Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Mathematics provides a short program of postgraduate study for graduates in other disciplines who need to understand and use mathematics in their careers.

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics allows students from a non-mathematical background to upgrade their quantitative and problem solving skills. The course provides a flexible and tailored program of study to meet the varied needs of graduates in fields such as secondary education, technical, research and extension work.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    This course articulates fully with the Graduate Diploma of Mathematics. Students who proceed to study the Graduate Diploma will receive credit for all subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The articulated course consists of the following:

    Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

    This course consists of 32 points. Students are required to complete the two core subjects and two restricted electives with at least one at level 3 or higher.

    Core subjects

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2

    Restricted Electives

    EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1:Mathematics*
    MTH203 Numerical Methods
    MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
    MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations
    MTH307 Mathematical Modelling
    MTH309 Operations Research
    MTH328 Complex Analysis
    MTH418 Topics in Calculus
    MTH419 Linear Algebra
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics

    *Only appropriate for practising secondary teachers

    Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

    This course consists of 64 points. Students are required to complete the two core subjects and either a teaching stream (48 points) or a quantitative stream (48 points). Students must complete at least four subjects at level 3 or higher.

    Core subjects

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2

    Students in the teaching stream (for retraining as a secondary mathematics teacher), must also complete the curriculum subject, the professional experience and at least two restricted electives.

    Curriculum subject

    EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1: Mathematics

    Professional Experience

    EPT442: Professional Experience 2
    Teachers who have been teaching mathematics across years 7-12 for at least one year may apply for proficiency credit based on professional experience. This will be assessed by the subject coordinator for the subject in the Faculty of Education.

    Restricted Electives

    These subjects are focussed on extending the student's mathematics skills. Students must complete a minimum of two mathematics discipline subjects from the list below.

    MTH203 Numerical Methods
    MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
    MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations
    MTH307 Mathematical Modelling
    MTH309 Operations Research
    MTH328 Complex Analysis
    MTH418 Topics in Calculus
    MTH419 Linear Algebra
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics

    Two unrestricted elective subjects.

    Students who do not wish to study more than the six subjects required by the New South Wales Institute of Teachers (NSWIT) may apply to the course coordinator for credit for two subjects studied in their first degree.

    Students in the quantitative stream (to improve their quantitative skills), must also complete six restricted electives.

    Restricted Electives

    Students must complete six restricted elective subjects with a minimum of four at level 3 or higher. The restricted elective subjects are those approved by the course coordinator, including but not restricted to

    MTH203 Numerical Methods
    MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
    MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations
    MTH307 Mathematical Modelling
    MTH309 Operations Research
    MTH328 Complex Analysis
    MTH418 Topics in Calculus
    MTH419 Linear Algebra
    SPA402 Spatial Statistics
    SPA403 Algorithms in GIS Modelling
    SPA404 Remote Sensing Algorithms
    STA308 Experimental Design
    STA347 Multivariate Statistics
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    STA427 Generalised Linear Models

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

    It is likely that for most students the course would take 18 months as students need to have successfully completed first year mathematics to be able to study any higher level mathematics subjects.

    Students could commence the course in session 2 however would be restricted in their choice of subjects.

    Session 1

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 2

    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

    Teaching stream

    Students could commence the course in session 2 however would be restricted in their choice of subjects.

    Session 1

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1: Mathematics

    Session 2

    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 3

    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 4

    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Quantitative stream

    Students could commence the course in session 2 however would be restricted in their choice of subjects.

    Session 1

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 2

    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 3

    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 4

    [ ] Restricted Elective
    [ ] Restricted Elective

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    STA427 Generalised Linear Models

  • Admission information

    Applicants must have:

    • an undergraduate degree;
      OR
    • a relevant, academically-oriented TAFE qualification;
      OR
    • a teaching qualification;
      OR
    • a minimum of one year of employment in a scientific or quantitative environment.

    This course is designed for students who do not have a prior qualification in mathematics.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    *Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2900*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSNNYEBCM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBGM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBGM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (four subjects).

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, offering both undergraduate courses and postgraduate studies by distance. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business. You can choose to combine your study with many other areas such as science or teaching.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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