Directed Studies in Mathematics

Course code MATH3210Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Offers students the opportunity to develop their mathematics skills by pursuing a topic related to an area of current research in modern mathematics. The topic is individually chosen to suit the student's background and aspirations, and will be studied by directed reading, assigned project work, participation in Access Grid courses at partner universities, or in honours lectures and seminars, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The topic chosen can not also count for credit in MATH3400 Research Topics in Mathematics.

Participation in this course requires the permission of the course coordinator.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. an introduction to recent developments in various branches of mathematics;
2. a perspective on the whole of mathematics, showing them where what they already know fits in the overall course;
3. knowledge of where gaps in their knowledge lie by indicating branches of mathematics they have not met in lectures;
4. developed an ability to assimilate mathematics through self-directed study rather than formal instruction;
5. developed skills at presenting mathematics.

The broad picture of mathematics and the ability to assimilate and present unfamiliar mathematical topics which this course will provide will be of value to all graduates when using their mathematical skills. For those who wish to continue studying mathematics, this course will assist in making an informed choice of directions to pursue.
ContentBranches of mathematics (as defined by the Mathematical Reviews Classification Scheme); methods of communication of mathematical works.

Students carry out an agreed program of directed reading, participation in lectures and seminars, and/or project work in an area of current resarch interest in modern mathematics. The topics will be done according to interests of the students or chosen from a list of suggestions by the course coordinator. These topics will comprise the mathematical content of the syllabus.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA good strong background in MATH2000 and MATH3000 courses relevant to the topic chosen.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Individual Supervision
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)For lecture topics the assessment will be the same as the component honours topic or Access Grid course.
For reading courses and individual projects assessment will be by examination and assignments/projects.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MATH3210