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Unit Overview


This unit is the first of the two units, MATH4001 and MATH4002, which are taken in successive semesters, and jointly comprise the research project that must be completed to fulfill the requirements for the Honours course in Mathematics and Statistics. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Students are required to attend a scientific communication course and work on a research project in the area of Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics under the guidance of chosen academic supervisors. They should approach relevant academic staff members to discuss possible projects, and finalise one by the end of first week of the semester. This research will be preliminary to the research to be completed in the unit MATH4002. Depending on the topic, a student may attempt original work. They also learn how to typeset their dissertation using the mathematical typesetting language LaTeX.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Mathematics and Statistics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) plan and organise a research-based project on a mathematical or statistical topic (selected in conjunction with a supervisor); (2) explain the context and significance of their project with reference to the relevant literature; (3) prepare high-quality and well-structured mathematical documents in LaTeX; and (4) communicate research findings effectively both on paper and in oral presentations..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laTeX assignment and a practice talk completed in MATH4001; (2) seminar presentation completed in MATH4002; and (3) dissertation completed in MATH4002. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Adriano Polpo de Campos
Unit rules
Enrolment in
in the HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours]
Contact hours
Part 1: regular meetings with supervisor plus 7 lectures
Part 2: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.