Who should take the Maths Bridging Course
The short answer is that any student who needs or wants to take Mathematics and Applications 1 (MATH1013) as part of their degree program, but does not have the required prerequisite knowledge, should seriously consider taking the bridging course. We expect MATH1013 students to know at least the content of an ACT Specialist Mathematics major-minor, or the content of the HSC Mathematics Extension 1 course, or an equivalent from another jurisdiction.
Who needs to take MATH1013 (or a higher-level course)?
MATH1013 is our mainstream first year course taken by many STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students. Although Mathematics is the final letter in ‘STEM’, it ranks first in importance because it is the foundation on which the three other disciplines are built! MATH1013 (or, at a more advanced level, MATH1115) covers single variable calculus and introductory linear algebra, and is a required prerequisite or co-requisite for many ANU courses in engineering, physics, quantitative biology, and environmental modelling. Typically students taking MATH1013/1115 progress to MATH1014/1116 in second semester.
[Note: if you are taking an Advanced Computing, Information Technology or Software Engineering degree, then you may be required to take MATH1005 instead of or in addition to other mathematics courses. The bridging course is not designed for students wishing to take MATH1005.]
Further information about which first year, first semester mathematics course you should take is available here:
As an additional piece of information to help you judge your background level, the Mathematical Sciences Institute has developed an online diagnostic test that you can take. Your result in the test will not affect your ability to enrol in a course, it is intended to be used for self-diagnosis only. The diagnostic test has recently been changed significantly and in its current form this is the first year it has been used. Hence, while it is very good idea to take the diagnostic test, how you perform in it will only give you a rough indication of which course you should take. Do not make your decision about which course to take, or whether you need to take the bridging course, purely on the result of the diagnostic test: you need to balance that piece of data against other factors, in particular your background mathematics education and how long it has been since you used that knowledge.
What if I need MATH1013 but don’t have the prerequisite knowledge?
For those that do not have the background to take MATH1013 and who need or want to take the course as part of their degree program, there are two recommended options:
- If you delay taking MATH1013 until Semester 2 and can fit an additional first year MATH course into your degree program, then we recommend that you take MATH1003 in Semester 1 first. Then you can take MATH1013 in Semester 2, and MATH1014 later in your degree if it is also required.
[Note: MATH1014 is offered as an intensive ‘Spring Session’ course in November-December, immediately after the end of the Semester 2 examination period. If you delay taking MATH1013 in Semester 2, it may be that the Spring Session version of MATH1014 is the best option for you.]
- If taking MATH1013 in Semester 1 is important for your planned degree progression, or if your degree program does not allow the space to take an additional first year MATH course prior to MATH1013, then we strongly recommend you take the pre-semester 8-day bridging course (10th February - 19th February 2020).
If you must take MATH1013 in Semester 1, do not have the suggested background and cannot take the bridging course, then you can still enrol in MATH1013, however please contact first year coordinator Griff Ware for advice and to alert him to the fact you will be taking MATH1013 without the suggested background knowledge.
The cost of the 8-day bridging course is $150. If you are already in Canberra, you MUST attend the bridging course in person. If you are an interstate student or an overseas student who has not arrived in Canberra yet, you may be eligible to attend the course in real time via the video conferencing facility Zoom so that you can still play an interactive role during the running of the bridging course. If you cannot be in Canberra, please contact Johnny Yi to arrange participation via Zoom.