MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations

Lecturer Mr Michael Jennings
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty Science
Prerequisites MATH1040 or SA in Year 12 Maths B
Contact Hours 3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 1 Contact hour
Semester(s) Taught Semesters 1 + 2
Course Units 2
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Learning Materials ( 100 )
Learning Activities ( 97.5 )
Blackboard Management ( 97.5 )
Course Content ( 95 )
Course Structure ( 98.8 )
Contact Availability ( 97.5 )
Course Difficulty ( 32.5 )

Reviews (4)

MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations 88.6

This course is a great math course for those that need to complete it. It starts with a slow introduction to vectors, applications of vectors, complex numbers before diving into matrices, lines and planes, and calculus.

If you are struggling at the start, I highly recommend going over the Chapter 1 material which covers basic sets, elements, intervals, absolute value, surds, index and log laws, and trig. Also learn to become good at algebra (by practice!)

Lectures are good, but I found them too slow at times, so I preferred to either just read the workbook or watch the edx videos in advance.

Workshops are very good as attendence is compulsory (counts for 5% of overall mark), it helps you stay up to date with content.

The midsemester exam was very easy (I got 100%) if you just do the worksheet questions, and all the practice midsem exams you will literally be fine.

Final exam was not that difficult either, just do the worksheet questions and practice papers, you don't need a textbook or anything, there is literally a plethora of resources on BB.

I would say lines and planes was the most difficult topic, so make sure you pay attention to this. The best way is to get a 3D calculator online or get really good at visualising lines and planes and their respective normals. Every other topic had fairly straightforward solutions.

Assignments were easy, more justification the better (I lost a couple marks for not explaining what I thought was trivial)

This course in conjunction with MATH1061 is a good combination as a lot of the function/set material overlaps and refines your understanding thereof.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2022

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Is the textbook necessary?


  • Easy 7
  • Great staff
  • Enjoyable content
  • Nothing really
Posted on June 17, 2022 1:28 am
MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations 92.1

Actual Semester Taken: Semester 2, 2021.

My experience in this course was too good for me not to write a review.

The course content is very well organised, with ALL the core content you're required to learn being in the course workbook.

As for the course staff, I couldn't have asked for more competent teachers. Both Dr Sam Hambleton and Dr Poh Wah Hillock were incredible. They both have distinct teaching styles and personally I found both of them equally as valid and effective. Sam is very by-the-book when it comes to lecturing, taking the time to explain every line, line by line. Poh's style is more vibrant and energetic. I know lots of people appreciated Poh's regular use of examples and visual representations of the workbook's content.

How to do well:
1. Show up. Most people don't show up to lectures or any of the countless help sessions available every week and then complain that they're not doing well. Coming to the lectures each week allows you to meet your lecturers (if you want) and, importantly, meet other people taking the course. Instead of hoping that you'll manage the motivation/discipline to watch the lecture recording, show up, ask questions and get involved - doing this alone, with around 5 or so extra hours of work per week is easily enough to get a 7 in this course.

2. You're not 'too good' for the help sessions/SLTs/consultations. The number of people, again, who blow off the help sessions as being for people who are weaker with the course material are wrong. Almost all of the people who showed up the HELP sessions performed very well in the course (6/7s). So if you don't have a clash, show up to the HELP sessions - the SLTs are particularly useful. In the SLTs, you typically go through past paper questions, in which Poh further explains the core content more in depth, with additional examples. These are also a great place to get to know people in the course as they are smaller groups.

3. Get into a weekly routine of completing the relevant practice resources for that week. For example, let's say you've just finished your first week of Vectors. Complete the applicable Vector Practice Quizzes, Workshop sheets and past paper questions. Boom! That's it. You're done for the week. Do this every week and you will very likely get a 7.

As a final, general note, if you're worried about not being mathematically competent enough to take this course, whether it's because you think you 'suck at maths' or because you're out of practice, don't be. Simply show up, build relationships with your lecturers, tutors and peers and you'll be fine. There is more than enough help available - make use of it.

Good luck.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2021

Your program/major


Is lecture attendance necessary?

Highly recommend.

Is the textbook necessary?

Yes - the workbook serves as a summary of all core course content.

  • Help availability
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  • Content organisation and specificity
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Posted on November 24, 2021 7:32 pm
MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations 92.5

Personally I found this course pretty straight forward with a great structure overall. The bound lecture notes ($15.50) were really helpful when following the working done throughout the lectures. Weekly assessable tutorial quizzes were also helpful, even though they weren't worth much they encouraged students to attend tutorials - hence stay somewhat up to date with the content. The lecture materials uploaded online were very concise including the standard recordings plus downloadable completed lecture notes with the lecturers annotations and a brief summary of each chapter being covered. Assignments were given with ample time to complete and marks were generally received a week afterwards. The final exam required plenty of study/preparation as the first half (part A) required a total of 80% (20 of 25 marks) to pass. This means cramming would not be suggested as quite a large amount of content (chapters 3 - 9) was covered. Another positive was that the content covered in the mid semester exam (chapters 1-3) wasn't included in the final.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major


  • Helpful learning materials
  • Impossible to cram
Posted on June 24, 2014 10:39 pm
Blake Alexander
MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations 98.3

The course starts of with (mostly) maths B revision and gently eases you into math C contexts, whilst it isn't a replacement for two years of math C it is certainly a good equivalent.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

Bachelors of Engineering and Information Technology

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Posted on June 1, 2014 11:58 pm

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