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MAT8190 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies B

Semester 2, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Harry Butler
Moderator: Trevor Langlands

Other requisites

Enrolment in this course requires the approval of the appropriate Program Coordinator.
Depending on the topic chosen, some students may need to have successfully completed prerequisite courses.


This course provides flexibility in honours and postgraduate programs to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specialisations of students. Mathematicians need to be proficient in a wide range of mathematical concepts and techniques. Many of these are either only touched on or omitted from undergraduate programs. An opportunity to broaden the students' knowledge-base with more advanced concepts and techniques is provided in this course.


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 complementary study area chosen will be approved after the student consults with the supervisor, 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. The examiner will have a list of potential supervisors available for each topic. It is the student's responsibility to then contact a potential supervisor.One of the following topics can be chosen. other choices may be available. The content of the course may vary from student to student. The weighting of the sub-topics within this unit depends on the topic chosen and will be discussed with the supervisor.
? Numerical Computation is used to determine approximate solutions to complex physical problems, which occur in: Finance, Astrophysics, Fluid dynamics and Atmospheric scent etc. This course extends the methods covered in MAT2409. Topics may include: MPI algorithms (Parallel Computation), Discrete methods for Differential Equations, Simulation, Shooting methods, and Power Series methods.
? Modelling of Physical Systems: This course extends upon concepts introduced in Mathematical Modelling and Dynamical Systems MAT3103. Topics may include Study of Particular Dynamical Systems in Application to Engineering or other fields; Qualitative Methods of Solutions of Differential Equations; Advanced Study of Phase Plane Analysis; Exact Methods in Nonlinear Wave Theory.
? Financial Mathematics This course extends upon the methods and theory introduced in MAT3104 Mathematical Modelling in Financial Economics, particularly in the topic of the equivalent martingale measure and its application in option pricing. Students are also expected to have a high level of communication skills by being able to use LaTeX or a similar package.

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  • 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
Assessments 20.00
Private Study 90.00
Project Work 40.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 100 100 21 Jul 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Assessment Details to be advised when student's complementary studies programme is determined. Examiner to advise due dates.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's 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:
    Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  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 In particular, Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

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 2 of the semester as in TOPICS above.

  2. Assessment for the course will vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the thrid 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; penalties for late submission of required work; requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course; the method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade; any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner.