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Bachelor of Mathematics

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Bachelor of Mathematics

Information correct as at

3rd Aug 2015 11:08pm

Program Code

10237

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus79.1587.00

Assumed Knowledge

HSC 2 unit Mathematics or equivalent.

Recommended Studies

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Graduates in Mathematics are highly sought after in government, industry and business because they are able to analyse data, produce models and predict future trends in a variety of areas. The Bachelor of Mathematics is a flexible program that enables you to develop mathematical skills and combine them with other disciplines.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Assumed Knowledge

HSC 2 unit Mathematics or equivalent.


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Professional Recognition

Australian Mathematical Society

Students may join the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) http://www.austms.org.au/ as student members before they graduate.

Statistical Society of Australia

Students undertaking a Statistics major may also join the Statistical Society of Australia http://www.statsoc.org.au/


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 9 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The degree is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to pass courses totalling 240 units. Each course has a value of 10 units.

These 240 units must comprise the following:

  • a core of at least 60 units(depending on entry level, students may have to complete MATH2340 as an additional core course).
  • a major consisting of 80 units of compulsory and directed courses. Four majors are available: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics or Studies in Mathematics and Statistics (constructed from the broad spectrum of mathematics and statistics courses).

Students must complete at least 40 units at 3000 level for their major.

Depending upon their level of Mathematics ability upon admission to the Bachelor of Mathematics degree program, students will undertake either the standard pathway consisting of six core courses, or the alternate pathway consisting of seven core courses. The two pathways are as follows:

Standard Pathway

  1. MATH1210 Mathematical Discovery 1
  2. MATH1220 Mathematical Discovery 2
  3. MATH1800 Mathematical Modelling
  4. STAT1070 Statistics for the Sciences
  5. MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering
  6. MATH2320 Linear Algebra

Alternate Pathway

  1. MATH1110 Mathematics 1
  2. MATH1120 Mathematics 2
  3. MATH1800 Mathematical Modelling
  4. STAT1070 Statistics for the Sciences
  5. MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering
  6. MATH2320 Linear Algebra
  7. MATH2340 Linearity and Continuity

Additional elective courses may be chosen from across the university or from the other available mathematics and statistics courses.

Completion of the degree program requires:

  • a maximum of 100 units at 1000 level and
  • a minimum of 60 units at 3000 level.

A second major may be taken but can only be taken in combination with the Applied Mathematics, the Pure Mathematics and the Statistics major.  Students completing the Studies in Mathematics and Statistics major cannot have a double major with another major within this program.  For a program to include a double major, each major must have at least 60 units that are not counted towards the other major.

Recommended pathways of courses leading to specific graduate destinations can be found on the Faculty of Science and Information Technology website.

Students who have the NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band 4), or its equivalent, should meet their core requirement by undertaking the standard pathway sequence of courses, including MATH1210 and MATH1220 in their first year.

Students who have the NSW HSC 2 unit Mathematics (Band 5), or its equivalent, should meet their core requirement by undertaking the alternate pathway sequence, including MATH1110 and MATH1120 in their first year and MATH2340 in their second year.


Transition Arrangements

The program was revised in 2013, and changes to the degree were implemented for 2014.  Students who commenced the program in 2013 will be automatically transitioned to the revised 2014 structure, unless they advise the relevant Program Officer in writing of their intention to remain in the pre-2014 structure.  Students who commenced the program prior to 2013 are strongly encouraged to transition to the revised 2014 structure if their pattern of enrolment allows them to do so.  All students are encouraged to seek independent transition and enrolment advice from the Program Officer.

MATH2340 replaced MATH1510 in the alternate pathway.  Students transitioning to the revised 2014 structure who are taking the alternate pathway must take MATH2340 as core in their program.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

MATH1800Mathematical Modelling
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2320Linear Algebra
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

STANDARD/ALTERNATE PATHWAY Options

ALTERNATE PATHWAY
Alternate Pathway Courses

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

MATH1110Mathematics 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics 2
  • Mid Summer - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2340Linearity and Continuity
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 110 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

110 units
STANDARD PATHWAY
Standard Pathway Courses

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1220Mathematical Discovery 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 120 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

120 units

Applied Mathematics major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

MATH2730Operations Research 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2800Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed Courses, including at least one of MATH3840 and MATH3850.

MATH3700Advanced Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3820Numerical Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3830Operations Research 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3840Optimisation in Business and Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3850Industrial Project
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Pure Mathematics major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory course to fulfil the requirements of this major

MATH2330Analysis
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses - 2000 Level

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

MATH2600Introduction to Modern Mathematical Computation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2800Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses - 3000 Level

Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed Courses, including at least one of MATH3120 and MATH3170.

MATH3010Logic and Set Theory
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3120Algebra
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3170Number Theory
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3180Topology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3205Fourier AnalysisNot currently offered10 units
MATH3242Complex Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3510Combinatorics and Graph Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3700Advanced Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3820Numerical Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Statistics Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2010Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3010Statistical Inference
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

STAT3030Generalised Linear Models
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3040Time Series Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3100Total Quality Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3120Applied Bayesian Methods
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3170Surveys and Experiments
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Studies in Mathematics and Statistics Major

Directed Courses - 2000 Level

Choose 20 units from 2000 level Directed Courses, including at least one of MATH2330, MATH2730 and STAT2000.

MATH2330Analysis
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2600Introduction to Modern Mathematical Computation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2730Operations Research 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2800Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2010Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses - 3000 Level

Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed Courses, including at least one of MATH3120, MATH3170, MATH3840 and MATH3850.

MATH3120Algebra
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3170Number Theory
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3180Topology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3205Fourier AnalysisNot currently offered10 units
MATH3210Directed Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3242Complex Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3400Research Topics in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3510Combinatorics and Graph Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3700Advanced Differential Equations
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3820Numerical Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3830Operations Research 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3840Optimisation in Business and Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3850Industrial Project
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3010Statistical Inference
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3030Generalised Linear Models
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3040Time Series Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3100Total Quality Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3120Applied Bayesian Methods
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3170Surveys and Experiments
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3990Topics in Statistics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.For more information about honours, please refer to the program handbooks for the Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours); http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-mathematics-honours/handbook


Program Learning Outcomes

  • In-depth knowledge and skills in mathematics a) Proficiency in the fundamentals of mathematics and statistics b) Knowledge and skills of at least one area of Mathematics to a depth sufficient for further study, research or employment as a mathematician or statistician c) Overview of areas of mathematics and understanding of connections between them
  • Experience and understanding of mathematical applications a) Ability to formulate mathematically problems arising outside mathematics b) Ability to validate mathematical models and to interpret their results c) Ability to apply and adapt mathematical or statistical knowledge to a wide range of situation
  • Judgement and ability in problem solving a) Ability to form conjectures and to test them using mathematical or statistical methods b) Ability to reason formally from hypotheses to conclusions c) Experience in the use of mathematical and statistical resources from the literature or in computational tools d) Ability to develop mathematical methods for the solution of problems
  • Effective communication with the mathematical and broader community a) Ability to use mathematical or statistical tools to assimilate and to present information b) Ability to present clear and systematic reasoning in an appropriate form c) Ability to articulate mathematical concepts and arguments
  • Independence and collaboration a) Capacity to work autonomously b) Capacity to work in a team
  • Understanding of the importance of standards of mathematical practice within the profession and broader

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Students with an outstanding record in HSC Extension 2 Mathematics at High School may be eligible to enter an Accelerated program which allows them to complete the Bachelor of Mathematics degree program in five semesters. Please contact the Bachelor of Mathematics Program Convenor if you are interested.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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