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Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (four subjects).

To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Mathematics, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (eight subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

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 find the course meets their needs.

About the course

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 need of graduates in fields such as secondary education, technical, research and extension work.

The course also provides an opportunity for secondary teachers in another discipline to retrain as mathematics teachers or for current secondary mathematics teachers to upgrade their qualifications.

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 course by distance 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 our 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.

Professional recognition

A secondary teacher who has completed the teaching stream of this course will have met the minimum requirements for eligibility for accreditation to teach mathematics as a second discipline in a NSW secondary school.

Workplace learning

Those students undertaking the teaching stream will need to complete EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1: Mathematics and EPT442 Professional Experience 2. In EMM441 students are required to prepare assessments that are directly relevant to mathematics teaching. In EPT 442 students must demonstrate their competence by completing a 25-day mathematics teaching professional experience in a secondary school.

Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education only and is offered across a two-session academic year with sessions commencing in February and July each year.

The Graduate Diploma of Mathematics has a minimum full-time duration of four sessions, however actual duration is dependent on subject availability and the session of commencement.

The Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate make up an articulated set of courses, and credit is awarded in the Graduate Diploma for subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate.

Students may elect to exit the Graduate Diploma after completion of four specified subjects and graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Students who complete the teaching stream in the Graduate Diploma of Mathematics may become mathematics teachers.

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
STA201 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

For those students in the teaching stream (for retraining as a secondary mathematics teacher), they 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 students 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
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Two free elective subjects.

Students who do not wish to study more than the six subjects required by the NSWIT may apply to the course coordinator for credit for two subjects studied in their first degree.

For those students in the quantitative stream (to improve their quantitative skills), they 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
STA201 Scientific Statistics
STA308 Experimental Design
STA347 Multivariate 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 resricted 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 resricted in their choice of subjects.

Session 1

MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
EMM441 Curriculum Methods 1: Mathematics

Session 2

MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
EPT442 Professional Experience 2

Session 3

[ ] Elective

[ ] Elective

Session 4

[ ] Elective

[ ] Elective

Quantitative stream

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

Session 1

MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
[ ] Elective

Session 2

MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
[ ] Elective

Session 3

[ ] Elective
[ ] Elective

Session 4

[ ] Elective
[ ] Elective

Articulation

  • Graduate Diploma of Mathematics
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

Professional recognition

Approval is being sought from the NSWIT for accreditation of this course for teachers who complete this course to meet the Professional Teaching Standards of a secondary mathematics teacher.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Graduate Diploma of Mathematics

  • Four sessions by distance education

  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Two sessions by distance education
  • International?

    YES

    Indicative ATAR

    N/A

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