UWA Handbook 2017

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Michael Ashfield

Taking the Mathematics and Statistics major at UWA has enabled me to pursue my interest in numbers and discover their ability to impact and influence our world in a variety of ways. UWA's flexible course structure allowed me to combine my Mathematics and Statistics major with an Engineering Science major, as well as take units in Finance to broaden my career options.

Mathematics and Statistics major

Mathematics is humanity's most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavour such as science, technology, engineering and finance. It also underlies data analysis, forecasting, modelling, decision-making and problem-solving principles. Mathematicians contribute creatively to almost every aspect of modern life. This major will equip you with the mathematical tools and techniques of at least two of the three key disciplines of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and mathematical statistics.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) pure mathematics—(a) appreciate abstract ideas, rigour and logical deduction; (b) demonstrate exposure to axiomatic systems and the fundamentals of mathematics; (c) establish the truth of a statement and write correct and convincing proofs; (2) applied mathematics—(a) appreciate the power of mathematics to model and understand the real world; (b) demonstrate exposure to continuous and discrete mathematics models, dynamical systems and methods of approximation and simulation; (c) model real-world phenomena in the language of mathematics; (d) reduce a problem to mathematically tractable elements and understand the applicability of the mathematical solution to the original problem; and (3) statistics—(a) appreciate the collection, visual presentation and the analysis and interpretation of data from a wide range of sources; (b) understand the mathematical and practical consequences of chance variation in both the source and collection of data and how to make decisions taking these factors into account; (c) model real-world phenomena involving unpredictable variation in the language of mathematics; (d) select and fit appropriate mathematical/statistical models of data generating mechanisms; (e) use modern statistical computing packages for statistical analysis and simulation.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Mathematics and Statistics can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Mathematics and Statistics is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus Prerequisites: Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods Prerequisites: Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
Take complementary unit to the value of 6 points from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science Prerequisites: ATAR Mathematics Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility: SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics Prerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
S1 MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics Prerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods; for pre-2012 courses: MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra and MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability
Incompatibility: MATH2300 Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics
S2 STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications Prerequisites: (MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2) or (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods); for pre-2012 courses: MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability or FINA2205 Quantitative Methods for Finance
Incompatibility: MATH2209 Calculus and Probability or STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics

Level 3

take any 4 of MATH3021, MATH3022, MATH3031, MATH3032, STAT3061, STAT3062. Students intending to take Honours in Mathematics and Statistics should check that they will have the correct prerequisites for their desired specialisation..

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 MATH3021 Dynamics and Control Prerequisites: MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
S2 MATH3022 Scientific and Industrial Modelling Prerequisites: MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
S1 MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry Prerequisites: MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
S2 MATH3032 Analysis and Geometry Prerequisites: MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
S1 STAT3061 Random Processes and their Applications Prerequisites: STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
S2 STAT3062 Statistical Science Prerequisites: STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Mathematics and Statistics degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MTHST (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Mathematics and Statistics degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MTHST-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Mathematics and Statistics can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Mathematics and Statistics can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Mathematics and Statistics second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus Prerequisites: Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods Prerequisites: Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics Prerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
S1 MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics Prerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods; for pre-2012 courses: MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra and MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability
Incompatibility: MATH2300 Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics
S2 STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications Prerequisites: (MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2) or (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods); for pre-2012 courses: MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability or FINA2205 Quantitative Methods for Finance
Incompatibility: MATH2209 Calculus and Probability or STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics

Level 3

take any 4 of MATH3021, MATH3022, MATH3031, MATH3032, STAT3061, STAT3062. Students intending to take Honours in Mathematics and Statistics should check that they will have the correct prerequisites for their desired specialisation..

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 MATH3021 Dynamics and Control Prerequisites: MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
S2 MATH3022 Scientific and Industrial Modelling Prerequisites: MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
S1 MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry Prerequisites: MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
S2 MATH3032 Analysis and Geometry Prerequisites: MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
S1 STAT3061 Random Processes and their Applications Prerequisites: STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
S2 STAT3062 Statistical Science Prerequisites: STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Mathematics and Statistics can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MTHST (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Mathematics and Statistics can also be taken as a degree-specific major.