Math Self Assessment for Fish, Wildlife & Recreation and Forest and Natural Areas ManagementWhen you take the Forest and Natural Areas Management or the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Technology programs at BCIT, you will be required to take both a mathematics and a statistics course, plus other technology courses such as measurement, photo and map interpretation and engineering in which you will need to apply your mathematical skills. You will be using algebra, trigonometry and geometry that you have already learned in high school to do practical problems in your field.
Although the instructor will briefly review the mathematics fundamentals (see below), it will be assumed that you are familiar with these concepts before you arrive for our first semester.
We want you to have a rewarding and successful experience at BCIT. This is more likely to happen if you are adequately prepared in basic mathematical skills. The more mathematics training you have (see the FWR Entry requirement page for the minimum math level required), and the more recently you have taken this training, the better off you will be. In order to test just how much you do remember of the basics, please try the provided self-diagnostic test. When you are done, check your answers against the answer page provided and use the score sheet to record the number of correct answers. Then total your score.
If you score:
- more than 45, You should be just fine;
- from 25 to 45, You should borrow a book (see Suggested References on the last page), and review the concepts you missed with a knowledgeable friend;
- less than 25, You should definitely take advantage of one of the refresher opportunities listed below.
Mathematics fundamentals that you should know:
- signed numbers: e.g. 7- (-9)
- the order of mathematical operations: e.g. a(7+2(5+b))
- exponents or powers
- solving for x or another unknown in an equation
- solving for two unknowns in two equations
- percentages and ratios
- basic geometry, e.g. sum of angles of a triangle = 180 degrees, rules for similar triangles, areas of circles, rectangles, triangles.
- the three basic trigonometric functions (Sine, Cosine and Tangent)
- functional notation, e.g., y=f(x)
- graphing points and lines on regular (Cartesian) graph paper
- formula for a straight line and a quadratic equation
Mathematics fundamentals that would be desirable:
- the rules of logarithms.
The self diagnostic assessment test [PDF] is available and includes the answer key.
How to refresh or enhance your skills:
- Pre-calculus 11(preferred choice) or Foundations of Math 11 through the B. C. Department of Education. These are offered through Distance Education (Correspondence) or at night school at high schools around the province. Information can be obtained from your local high school; all community colleges will offer equivalent courses.
- Mathematics at BCIT. A variety of options are available although the last 4 may be higher level than is required by the program:
- MATH 0007 This is a BCIT Pre-calculus 11 level math course and is considered equivalent for the purposes of Admissions. It is taken through Part Time Studies at the Burnaby campus of BCIT. Note it does not transfer to other schools.
- MATH 0001 This is a BCIT Pre-calculus 12 level math course and is considered equivalent for the purposes of Admissions. It is taken through Part Time Studies (night school or day school) at the Burnaby campus of BCIT. Note it does not transfer to other schools.
- MATH 0040 Mathematics Workshop: This non-credit mathematics workshop is designed to help students meet the challenges of the math courses in the BCIT program they have been accepted into. The focus will be on bringing those rusty math skills to the forefront to better prepare students for their program. Topics include algebra, functions, graphs, equations, word problems, geometry, trigonometry, logarithms and exponents. It is a non-credit course which runs for two weeks in late August.
- MATH 0060 Introduction to BCIT Mathematics: This non-credit self-paced online course is designed to help students meet the challenges of the math courses in their BCIT programs. Math 0060 is customizable depending on your pathway. Topics include algebra, functions, graphs, equations, word problems, geometry, trigonometry, logarithms, exponents, intro stats topics and intro linear algebra. Further information on registering is available at Distance Education. This course will help you refresh the skills you once had, in preparation for beginning your technology program at BCIT.