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Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

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CSU's Graduate Diploma of Mathematics provides mathematical training for people who do not have a university background in mathematics. Graduates in other disciplines who need to know and use mathematics in order to progress in their careers will also find the course meets their needs.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Diploma of Mathematics provides a flexible and tailored program of study to meet the varied needs of graduates. It aims to increase studentsÂ’ quantitative skills by taking students from a high school calculus level of mathematics to the higher level required in various professions; for example teaching, engineering, finance, insurance, epidemiology and meteorology. In particular, this course allows teachers to add mathematics as a second teaching area or to move from primary to secondary mathematics teaching.

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Mathematics includes topics in algebra and calculus that every advanced user of mathematics needs to know. It will supplement the knowledge and skills base of the graduate who has found that their previous mathematical training is now limiting. It can provide a flexible, tailored program of study to meet the varied needs of graduates in fields such as secondary education, research and extension work.

    Flexible study options

    Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques. These include distance education study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings, subject forums and additional online subject resources. The flexible learning environment allows students to study this online course from anywhere in the world. In the mathematics subjects, students are introduced to a mathematical computer software program, Maple, and are encouraged to apply this when solving more advanced problems.

    As with all CSU's courses, the Graduate Diploma of Mathematics and Graduate Certificate in Mathematics are designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. Our students choose between full-time and part-time study options to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study just one subject in an academic session or, with approval, fast-track degree completion by undertaking two or more subjects per session.

  • Credit and pathways

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

    More about Credit

  • Workplace learning

    The teaching focused students will need to complete a Mathematics Curriculum Methods subject, where they will prepare assessments that are directly relevant to mathematics teaching. These students must also complete a Professional Experience subject, where they must demonstrate their competence by completing a 25-day mathematics teaching professional experience across Year 7-12 in a secondary school.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT442 Professional Experience 2

  • 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

    Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

    This course consists of 64 points. Students are required to complete the two core subjects and six restricted electives.  Students must complete a minimum of four subjects at level 3 or higher.

    Core subjects

    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2

    Restricted Electives

    These include mathematics, statistics and education subjects.

    The following subjects are focussed on extending the students mathematical and statistical skills.

    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
    STA308 Experimental Design
    STA347 Multivariate Statistics
    STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    STA427 Generalised Linear Models
    STA502 Spatial Statistics

    The following subjects are to be studied by the teaching focussed students only:

    EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1: Mathematics
    EMM442 Curriculum Methods 2: Mathematics*
    Professional Experience
    EPT442: Professional Experience 2

    *This could replace one of the unspecified elective credits for those eligible students.

    EMM441 and EPT442 are compulsory restricted electives for those students studying the course to add mathematics as a second teaching area or to retrain from primary to secondary mathematics.

    For those students who do not have Head Teacher Mathematics aspirations, and do not want to study more than the minimum number of subjects required by their state Teaching Association may apply for a maximum of two subject credits based on their initial teaching qualification. These will be awarded as unspecified elective credits.

    Secondary teachers who have been teaching an 80% load in mathematics across years 7-12 for at least one year may apply for proficiency credit for EPT442, based on professional experience. This will be assessed by the subject coordinator for the subject in the Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences.

     

    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
    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

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

    It is possible to complete the course in one year if a student starts in session 1 of the calendar year however there is no flexibility in the choice of restricted electives. For most students the course would take at least 18 months as students need to have successfully completed both the core first year mathematics subjects to be able to study most of the higher level mathematics subjects.

    Enrolment pattern for students who commence in session 1 of the calendar year

    Session 1
    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    [ ] Restricted Elective

    Students may study a single subject each session however this would extend the completion time. Students could commence the course in sessions 2 or 3 however would be restricted in their choice of subjects and the enrolment pattern would vary depending on subject availability and subject prerequisite requirements.

    Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

    For most students the course would take at least 2 years as students need to have successfully completed both the core first year mathematics subjects to be able to study most of the higher level mathematics subjects.

    Those students studying the course to add mathematics as a second teaching area may be able to complete the course in 18 months if a student starts in session 1 of the calendar year and has approved credits based on their initial secondary teacher education course.

    Enrolment pattern for students who commence in session 1 of the calendar year

    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

    EMM441 and EPT442 are compulsory restricted electives for those students studying the course to add mathematics as a second teaching area or to retrain from primary to secondary mathematics.  Such students, who study two subjects a session and start in session 1, are advised to select EMM441 as the restricted elective with MTH101 in their first session and MTH419 in their second session.

    Students may study a single subject each session however this would extend the completion time.

    Students could commence the course in sessions 2 or 3 however would be restricted in their choice of subjects and the enrolment pattern would vary depending on subject availability and subject prerequisite requirements.

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics applicants are required to have completed an undergraduate degree or, a relevant, academically – oriented TAFE qualification or, a teaching qualification or have a minimum of one year of employment in a scientific or quantitative environment. Applicants must also have studied a high school mathematics subject (within the last 10 years) that includes calculus (such as 2 unit Mathematics in NSW or Mathematical Methods in Victoria), OR have completed a University level mathematics subject which includes calculus (such as MTH105) which is deemed by the Course Coordinator to be equivalent.

    Students who attempt the subject EPT442 will need to undergo a police check.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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


    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

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

  • Scholarships
    STEP scholarship

    Have you considered taking that extra STEP? The Sponsored Training Education Program (STEP) scholarship is an initiative of teach.NSW and is available to help your career advancement. STEP provides you with assistance to undertake further studies to gain additional approval in areas such as mathematics, and offers permanent employment in geographical areas of staffing need. 

    Some of the benefits include:

    • an annual tuition subsidy of up to $5,000 based on a full-time study load (pro-rata for part-time study)
    • an annual general purpose allowance of $300
    • a $3,000 relocation allowance for teachers who relocate to an area of staffing need following course completion (where ineligible for Transferred Officers Compensation)
    • a study completion grant of $2,500 upon eligibility for the award of the additional qualification or studies
    • up to eight days relief, to be paid to the school, per annum
    • study leave in accordance with current provisions contained in the Teachers Handbook.

    In addition to the financial support, successful applicants who complete the required studies under the program will:

    • permanent appointment to a NSW public school in a high-demand location
    • acquire new knowledge and further their teaching skills
    • broaden their career advancement opportunities and eligibility for executive and leadership roles
    • have more flexible options to support career longevity.

    Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBDN
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBDN
    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (eight subjects).

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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, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. 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 School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. 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.

  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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