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Mathematics-Numeracy Level

Course Code: MATU 0110
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Math Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This course is designed to help students learn basic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Skills addressed will include the algorithms for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; counting, naming and writing numbers; estimating, comparing and measuring; solving word problems; making change.

Course Content

  1. Whole Numbers
    Individual programs will be designed for each student; these programs will be based on weaknesses and strengths diagnosed by the instructor.  The course consists of the following topics:
    • Naming and transcribing
    • Number sense (place value, rounding, estimating, etc.)
    • Adding/subtracting - Number facts to 9 + 9 and operations (includes borrowing/carrying)
    • Multiplying/dividing - times tables to 9 x 9 and operations (includes carrying, remainders)
    • Factoring
    • Word problems
  2. Common Fractions
    • Concept and vocabulary
    • Changing terms and comparing
    • Operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
    • Applications/Word problems
  3. Decimals
    • Reading/Writing, place value
    • Rounding and comparing
    • Converting to and from common fractions
    • Operations of +, -, x, ÷
    • Operations with money
    • Measurement
    • Other applications/word problems

Methods of Instruction

A variety of teaching methods will be used including small group instruction, individual assistance and student directed learning where appropriate and when possible.

The student will be expected to attend regularly, to progress and to undertake independent learning as directed.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when s/he has satisfactorily completed appropriate exercises and assignments.

Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 80 percent or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course are for students to:

  1. gain initial experience with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents;
  2. memorize the single-digit number facts of addition and multiplication, or develop an effective alternate strategy;
  3. use the standard algorithms to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions and decimals;
  4. be able to measure and record time, length, capacity and mass (“weight”) using everyday metric units;
  5. be able to use a calculator for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

course prerequisites

MATU assessment

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.