Mathematics for Education - MATHV14076

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Mathematics and Statistics


Program: 4076 - Science/Education (Secondary)


Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Stream Outline

The discipline of mathematics at UNSW is divided into several areas of study: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

Pure Mathematics is the study of the essential structures of mathematics. Work by pure mathematicians underpins most of the technological advances of this century. Pure Mathematics is concerned with problems and techniques which transcend specific applications. Research, focusing on the development of existing theories or the creation of new ones, may be driven by applications or by the internal demands of the discipline. Pure Mathematics courses provide the insights and understanding required by those using mathematics, leading to mastery of the fundamental processes of mathematical science and the capacity for innovative applications in any area.

Applied Mathematics concerns the development of mathematics and models for understanding scientific phenomena, for the solution of technical and industrial problems, and for use in the social, economic and management sciences. Courses are designed to provide basic mathematical and computational skills needed for a wide range of applications, to develop the capability to construct, analyse and interpret mathematical models, and to encourage enthusiasm for the role of the mathematician in a variety of contexts.

Statistics is the science and art of using factual material for modelling and inference. Its mathematical foundations are in the theory of probability and it deals with how to estimate and make decisions using knowledge which is uncertain or observational material which is subject to error. There is a rich interplay of ideas between the theory of statistics and fields such as engineering, medicine and biological and behavioural sciences where statistical problems constantly arise.

This stream is for a major in Mathematics for Education as part of a concurrent Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Education program (4076). Only students enrolled concurrently in both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education program may take this major. The major ensures that students meet all accreditation requirements with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Stream Structure

A major in Mathematics for Education is comprised of 66 units of credit of courses as follows:

Stage 1
Note: students who intend to become Mathematics teachers need to complete at least 6 UOC of computing courses (e.g., COMP1911, COMP1400, or ENGG1811) and 6 UOC of Physics (e.g. PHYS1111, PHYS1121, or PHYS1131).

Stage 2

Stage 3
*Note: Students can substitute MATH3611 Higher Analysis (6 UOC) for MATH3570 Foundations of Calculus (3 UOC) and still satisfy the requirements for accreditation. However, where MATH3611 is substituted for MATH3570, students may need to take 3 UOC of courses above the minimum UOC requirements for the program, unless they are able to find another 3 UOC science course to take as an elective.
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