MATH3041 is a Mathematics Level III course. 

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisites: 12 units of credit in Level 2 Maths courses.

Cycle of offering: Term 2

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information:

The course handout contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. 

Important additional information as of 2023

UNSW Plagiarism Policy

The University requires all students to be aware of its policy on plagiarism.

For courses convened by the School of Mathematics and Statistics no assistance using generative AI software is allowed unless specifically referred to in the individual assessment tasks.

If its use is detected in the no assistance case, it will be regarded as serious academic misconduct and subject to the standard penalties, which may include 00FL, suspension and exclusion.

Please note the following recent changes to the programs 3956 and 3962, in Applied Mathematics.

1.       From 2022 there will be 3 new courses:

  • MATH3051 to be offered in T3 every year. All students who will be doing level 3 in Applied Maths in 2022 and 2023 will be strongly advised to take this course as an elective course. From 2024 this course will be one of two core courses.
  • MATH3371/5371 to be offered in T1 every year
  • MATH3191/5191 to be offered in T3, alternate with MATH3171/5171

2.       From 2024 all level 3 students in Applied Maths should note that MATH3051 and MATH3041 will be one of two possible core courses.

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH3041, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

Course aims

The fundamental aim of this course is to help students to acquire the skills that major employers of science/mathematics graduates have expressed most interest in.
These skills include:

  • formulating, modelling and solving problems from diverse and challenging areas,
  • flexibility in applying mathematics and problem solving across different applications,
  • computational skills,
  • written and spoken communication skills
  • teamwork skills

Course description

Why are no two snowfakes alike? When will the next major stock market collapse occur? Which is the greatest sporting nation on earth? Addressing real world problems involves the steps of formulating a mathematical description of the problem, solving the mathematical model, interpreting the mathematical solution and critically evaluating the model. Motivated by real world problems, the course will survey mathematical techniques for: achieving the best possible outcomes, predicting future events and dealing with uncertainties. The course will provide introductions to popular mathematical resources for algebraic manipulation, numerical simulation and presentation. As part of the course requirements, students will be expected to work in groups on mathematical modelling projects and they will be expected to prepare a group report, both written and oral, describing the project. The course aims to equip students with the modelling skills and presentation skills for dealing with real world problems.