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Mathematics – Fundamental Level

Course Code: MATU 0210
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Math Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Tutorial
Typically Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
course overview

This course is designed to help students develop and consolidate skills in the arithmetic of whole numbers, common fractions, decimals and percents, focusing on the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As well, students will develop the ability to use appropriate strategies in applying arithmetic to the solution of practical problems, including specific use of proportion as a technique. Other topics include metric measurement, and perimeter, area and volume of simple, common geometric figures and forms.

Course Content

  1. Whole Numbers
    • review of basic arithmetic
    • place value and rounding
    • exponents (to represent multiple factors)
    • averages (mean)
    • order of operations
    • divisibility, factors, primes, multiples
    • estimation and application
  2. Common Fractions
    • naming, changing, comparing
    • multiplying and dividing
    • adding and subtracting
    • combined operations, average
    • estimation and application
  3. Decimals
    • reading and writing, comparing, rounding
    • adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing
    • bar notation (repeating decimals)
    • equivalence with common fractions
    • estimation and application
  4. Ratio and Proportion
    • ratios, rates, unit rates
    • equal ratios, cross/products, proportions
    • solving proportions for missing term
    • applications in problem solving
  5. Percentages
    • definitions, meaning of percent
    • conversions to and from other fractions
    • calculations, use of proportion
    • increase/decrease, simple interest, and other applications
  6. Measurement and the Metric System
    • metric (S.I.) units; abbreviations and prefixes
    • metric estimation
    • conversion within metric
    • calculations involving metric units
    • applications
    • concepts of perimeter, area and volume
    • calculations of perimeter, area and volume of selected common geometric figures and forms applications

Methods of Instruction

A combination of different instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual student needs.  Small group instruction, individual assistance (in lab tutorial or scheduled appointments) and student directed learning will be selected where appropriate and possible.

The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance and progress and to undertake independent learning as directed.  Regular feedback and informal progress reports will be available from the instructor.

Means of Assessment

Attendance is a course requirement.  The final grade may be UN if more than 30% of classes are missed or if less than 70% of items for evaluation are undertaken.

Evaluation will be based on examinations and assignments in accordance with college policy.  Details regarding the number and weighting of individual components will be announced in a "Course Information" handout at the beginning of the semester.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course are for students to:

  1. develop confidence in using arithmetic;
  2.  improve speed and accuracy in the recall and appropriate use of number facts;
  3. improve speed and accuracy in calculations, by hand, involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents;
  4. be able to describe the basic concepts underlying addition, subtraction, multiplication and division;
  5. select appropriate operations and strategies for solving applied problems;
  6. incorporate the use of mathematics, where appropriate, as a strategy in dealing with quantifiable problems arising from practical situations;
  7. be able to provide reasonable estimates of answers.

course prerequisites

MATU 0110 or permission of the instructor

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.