Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Professor Kate Smith-Miles


Not offered in 2016


A series of mathematical topics chosen from a range of areas of pure and applied mathematics and mathematical statistics, including dynamics, chaos, computing algorithm design, mathematical modelling, number theory, logic, algebra, operation research and applied linear algebra. For example, applied linear algebra topics may include several important applications of eigenanalysis, including image compression, face recognition and understanding how Google's Page Rank search algorithm works.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate a variety of novel applications of mathematics;

  1. Demonstrate skills in independent investigation of a mathematical problem;

  1. Undertake a critical evaluation of some aspect of the mathematics literature;

  1. Demonstrate communication skills, including by presenting an oral report on their work;

  1. Use technical word processing packages, such as LaTeX, and graphics software packages.


Assignments 40%
Final examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial / computer laboratory per week

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Chief examiner(s)


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) or Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours with a HD in MTH1030 or D and above in MTH1035, or by invitation of the Head of School of Mathematical Sciences.