Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an in depth study of a topic in mathematics at an advanced level. The topic is individually chosen to suit the student's background and aspirations, and will be offered either as a lecture course or as a reading course under the direction of a member of the academic staff.

Each student's topic must be approved by the Honours program convenor.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content and context of an advanced mathematical topic

2. Apply advanced mathematical problem solving skills

3. Use sophisticated mathematical communication skills in the presentation of mathematical arguments


In this course students will be required to complete a single topic of study drawn from an area of mathematics such as:

  • algebra, applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, experimental and computational mathematics, functional analysis, geometry, mathematical modelling, mathematical physics, nonlinear analysis, number theory, operations research, optimisation and topology.

The topics on offer in any given year will be determined by staff availability and student interest. A topic will only be offered once in any calendar year

Assumed knowledge

A strong background in 3000/4000 level courses relevant to the topic

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Instruction will be by either lecture or individual supervision of a reading course.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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