MATHS 102 : Functioning in Mathematics


2024 Summer School (1240) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to calculus that builds mathematical skills and develops conceptual thinking. MATHS 102 works as a refresher course for those who haven’t studied Mathematics for some time, a confidence builder for those lacking Mathematical confidence and a preparation course for further study in Mathematics.

Course Overview

This course is intended for students who wish to gain mathematical confidence and develop skills in algebraic manipulation, mathematical thinking, trigonometry and calculus. It works well as a refresher course for students who haven't studied mathematics recently, or a catch-up course for those who didn't complete or excel in high school mathematics. After successfully completing MATHS 102, students will be well-prepared for further courses in mathematics, such as MATHS 108/110 and MATHS 162. Those not wishing to continue studying mathematics will find that the mathematical foundations laid in MATHS 102 will support their confidence and mathematical competence in whatever they choose to do.

Course Requirements

Restriction: MATHS 102 may not be taken concurrently with any other Mathematics course, except MATHS 190 and may not be taken after ENGSCI 111 or any Mathematics course at Stage I or above, except MATHS 190/190G

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Display mastery of the basic algebra concepts covered. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  2. Solve problems involving functions and/or calculus. (Capability 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7)
  3. Use mathematical notation logically and correctly. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  4. Validate and defend the ideas and axioms underpinning the mathematics. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Evaluate mathematics, personally, as a subject or area of study. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  6. Engage in group discussions and critical interactions. (Capability 5, 6 and 7)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 8% Individual Coursework
Assignments 12% Individual Coursework
Creative Work 4% Individual Coursework
Tutorials 8% Group Coursework
Semester Test 17% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 51% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Creative Work
Semester Test
Final Exam


Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for Māori and Pacific students providing topic specific tutorials, one-on-one sessions, test and exam preparation and more. Explore your options at

Whanaungatanga and manaakitanga are fundamental principles of our Tuākana Mathematics programme which provides support for Māori and Pasifika students who are taking mathematics courses. The Tuākana Maths programme consists of workshops and drop-in times, and provides a space where you are able to work alongside our Tuākana tutors and  other Māori and Pasifika students who are studying mathematics. 

Key Topics

In Maths 102 you will explore the mathematical ideas and solve problems associated with the themes of:
  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Trigonometry
...and concepts from calculus, such as:
  • Differentiation
  • Summation
  • Integration

Special Requirements

It is usual for the hour-long test to be held outside of normal hours (approx. 6:25pm to 7:30pm) during the working week.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in over summer school. For each week of this course, you can expect 8 hours of lectures, 2 one-hour tutorials, 1 one-hour quiz, 4 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 5 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

  • Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.
  • Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings.
  • The course will not include live online events.
  • Attendance on campus is required for the test and exam.
  • The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The primary resources for this course are the Maths 102 Coursebook and our Maths 102 Canvas interactive platform. There is no prescribed textbook for this course. 

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student feedback has not indicated a need for substantial changes to the course in this semester.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2023 10:52 a.m.