UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Mathematics and Statistics

Honours in Mathematics and Statistics will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to solve complex mathematical and/or statistical problems of a theoretical or applied nature, depending on your specialisation. You will acquire good research skills and the communication skills required to present the results of your work to colleagues and to companies, institutions and/or individuals you are collaborating with or working for.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) apply mathematical reasoning to analyse the essential structure of problems arising in areas of mathematics or statistics; (2) extend their knowledge of mathematical techniques and adapt solutions to different situations; and (3) communicate mathematical results in written and verbal form.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of a least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Mathematics and Statistics major or Quantitative Methods.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

For students taking Applied Mathematics:
(1) take all units from Group A (24 points)
(2) take all units from Group B (18 points)
(3) take units to the value of 6 points from one of Group C, D, E or F

For students taking Pure Mathematics:
(1) take all units from Group A (24 points)
(2) take all units from Group C (18 points)
(3) take units to the value of 6 points from one of Group B, D, E or F

For students taking Statistics:
(1) take all units from Group A (24 points)
(2) take three units from Group D (18 points)
(3) take units to the value of 6 points from one of Group B, C, D, E or F

For students taking Mathematical Physics:
(1) take all units from Group A (24 points)
(2) take units to the value of 12 points units from Group E
(3) take units to the value of 12 points from one of Group B, C or D

In 2017, students can take MATH4024 Special unit: Modern Methods of Theoretical Modelling (6 points) as an option in Group F.

Group A—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2MATH4001Mathematics and Statistics Research Project Part 1PrerequisitesPart 1: enrolment in Honours in Mathematics and Statistics; Part 2: MATH4001 Mathematics and Statistics Research Project Part 1
S1, S2MATH4002Mathematics and Statistics Research Project Part 2Prerequisites: MATH4001 Mathematics and Statistics Research Project 1
Group B - Applied Mathematics—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1MATH4021Dynamical SystemsPrerequisites: MATH3021 Dynamics and Control
S2MATH4022Theoretical MechanicsPrerequisites: MATH3022 Scientific and Industrial Modelling
S2MATH4023Mathematical OptimisationPrerequisites: MATH2021 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
Group C - Pure Mathematics—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1MATH4031AlgebraPrerequisites: MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry
S1MATH4032Continuous Geometry and AnalysisPrerequisites: MATH3032 Analysis and Geometry
S2MATH4033Advanced Topics in Pure MathematicsPrerequisites: MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
Group D - Statistics—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1STAT4061Probability and Stochastic ProcessesPrerequisites: STAT3061 Random Processes and their Applications or STAT3401 Advanced Data Analysis
S2STAT4062Statistical Modelling and InferencePrerequisites: STAT3061 Random Processes and their Applications; or STAT3401 Advanced Data Analysis
S2STAT4063Computationally Intensive Methods in StatisticsPrerequisites: STAT3062 Statistical Science or STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments or STAT2402 Analysis of Observations
S1STAT4064Applied Predictive ModellingPrerequisites: STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments or STAT2402 Analysis of Observations or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Group E - Mathematical Physics—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical PhysicsPrerequisites: completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
Co-requisites: MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical PhysicsPrerequisites: PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Co-requisites: MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Group F—take units as per the sequence notes.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2MATH4011Special Topics in MathematicsPrerequisites: enrolment in Honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics IIPrerequisites: PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience