridging course is designed to enable students who have not completed WACE Mathematics 3C/3D, or equivalent to gain entry into a Curtin degree programme with this pre-requisite. It assumes students have successfully completed WACE Mathematics 3A/3B. This course is not intended to fully replace WACE Mathematics 3C/3D, but to provide students with sufficient background to successfully complete first year mathematics units at Curtin University.
Revision of basic differentiation Product, quotient and chain rules Implicit differentiation and related rates Optimization and differential approximations Curve sketching Calculus with Exponential functions and logs Techniques of Integration and areas. Volumes of revolution. Vectors: arithmetic, lengths and angles and basic applications. Matrices: elementary matrix algebra, inverse of a 2 × 2 and solution of a 3 × 3 system of equations using row reduction.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- apply calculus to a wide-ranging variety of real-life problems drawn from business and the life and physical sciences.
- use vectors to solve two- and three-dimensional problems and matrices to solve systems of equations.
Each of the courses (Bridging Mathematics A and Bridging Mathematics B, or for current Curtin Students, MATH1007 (Summer School) and MATH1008 (Summer School)) runs face-to-face and intensively during January. The demands of these courses require a full-time Monday-to-Friday commitment, and are not designed for flexible or partial delivery.
- Intensive Study: 4 to 29 January 2016, inclusive, except for Tuesday 26 January (Australia Day).
- Final Exam: Friday 29 January 2016.
- Results released: Monday 1 February, 2016.
- Round 2 TISC offers: Wednesday 3 February, 2016.
A detailed programme calendar will be available in November, 2015.
Note:Successful completion of this course does not guarantee entry into your chosen course. However, completion of a bridging unit will be taken into consideration with your application as evidence of fulfilment of the corresponding prerequisite. As indicated above, both bridging units will be completed in time for second round TISC offers.