• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Minor code MATH-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Mathematics is the study of universal patterns and structures; it is the quantitative language of the world; it underpins information technology, computer science, engineering, and the physical sciences; and it plays an increasingly important role in the biological and medical sciences, economics, finance, environmental science, sociology and psychology.

The mathematics minor is designed to provide a foundation in Calculus, Linear Algebra and basic modelling techniques using differential equations. In parallel, critical thinking is developed through the analysis of quantitative problems.

For a deeper and more broad study of mathematics, students can take later year courses to complete the major in Mathematics.

Students with a good background in mathematics have many more options in terms of career possibilities, and are highly sought after for postgraduate study in almost every quantitative field. As commented by Ross Gittins, economics editor, Sydney Morning Herald, "Employers set a lot of store by mathematical ability and are more likely to hire someone with a good background in mathematics".

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed the Mathematics minor will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ideas, concepts and techniques of Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
  2. Identify the mathematics required to solve some applied problems.
  3. Read and write simple mathematical proofs.
  4. Solve non-routine mathematical problems by translating ideas into a precise mathematical formulation.
  5. Develop clear and logical thinking, as demonstrated by the critical analysis of quantitative problems.
  6. Appreciate that mathematics is embedded in everyday life through its influence in fields, such as the physical, biological, medical, social and economical sciences.
  7. Draw on discipline based experiences of working collaboratively, communicating mathematical knowledge and acting professionally and responsibility in further study, or professional pursuits.
  8. Recognise the importance of continuing professional development and be able to extend knowledge of mathematics through independent reading and learning.

Other Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? For a greater choice of later year courses students are advised to do MATH1115 and MATH1116, although the minor may be completed with MATH1013 and MATH1014.

Students interested in doing a major in Mathematics but who do not have an appropriate background to begin MATH1013, may do MATH1003 before beginning MATH1013.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Mathematics minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 OR 6
MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 OR 6
MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

2000- and 3000-level courses from the subject area MATH Mathematics

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