WELCOME TO THIS PAGE INTENDED FOR STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE REGISTERED IN 2010 FOR THE MODULE:
QSF 131
QSF 131 COURSE OUTLINE: 2011
Welcome to the QSF 131 course! This is one of four compulsory modules that all B.Com. (Gen.) (4year programme) students will be doing during their first semester of 2011!
Congratulations on having successfully completed the 2010 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. You are now part of the UWC Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. In order to have reasonable prospects of success in your studies, you have to master basic quantitative skills in numbers, fractions, algebra and graphs.
This document provides you with important information about this course. Please familiarise yourself with its main learning outcomes (see section 5 below).
You are invited to consult with your lecturer and tutors as soon as you are faced with a challenge, and even more regularly in connection with your Gateway and other tests.
1. COURSE STRUCTURE
The 2011 QSF 131 is a 15credit FOUNDATION module for students enrolled for the B.Com. (Gen.) (4year programme ) and B.Admin. courses, which consists of:
1
1.1 THREE lectures per week;
1.2 TWO tutorials per week; the QSF 131 classes will be divided into .. tutorial groups;
1.3 SIX tutorials tests;
1.4 FOUR Class tests (with the first three having retests) + 1 diagnostic test;
1.5 FOUR Gateway (GW) Tests;
1.6 2 Term Tests;
1.7 1 Semester + Reevaluation Examination for those who qualify
2. COURSE READER
This book is compulsory. It contains:
2.1 Course and specific welldiscussed content information.
2.2 Year mark weighting and information on tutorials, tutorial
tests, gateway tests, term tests
2.3 Dates: tests and examinations
2.4 Lecturer / tutor information
2.5 Tutorials
3. TIMETABLE
* This class will start at 14h30, unless agreed to otherwise
TUTORIAL VENUES : TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER
TIME 
MONDAY 
TUESDAY 
WEDNESDAY 
THURSDAY 
FRIDAY 
8:309:30 





9:4010:40 





10:5011:50 


QSF 131 SC2 


12:0013:00 


QSF 131 SC2 


LUNCH 
 
GW TESTS 
GW TESTS 
TESTS 
 
14:0015:00


*QSF 131 B1 



15:1016:10






5. LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this module you should be able to:
 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mathematical thinking skills which relate to understanding, reading, analysis and solution of relevant businessrelated problems.
 Apply basic operations (+, , Χ and ) to
Real Numbers, i.e. Fractions, Decimal Fractions and
Percentages
 Solve problems in abstract and reallife situations based on Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages.
 Demonstrate an understanding of and use ratios to describe relationship between two or more quantities and solve business problems
 Construct Linear Graphs using the table, yintercept, and other methods, and to show how these relate to the solution of linear equations.
 Demonstrate an understanding of basic Algebra , including polynomials of the first degree and basic operations applied to algebraic expressions.
 Find Products and Factors of algebraic expressions, and solve problems in these related to Commercial Mathematics.
 Have developed effective basic calculator skills and which they apply to solve business related problems more efficiently
6. MAIN AND CRITICAL CROSSFIELD OUTCOMES
CRITICAL CROSSFIELD OUTCOMES (CCFOs)
1. Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking;
2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team;
3. Organise and manage oneself and one's activities;
4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information;
5. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in oral and/or written presentation;
6. Use science and technology effectively and critically;
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problemsolving contexts do not exist in isolation;
8. Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of the subject.
CCFOs
QSF 131 
CCFO 1

CCFO 2

CCFO 3

CCFO 4

CCFO 5

CCFO 6

CCFO 7

CCFO 8

Tutorials 
30 
5

10 
5 
5 
5 
20 
20 
Tutorial tests 
20 
0 
5 
20 
20 
5 
10 
20 
Class tests 
20 
0 
5 
20 
20 
5 
10 
20 
Gateway tests 
20 
5 
20 
10 
20 
5 
0 
20 
Term tests 
20 
0 
5 
20 
20 
5 
10 
20 
Final exam 
20 
0 
5 
20 
20 
5 
10 
20 
LEARNING OUTCOMES

Continuous Assessment 
Summative Assessment 

Main outcomes 
Assessment Criteria 
Assessment Tasks 

1. Main outcome
Basic Mathematical Thinking Skills 
Understanding, reading, analysis and solution of relevant businessrelated problems 
Tutorials
Consultation for Gateway Test 1 

2. Main outcome
Basic Operations (+, , Χ and ) to Real Numbers, i.e. Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages

Solve problems in abstract and reallife situations based on Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages 
Tutorials
Gateway Test 2 
Tutorials Tests 1 to 5
Class Tests 1 to 4 
3. Main outcome
Basic Algebra

understanding basic Algebra , including polynomials of the first degree and basic operations applied to algebraic expressions.
Products and Factors of algebraic expressions, and solve problems in these related to Commercial Mathematics 
Tutorials
Gateway Test 3

Class Test 3 and 4 
4. Main outcome
Linear Graphs

Construct Linear Graphs using the table, yintercept, and other methods, and to show how these relate to the solution of linear equations.

Tutorials
Gateway Test 4

Tutorial Test 5
Class Test 4 
4. Main outcome
Basic calculator skills

Basic calculator skills relevant to solving business related problems more efficiently

Tutorials
Gateway Test 2

Tutorial Tests 1 to 5
Class test 2 to 5
Term Tests 1 and 2

NOTIONAL HOURS
Lectures 
14 x 2 hours 
28 
Gateway Tests 
4 x 1 hours 
4 
Class & tutorials 
14 x 2 hours 
28 
Tutorial Tests and Preparation 
5 x 2 
10 
Weekly Review of Tutorials 
14 x 1 hour 
14 
Class Test and Preparation 
4 x 2 hours 
8 
Term Tests preparation 
2 x 8 hours 
16 
Preparation for Tutorials and lectures 
14 x 2 + 6 
34 
Exam preparation 
1 x 8 hours 
8 
TOTAL 

150 
NB: YOUR YEAR (COURSE OR SEMESTER) MARK CONSISTS OF A NUMBER OF COMPONENTS.
1. Please ensure that you are aware of their respective weightings.
2. Do not miss out on any of the components, therefore write all tests.
Methods of Student Assessment 
Tests and Examinations: Term Tests(2): 20% Semester Test(1): 50% Tutorial Tests(6): 10% Class Tests (4): 10% Gateway Tests(4): 8% Attendance of Tutorials: 2% TOTAL 100% SEMESTER MARK COMPONENT EXPRESSED AS A % OF SM, which is 50% of FINAL MARK: Term Tests(2): 40% Tutorial Tests(5): 20% Class Tests (4): 20% Gateway Tests(4): 16% Attendance of Tutorials: 4% TOTAL 100%

A. TUTORIALS
1. You have to attend TWO tutorial classes EACH WEEK.
2. There are a number of tutorials contained in the Course Reader.
Solutions to most of these have been provided in the Course Reader.
Questions marked with a * do not have answers.
3. The tutorials have to be completed in your Tutorial Class which will be managed and checked by your tutors.
4. The first few, together with the task, are important and designed to link up with the CCFOs and your past school education
5. A tutorial test will be conducted EVERY TWO weeks during the third lecture for each group, which will be marked and for which you will receive credit towards the year mark. These will be based on work covered in the given tutorials.
6. The duration of these compulsory tutorial tests is approximately 45 minutes, and count the total 25 marks. Note that students are generally not required to hand tutorials for marking, because of reasons which include the following: students copy work form others (i.e. plagiarism) and students do not hand in work on time (lateness), or at all and loose marks consequently (penalties) .
The following is a selection of tutorials which have to be completed:
NO 
NUMBER 
WEEK 
DETAILS 
1 
TUT A1 
SEM 1: 2 
In Notes: 1.1.1 p. 37 
2 
TUT A2 
2 
In Notes: 1.1.1 p. 38 
3 
TUT A3 
2 
Reading of Business Problems: p. 177 
4 
TUT A4 
3 
Exploratory, decision on how to solve problem, diagram / model, p. 178 
5 
TUT A5 
3 
Exercises on Binary Numbers using Calculators, p. 180 
6 
TUT A62W1 
3 
p. 195 
7 
TUT A7 
4 
Order of Operations, p. 181 
8 
TUT A8 
4 
Factors, Multiples, Powers, Roots, Primes and Composites, p. 184 
9 
TUT A9 
5 
Operations with Integers, p. 185 
10 
TUT 2W2 
5 
p. 197 
11 
TUT 3W1 
6 
p. 199 
12 
TUT 3W2 
6 
p. 200 
13 
TUT 4W1 
7 
p. 201 
14 
TUT 5W1 
7 
p. 202 
15 
TUT 5W2 
SEM 2: 1 
p. 203 
16 
TUT W2T2 
1 
p. 204 
17 
TUT A10 
1 
Ordered Pairs; Linear Functions, p. 187 
18 
TUT A11 
2 
Application of rules for Multiplication and Division, p. 188 
19 
TUT EQNS 
2 
Equations, p. 205 
20 
TUT A12 
3 
Basic Algebra, p. 189 
21 
TUT A13 
3 
Products and Factors, p. 190 
22 
TUT A14 
4 
Products and Factors, p. 191 
23 
TUT POW(1) 
5 
Powers, p. 206 
24 
TUT POW(2) 
6 
Scientific Notation, p. 213 
25 
TUT CALC 
6 
Logarithms and Calculator, p. 207 
C. CLASS TESTS: VENUE and TIMES to be announced
CLASS TEST 
UNITS COVERED 
DATE 
DIAGNOSTIC TEST 
Croucher, Appendix L, p.661 
2 FEB 
1 
NUMBERS, FRACTIONS, %, ALGEBRA 
24 FEB 
2 
NUMBERS; BINARY NOS 
10 MARCH 
3 
FRACTIONS, DEC. FRACTIONS, % 
14 APRIL 
4 
ALGEBRA 
28 APRIL 
NOTE: 1. 4 Class Tests will be conducted during lunchtime (13h0014h00) on the
above dates, which will always be on a THURSDAY.
2. Class Tests incorporate some aspects of tutorial tests. Automatic
CLASS Retests will take place, except for the last Class test.
Likewise there is no retest for both Term Tests. You will be
allowed to do the ReTest if
· you have failed ( with a mark less than 50%) the CLASS test ; or
alternatively
· you have a valid reason for missing the Class Test. In the case of
sickness, you must present a valid doctors certificate.
3. In the case of a retest, the better of the previously obtained mark and the new retest mark is taken, on condition that only a MAX of 50% can be obtained in a RETEST.
D. GATEWAY TESTS VENUE: TO BE ANNOUNCED
ONLY ON TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, during Lunchtime: 13h00 14h00:
Registration Compulsory: Max. 40 persons per any ONE session
FOUR Gateway Tests will be given, which must be written consecutively. For example, to register for GW 2, you must have attempted (not passed necessarily) GW 1.
GATEWAY TEST 
UNITS COVERED 
TIMES 
1 
UNIT 1 
EVERY TUES and WWED during LUNCH time (13h0013h55) 
2 
UNIT 4.1 to 4.5: FRACTIONS, DEC. FRACTIONS and PERCENTAGES 

3 
UNIT 4.6.1 to 4.6.5 : ALGEBRA 

4 
UNIT 4.6.6 4.6.7: GRAPHS 
Gateway Tests are voluntary and start during the third week. This arrangement allows for additional input into Gateways Test 1 in the lectures and by the tutors.
If the student fails any Gateway Test, he/she may redo it up to a maximum of two retests (that is he may do the test a max of THREE times).
NUMBER 
DATE 
DETAILS 
TERM TEST 1 
Fri 1 April 
NUMBERS, FRACTIONS, % 
TERM TEST 2 
Fri 29 April 
ALGEBRA; EQUATIONS 
F. SEMESTER TEST
This is the FINAL examination and carries a weight of 50% of your final mark, A Reevaluation will take place for those who qualify.
NOTE: A PASS IN QSF 131 is a PREREQUISITE for
registering for QSC 132 or (INTRO TO) ACC 130
COMPONENT 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
TUT TESTS 
Thurs 17 Feb 
Thurs 3 March 
Thurs 17 March 
Thurs 7 April 
Thurs 21 April 
Thurs 5 May 
CLASS TESTS 
Wed 2 Feb Diagnostic 
Thurs 24 Feb 
Thurs 10 March 
Thurs 10 April 
Thurs 28 April 

TERM TESTS 
Fri 1 April 
Fri 29 April 




FINAL EXAM 






NOTE FURTHER THAT:
G. PRESCRIBED TEXT BOOK
The COURSE READER below is compulsory. Please purchase the following DIRECTLY FROM PRINTWIZE:
Quantitative Skills Foundation Module (QSF 131) for B.Com. (Gen.) (4year programme) & B.Admin., University of the Western Cape. Compiled and written by Desmond Desai, 2010.
Your lecturer (Room 2.35) will manage the sale of secondhand Course Readers. A large number of students offer old QSF 131 Course Readers which contain all the tutorials and relevant material. You are encouraged to buy these at a much reduced price!
H. RECOMMENDED TEXT BOOKS
1. Mathematics for Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996 (Compulsory for Case Studies; Costs approximately R80).
2. Croucher, J.D. Mathematics and Statistics for Business. 3^{rd} Edition. Sydney: McGrawHill, 1999. (Expensive and difficult to obtain, but useful elementary text covering most aspects of financial mathematics for undergraduate students in EMS Studies)
Highland,E.H., Rosenbaum,R.S. & Peselnick,C. Business Mathematics. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997 (Same comments as above with Croucher.)
3 Van Rensburg, M. Mathematics Orientation. Cape Town: Southern Book Publishers, 1997. (Good basic text, but written for Technical students.)
Additional reference sources need to be consulted in the library.
I. CALCULATOR
You MUST have your OWN suitable scientific calculator, preferable with the functions binary numbers and fractions, such as the SHARP EL531WH. Note that some calculators require very special skills and knowledge in order to use effectively. For example, on the recommended SHARP calculator, 2 ½ meanse 2 + ½ , whilst one has to insert brackets on the CASIO fn 82ES calculator as follows; (2 + ½).
Use your own system for orderly notetaking.
N.B. Your working must be shown on the Tutorial, Class and Term Test sheets, whenever space is provided on them for that purpose. Otherwise, working must be shown on sheets of A4 paper to be stapled together properly, before handing in.
8. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
Firstly, try to resolve any matter with the lecturer or tutor concerned. Incidents could also be reported to the secretary of the department or the class representative. Refer complaints of a serious nature to the EMS Student Support and Research Unit (0219593619). Please refer to the Harassment Policy in the Course Reader, p. 23.
9. PLAGIARISM DECLARATION
Please note the following declaration, which may be required:
I know that plagiarism is wrong. Plagiarism is to use anothers work and pretend it is ones own.
Each significant contribution to, and quotation in this work that I have taken from the works of other people, have been attributed and have been cited and referenced.
This submission is my own work.
I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as his/her own work.
Signed Date: .
Lecturer Dr D Desai
ROOM : 2.35 EXT: 3892
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