3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1015377ANR for all students in the 1st semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences
Educational team
Gert Sonck (course titular)
Vincent Luyten
Activities and contact hours
6 contact hours Lecture
24 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
12 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

1. Algebra
2. Planar geometry
3. Trigonometry
4. Functions of a real variable
5. Introduction to calculus
         1. Limits
         2. Derivatives
         3. Indefinite integrals


Course material
Handbook (Required) : Wiskundige basisvaardigheden, Een survivalkit voor een succesvolle start in het hoger onderwijs, handboek + ICT-omgeving, Gert Sonck, Wolfgang Jacquet en Tom Dorissen, 3de herziene en uitgebreide druk, VUBPRESS, 9789057182686, 2013
Additional info

Attendance of the WPO classes is mandatory. Students with more than 25% unexcusable absences can be refused participation in the written exam. The student can bring an official testimonial to the lecturer to excuse for an absence or send an excuse e-mail to inform about exceptional circumstances. 

Learning Outcomes

General competences

This course is meant for students starting a study program at the Faculty of Science and Bio-Engineering Sciences and having a weaker background in mathematics. The aim of the course is to give the students the necessary mathematical knowledge and competences to start the mathematics courses in their Bachelor program.
The mathematical content in this course remains within the boundaries of secondary school mathematics as set by the Flemish government. In this course students also get used to an academic level of teaching and to scientific formalism.
The students are guided towards the acquirement of an appropriate study method needed for an academic study in science. Attention is paid to the linguistically and scientifically correct formulation of reasoning and deduction and to mathematical models in science.
The emphasis in this course is on the understanding and mastering of basic mathematics concepts and their use. The student is expected to develop the abilities of applying the mathematical properties in real situations and of solving problems and making exercises.
This course uses teaching methods that activate students and motivate them to study in a self-guided manner.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 80% of the final mark.
Other determines 20% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Examen with a relative weight of 80 which comprises 80% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Permanente evaluatie with a relative weight of 20 which comprises 20% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The course consists of 2 parts, part 1 consists of items 1 through 4 of the content, part 2 consists out of part 5.

In the course of the semester permanent evaluation (online Canvas tests as part of the StudyGPS or an equivalent test on campus) determines 20% of the final score.

There will be a written exam in January, consisting out of 2 parts corresponding to the 2 parts of the course. Part 1 of the exam determines 60% of the final score for the course, part 2 determines 20% of the final score for the course.

In the middle of the first semester a written partial evaluation takes place. This partial evaluation concerns part 1 of the course. Participation in the partial evaluation is mandatory, in case of unexcused abscense the student will not be allowed to take the final exam. For students who earn a score of 12/20 or higher this score is transferred to part 1 of the written examen in January and they are not allow to take part in this part of the exam. The student can repudiate this score on the partial evaluation by sending an email to the teacher before the end of the last regular teaching week of the first semester. In this case the score earned on the partial evaluation is voided and the student is allowed to partake in part 1 of the exam.

In the second exam period the result of the permanent evaluation is transferred from the first semester, the permanent evaluation cannot be retaken in the second exam period. Both scores on part 1 and part 2 of the exam in the first exam period are voided and for both parts the exam has to be retaken in the second exam period.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
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Bachelor of Biology: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Chemistry: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Geography: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Computer Science: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Geography: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Bridging Programme Master of Science in Biology: Ecology (only offered in Dutch)