Foundation Mathematics

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s): Stefan Hypolite

Course Director Name: Dr. Senthilkumar

Course Lecturer(s) Contact

Course Director Contact Information:, (473- 439-2000 ext. 3419

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thrusdays 10:00am – 12:30pm

Course Director Office Hours: TBA

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location: St. Andrews Hall 2, Top Floor

Course Support:  Mary Celestine, Ext. 3601

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

The main focus of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation in mathematics with a view of making them successful at higher level courses of the University.  It is hoped that having attained a pass mark in the course, students would be able to display their improved competence in mathematics in these higher-level courses and definitely in their future lives. As far as possible, the course would be interactive and a part of the course mark would be allocated for this interaction.  To facilitate the allocation of marks awarded to students for class participation, each student would be required to post at least one home-work problem on the board and present it to the class.  Volunteering to present in-class assignments to the rest of the class would also contribute to the class participation marks.  Attendance and punctuality would also play a role in this mark. The remainder of the marks would come from six ‘pop’ quizzes or problem sets, (2 take home quizzes and 2 in-class quizzes), the mid-term examination and the final examination.  Topics examined in the mid-term examination would not be examined in the final examination.  The allocation of marks for each component is presented in the assessment section below.

Course Objectives:

This course seeks to accomplish the following goals:

  1. To overcome the “Math Phobia”  
  2. To develop problem solving techniques        
  3. To reinforce basic mathematical principles and concepts           
  4. To build self-confidence and mathematical competence  

Student Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate whole numbers and fractions, including that of prime factorizations of numbers
  2. Identify and compute percentages of math problems. Compute: significant figure, standard notation and round- off techniques of numbers
  3. Identify and calculate cost price, selling price, profit, loss, and commission of math problems.
  4. Identify and calculate direct and indirection proportions.
  5. Identify and calculate: simple interest, rate, time and principal of worded problems 6. Identify: universal set null set, intersection, union, subset of, compliment of two sets.
  1. Calculate set problems of two sets.
  2. Identify and calculate algebraic equations of a single variable.
  3. Solve inequalities of one variable.
  4. Identify and factorize algebraic terms; (two and four terms ONLY).
  5. Solve two linear equations simultaneously.
  6. Calculate angles located between two parallel lines. 13. Calculate math problems using Pythagoras’ Theorem.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text::A Complete Course with CXC Questions Volume 1 Raymond Toolsie, Caribbean Education Publishers.

Course Grading Requirement:



Class Participation/Attendance


Pop Quizzes     (6)


In-Class Quizzes (2)


Takehome Quizzes(averageof2)


Mid-Term Exam


Final Exam




Course Requirements:

Students will be required to:

  1. be prepared for class by doing the necessary readings
  2. contribute thoughtful ideas to class discussions and engage in constructive debate
  3. conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, including being respectful of the opinions of others
  4. listen carefully to instructions given, if you do not understand, ask the instructor
  5. students should bring the text to class at all times, unless instructed otherwise-or all other materials, as directed.

Course Schedule

Week 1 

  • Course introduction, use of the calculator, number theory

Week 2 

  • Computation: Whole numbers, fractions, prime factorizations and word problems.

Week 3 

  • Computation: Decimals, percents, word problems, significant figures, standard notation, and round-off techniques of numbers.

Week 4 

  • Consumer Arithmetic: Identify and compute cost price, selling price, profit, loss and commission.
  • Take Home Assessment I – out Tuesday

Week 5 

  • Consumer Arithmetic: Calculations of ratios, simple interest problems.
  • Take Home Assessment I – in Tuesday

Week 6

  • Set theory: Identification of set notations and computation of set theory problems.
  • Take Home Assessment I – returned Tuesday
  • Quiz I – in class Tuesday

Week 7      

  • Return Quiz I – Thursday and reviewed

Week 8            

  • Mid-term Exam week

Week 9 

  • Algebra introduction: Using symbols to represent numbers

Week 10 

  • Substituting numeral for symbols in algebraic expressions

Week 11

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic terms
  • Factorization (HCF, Grouping)

Week 12 

  • Addition, subtraction of algebraic fractions
  • Take Home Exam 2 – Given out (Tuesday)
  • Multiplication, division of algebraic fractions
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions

Week 13

  • Solving linear equations and inequalities for one unknown.
  • Take Home Exam 2 – Handed in for correction
  • Take Home Exam 2 – Returned and reviewed

Week 14 –

  • In Class Exam 2 (Tuesday)
  • Solving two linear equations simultaneously

Week 15 –

  • In Class Exam 2 – Returned and reviewed (Thursday)
  • Geometry: Calculation of angles.  The use of Pythagoras’ Theorem to calculate the unknow side of a right-angled triangle.
  • Review for final exams

Week 16 –

  • Final Exam week

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.