Course Description

This ONLINE, non-credit course is designed for those who do not have the requisite skills for the first-year mathematics courses but have shown sufficient mathematical ability to warrant a one semester course to bridge the gap. This course will emphasize the study of the basic functions used in the sciences. Topics to be covered include linear, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Emphasis is placed on use of a graphing calculator. 

Course Outline

The course will be delivered entirely online through the learning management system, Brightspace. Within the course site, you will access online lessons, course materials, and resources. Activities will consist of discussion forums and email. Tutorials, self-checks, and assignments are all available on Brightspace. An electronic text is included and in each unit you will be directed to read over the appropriate section in the text to do the problems included there. There are sample problems and solutions included. Short quizzes, worth 10% of your final grade, are included within each unit to help solidify your knowledge of the material. 

Section 1: Algebra
Order of operations, working with fractions, exponents and roots, factoring, simultaneous equations, single variable word problems, two variable word problems

Section 2: Introduction to Functions
Describing functions, inputs and outputs, domain and range and composition, inverse functions, piecewise functions, transformations, symmetry

Section 3: Polynomial Functions
Roots and intercepts, linear functions, quadratic functions, cubic and higher order functions

Section 4: Other Functions
Exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions

Marks are assigned in this course for the following activities:

Marking Scheme
Graded Item Weight
Assignments 50%
Quizzes 10%
Midterm 20%
Final Exam  20%
Total 100%

Assignment details will be available within the course site. Quizzes and Assignments are linked within the associated units.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you should:

  • demonstrate improved algebra skills
  • be familiar with the use of a scientific graphing calculator
  • be familiar with various functions as listed in the course description

You will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course:

  • completion of a series of assignments in a timely manner
  • completion of the quizzes
  • completion of the final exam


Mason MacDonald


Textbook and Course Materials 

Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Tyler Wallace - required chapters of this text are linked within the course units. This is a free text licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://wallace.ccfaculty.org/book/book.html.

Students will require a TI-83+, a TI-84 graphing calculator, or equivalent phone app. Alternatively, graphing programs are available for free online such as http://www.meta-calculator.com/

There will be additional required readings posted on the Brightspace site.

Please note that if you are a current Dalhousie student or going to be applying to Dalhousie University, you are to register for this course through Enrolment Services.  Please contact Linda.Rovers@dal.ca or 902-893-6722.  

If you are NOT a Dalhousie student and wish to register for this course, please contact extended.learning@dal.ca or call 902-893-6666 to register. 


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Recommended For

Students wanting to develop their Math skills to the university level necessary for entrance to various university and college programs.  Contact extended.learning@dal.ca if you are looking to use this prep course for admissions into another program other than Dalhousie University. 
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