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MAT8180 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies A

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing

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Examiner: Dmitry Strunin
Moderator: Yury Stepanyants

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Enrolment in this course is only available to students in Honours, Masters and some other Postgraduate programs and such enrolment requires the permission of the appropriate Program Coordinator.


This course exists to satisfy the need for some flexibility in Honours and Masters programs in Mathematics and Statistics to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specializations of students.


This course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study that will complement the other studies in the student's program. Typically the course will consist of specialized investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The studies could involve, for example, directed readings, extension of the project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity which would complement the student's studies in the program.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and skills in the complementary study area.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The content of the course may be chosen to be one of the following areas; other choices may be available. Suitable Level 3 courses enhanced by advanced work may also be chosen. The content of the course may vary from student to student.

What is Mathematics? (Ron Addie)

Reaction-diffusion systems (Dmitry Strunin)

Turbulent flows (Dmitry Strunin)

Nonlinear dynamics (Dmitry Strunin)

Language and mathematics (Linda Galligan)

Adults learning mathematics (Linda Galligan)

Bridging the gaps: secondary to tertiary and in the workforce (Linda Galligan)
Fundamental constructs in Mathematics Education (Oleksiy Yevdokimov)
2. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester, the supervisor will provide to the examiner, for approval by the Associate Dean -

an outline of the study

the objectives of the study

the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study

a statement about attendance requirements

requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily

the method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade

any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Texts to be advised by the student's supervisor.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 150.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 100 100 01 Mar 2011 (see note 1)

  1. Further details about the due dates are detailed in the assessment section of the Course Specifications.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    The complementary study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and the appropriate Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain complementary study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. It is the student's responsibility to find a staff member willing to supervise their study. It is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The supervisor will advise the student and the examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester as described in TOPICS above.

  2. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.