Department of Mathematics


Foundation and Preparatory Courses

Students who wish to start a degree but who do not meet the prerequisites may want to read about our pre-degree courses.

Superstart


From 2017 Superstart will no longer be offered.

The department and others continue to provide support for those who feel they need extra help with mathematics at university level.   MATHS 102  is the first mathematics course for students who have achieved fewer than 13 credits in Mathematics at NCEA Level 3, or equivalent.  It has been designed to facilitate the transition from school mathematics to university studies.

For other types of support available, please see our Maths Help page.

If you are interested in discussing your options, please contact one of our Undergraduate Advisors.
 

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Tertiary Foundation Certificate


Get all the essential information about the Tertiary Foundation Certificate including fees and how to apply.

What is the Mathematics part of the programme?

Successful completion of one mathematics course is a compulsory part of the TFC pre-degree programme. The mathematics courses give you the opportunity to catch up on your mathematics understanding, at the same time preparing you for further study. The mathematics is taught in small classes, instead of large lectures. You will have time to ask questions, to do some work in class and to work with your tutor if you need extra help.

The mathematics TFC courses are designed to prepare students to enter the Stage I mathematics courses MATHS 108/110 or MATHS 102, depending on the standard reached by individual students.

It is also possible for students to go into Stage I statistics and Stage I computer science.

The mathematics TFC courses are listed below. All of the tutors in the UoATFC design and administer their own courses.

Rachel Passmore, Phil Kane and Jac Field are the three Mathematics tutors. They can be found on the fifth floor of the Mathematics Department, part of the Science Centre, at 38 Princes Street, Auckland CBD.

Rachel Passmore
Room 150
Phone: +64 9 923 8779  ext 88779

Phil Kane
Room 149
Phone: +64 9 923 5750 ext 87570 

Josephina Ah Sam
Room 152
Phone: +64 9 923 5244 ext 85244 

All of the tutors are available for extra help if it is needed.
 

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TFCMATHS 89F: Mathematics for Arts


Aimed at linking mathematics to the world of students who are likely to be non-STEM majors. Includes several important mathematical ideas within historical, environmental, societal, political, financial, justice, entertainment and cultural contexts. The course will also be guided by the interests of its learners as citizens and consumers, who will be encouraged to draw on the mathematics they are already familiar with.

Availability: S1 C
Points: 15
For advice: Phil Kane

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TFCMATHS 91F: Foundation Mathematics 1


This programme aims to promote an understanding of number skills, including an introduction to algebra. Students will learn how to use simple technology and develop their problem solving abilities. This first mathematics course is for students enrolled in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate.

Restrictions

MATHS 91W

Availability: S1 and S2 C
Points: 15
For advice: Phil Kane

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TFCSTATS 92F: Data Analytics


Provides an introduction to statistics for anyone who will ever have to collect, analyse or interpret data, either in their career or private life. Statistical skills will be developed through Exploratory Data Analysis of real data using appropriate technology and statistical techniques. An important aspect of the course will involve communicating results to others in verbal or written form.

Availability: S2 C
Points: 15 points from TFCMATHS 89F, 91F, 93F
For advice: Phil Kane

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TFCMATHS 92F: Foundation Mathematics 2


This programme aims to use the skills learnt in MATHS 91F: Foundation Mathematics 1 to develop an understanding of functions in their tabular, algebraic and graphical representations. Good grades in this course prepares students for MATHS 102: Functioning in Mathematics. This second mathematics course is for students enrolled in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate.

Restrictions

MATHS 92W

Availability: S2 C
Points: 15
For Advice: Phil Kane

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TFCMATHS 93F: Foundation Mathematics 3


This programme aims to promote an understanding of numerical and algebraic skills at a deeper level than MATHS 91F: Foundation Mathematics 1. Students will learn how to use simple technology and develop their problem solving abilities. This first extension mathematics course is for students enrolled in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate who intend to pursue a Science or Social Sciences academic pathway.

Restrictions

MATHS 93P

Availability: S1 C
Points: 15
For Advice: Rachel Passmore

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TFCMATHS 94F: Foundation Mathematics 4


This programme aims to use the skills learnt in MATHS 93F: Foundation Mathematics 3 to develop an understanding of trigonometry, linear and non-linear graphs and statistics or calculus. This course prepares students for success in either MATHS 101: Mathematics in Society, MATHS 102: Functioning in Mathematics, MATHS 108: General Mathematics 1 or STATS 101: Introduction to Statistics. This second mathematics course is for students enrolled in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate who intend to pursue a Science or Social Sciences academic pathway.

Availability: S2 C
Points: 15
For advice: Rachel Passmore

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MATHS 153: Mathematics Acceleration and Extension for High School Students


MAX (MATHS 153) is designed for students concurrently at high school who enjoy academic challenge and who have shown themselves to be very capable at high school mathematics. This course is part of The University of Auckland Young Scholars Programme. Read more.

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