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Department of Mathematics
The University of Auckland Faculty of Science
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Mathematics Undergraduate Handbook
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82121 or 85886

Fax: +64 9 373 7457

Important dates 5 Courses timetable 40

Mathematics studies: questions and answers 6 Lectures, tutorials and assignments 40

Why study mathematics? 8 Time allocation per course 40

What are the main degrees with mathematics? 10 Study guides 40

Mathematics and your career 11 Course work and assignments 40

Applications for Aegrotat and

Undergraduate mathematics studies 14
Compassionate consideration 40
Introduction to undergraduate studies 15
Getting help 41
Pre-degree programmes 14
The Student Resource Centre 41
Selecting Stage I courses 15
Assistance Room 41
Stage I courses 16
Māori and Pasifika (Tuākana) tutorial rooms 42
Stage II and III 19
Individual assistance from teaching staff 42
Stage II courses 20
Extra tutorials 42
Stage III courses 24
One-to-one tutoring 42
2010 Undergraduate courses diagram 30
Buying textbooks 42
Branches of mathematics 28
Calculators 42
Pure mathematics 28
Computer access 42
Applied mathematics 29
Communication and student representation 43 The Department of Mathematics is one of
Mathematics education 32 the largest and most diverse departments
Admission and enrolment procedures 44
Mathematics with statistics 32 within The University of Auckland, covering
Academic programmes structure 45 Applied Mathematics, Mathematics
Industrial mathematics 33
Improve your English language skills 48 Education and Pure Mathematics. It has
Mathematics with computer science 33
Academic honesty, cheating and plagiarism 48 a strong international reputation and
Furthering your studies 34 offers degrees and diplomas that enjoy
Graduate mathematics 35 Student services and important locations 50 widespread recognition with employers in
Graduate Diploma in Science 35 Student associations 51 New Zealand and internationally.
Bachelor of Science (Arts) (Honours) 36 Students with disabilities 51 Staff of the Mathematics Department teach and
Postgraduate Diploma in Science 36 Harassment 51 research in many of the faculties of this
WAVE: Welfare. Advocacy. Voice. Education 52 University. It is possible to study Mathematics in
Master of Science (Arts) 36
combination with a very wide range of other
2010 Postgraduate Courses 37 Career advice 52
subjects, especially in the Faculties of Arts,
Student support services 53 Commerce and Science for the degrees of BA,
Department and university information for new
Important locations 54 BCom or BSc. Mathematics is an ideal supporting
students 38
University Library | Te Tumu Herenga 55
subject for students of many other disciplines.
Facilities for new students 39
Lecture theatres locations 56 Those studying in this department will be
Organising your studies and getting help 40
City Campus map 57 introduced to the excitement of learning and
Further information about a
exploring mathematics for its own sake and to the
mathematics course 40 Members of the Department 58 satisfaction of using mathematics to model and
explain our world. They will be expected to use
their skills and imagination on problems from old
Disclaimer and emerging areas of mathematics, and from
Although every reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy, the information in this document is provided as a general guide only for students and
is subject to alteration. All students enrolling at The University of Auckland must consult its official document, the Calendar of The University of applied fields such as modelling the functions of
Auckland (see, to ensure that they are aware of and comply with all regulations, requirements and policies. the heart to waves in sea-ice.
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The increased analytical ability, comprehension of
abstract concepts and creative thinking that you
Important dates
gain from studying mathematics are highly Academic year 2010
valued in the business, industrial, social and
Summer School - 2010
academic worlds.
Lectures begin Tuesday 5 January
Graduates from the department take up positions Auckland Anniversary Day Monday 1 February
in business, foreign affairs, industry, research Deadline to withdraw from Summer school courses 1 week before end of lectures (Friday 5 February)
teams, planning and environmental Waitangi Day Saturday 6 February
organisations, and a wide range of other areas. Lectures end Friday 12 February
If you are majoring in another subject but enjoy Study break/exams Monday 15 February - Wednesday 17 February
mathematics, you might like to consider a double Summer School ends Wednesday 17 February
major which includes mathematics. It is our “People with a knowledge of maths are in demand Semester One - 2010
experience that your future prospects and in all sorts of areas you might not expect, like the Semester One begins Monday 1 March
employability in any other field are enhanced with military or Department of Foreign Affairs, and in Mid-semester/Easter Break Monday 5 April - Friday 16 April
significant mathematical content in your degree. any branch of industry where processes need ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April
modelling. In its purest form, maths is the ability to Graduation Thursday 29 April - Friday 7 May
Using mathematics as a supplement to your think abstractly and analytically, and to solve Deadline to withdraw from first semester courses 3 weeks before end of lectures (Friday 21 May)
primary major will enhance your future career problems, and those skills always have currency.” Queen's Birthday Monday 7 June
and professional life.
Lectures end Saturday 5 June
We will be pleased to welcome you as a student Study break/exams Saturday 5 June - Monday 28 June
BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, now PhD Semester One ends Monday 28 June
to the Department of Mathematics. student at Princeton
Inter-semester break Tuesday 29 June - Saturday 17 July
James sneyd Semester Two - 2010
Head of Department Semester Two begins Monday 19 July
Mid-semester break Monday 30 August - Saturday 11 September
Graduation Tuesday 21 September - Thursday 23 September
Deadline to withdraw from second semester courses 3 weeks before end of lectures
Lectures end Saturday 23 October
Labour Day Monday 25 October
Study break/exams Saturday 23 October - Monday 15 November
Semester Two ends Monday 15 November
Semester One - 2011
Semester One begins Monday 28 February 2011

Closing dates for applications for admission in 2010

Deadline for new students to submit an Application for admission, if they wish to
1 December 2009
take Summer school courses in 2010
Deadline for new students to submit an application for Admission if they plan to
take only Semester One and Two courses. If you are a new student, only one
Application for Admission is required. This form is due on either 1 December or
8 December 2009
8 December, depending on whether you want to take Summer School courses
as well. Applications received after these dates may be accepted if there are
places available.

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Mathematics studies:
questions and answers
Why study Mathematics? 8
What are the main degrees with
mathematics? 10
Mathematics and your career 11

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What about a double major? Can I take mathematics courses
Why study Mathematics? even if I do not have a good math
If you are majoring in another subject but enjoy
mathematics, you might like to consider a double background?
What makes mathematics different What is the mathematics major
from other subjects? structure? major which includes mathematics. Yes. There are entry-level Mathematics courses
for various degrees of preparation. Please consult
The subject of Mathematics has many aspects: it Mathematics majors have a broad choice of Using mathematics as a supplement to your the information on pre-degree programmes (page
can be challenging, beautiful, powerful, courses and pathways. After completing a set of primary major will enhance your future career 14) and on entry-level courses (pages 15-18).
fascinating, even mysterious to some people, but core courses, you will be able to chose from a and professional life. It is our experience that your
above all it is useful. variety of courses representing the main areas of future prospects and employability in any other
mathematics. Can I fit mathematics into any
field are enhanced with significant mathematical
Mathematics interacts with other disciplines and degree?
content in your degree. The increased analytical
makes essential contributions to science, First-year (Stage I) courses in mathematics are Yes. Besides the regular entry level maths
ability, comprehension of abstract concepts and
medicine and commerce, as well as to many designed to provide you with a range of concepts, courses, another way of discovering Mathematics
creative thinking that you gain from studying
important contemporary areas of technology theoretical results, and analytical, computational when you are majoring in Arts, Social Sciences,
mathematics are highly valued in the business,
such as communications, linguistics and genetics. and modelling skills that may be applied in a Business and Commerce, Humanities, Life or
industrial, social and academic worlds.
Wherever problems need to be solved, wide variety of areas - in the biological, Physical Sciences, Communications or Languages,
mathematics has a role to play. In fact, many information and physical sciences, economics, are two General Education courses (see the
sciences rely so heavily on mathematics that their engineering and finance for example. What degrees may I get with
General Education section for details): MATHS
most important questions are, fundamentally, a double major which includes
101G “Mathematics in Society” and MATHS
mathematical. Stage II and III courses build on these, covering mathematics?
190G “Great Ideas Shaping our World”.
more advanced topics, with the aim of helping Please refer to page 10 of the Handbook.
you to acquire a broader base of skills and a
What will a mathematics major do I am not sure what courses to
for me?
deeper understanding of the concepts involved. What are the degree and major
requirements? choose: who can I talk to?
Mathematics leads to perhaps more diverse If you wish to discuss your major options, have
Will I have the opportunity to study
potential careers than any other discipline You will find the requirements for various degrees problems enrolling in mathematics courses or any
topics I have a deep interest in?
because it is the language through which nature, that give you the opportunity to study enquiries, please contact the Undergraduate
technology and reality are described. It is thus Yes. Every year, undergraduate research Summer mathematics: Advisor at the Mathematics Department:
essential for almost every sphere of knowledge Scholarships are awarded to some of the top
and activity in the modern world. students in the department. This is an • at for Jamie Sneddon
opportunity to experience the kind of research- Science degrees and diplomas Room 305 - Building 303
For these reasons, mathematics is a powerful and related work that you could do at postgraduate Phone: ext 82121
versatile major. level. • at for Arts
degrees and diplomas
With a degree comprising quantitative methods
courses (mathematics, statistics, operations What if I choose another major?
research and computing) you will have many
opportunities for careers in industry or If you are majoring in Computer Science,
government, computer development, insurance, Statistics, Finance, Economics, Physics, Psychology,
meteorology, traffic engineering, systems or any other science, then you will find that the
analysis, computer programming, statistics, coursework in your major relies heavily on
biometrics or operations research, and many mathematics. In order to have the best
other fields. opportunity to do well in those courses and
absorb that material, it is very beneficial to
There is also a strong demand for mathematics identify and take the appropriate mathematics
teachers, in New Zealand and abroad. courses.
Mathematics majors are also strong candidates
to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields. The courses offered by the Department of
Mathematics have applications to many other
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Mathematics and your career
What are the main degrees with mathematics?
Choosing a Degree Computation or Industrial Mathematics. A good mathematical background enhances and • Teaching
develops your problem-solving skills,
comprehension of abstract concepts and • Traffic Analysis and Engineering
Mathematics can be studied as either a major or
BCom (Bachelor of Commerce, 3 year analytical and creative thinking. These are valued
minor in any of the most popular degrees. The • Sustainability Analysis (Landcorp)
programme) qualities in technical roles and in positions of
Faculty of Science offers degrees in Mathematics
(this includes Mathematics Education courses) Take Mathematics along with courses in leadership and management. According to the or as
and Applied Mathematics. The Faculty of Arts accounting, finance, economics, management, US-based website, the job of
marketing, computer information systems. mathematician is the “best” occupation out of a • Actuary
offers degrees and diplomas in Mathematics (this
includes Applied Mathematics and Mathematics list of 200, with other maths-based jobs like • Business Analysist
Education courses). Your choice of degree BA (Bachelor of Arts, 3 year programme) statistician, actuary, accountant, computer
depends upon what else you want to study. scientist and economist also making the top • Information Analysist (MSD)
For a major in Mathematics, combine
mathematics courses with any of: statistics, • Neuroscientist (Harvard)
BSc (Bachelor of Science, 3 year programme)
geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, For more information about how mathematics • Resource Accounting Analyst (Landcorp),
For a major in Mathematics, as part of a education, philosophy or any other Arts subject. studies could enhance your career, see
Bachelor of Science, you can combine • Scientist-Modeller/Statistician (NIWA)
mathematics courses with courses in: computer Conjoint BCom/BSc or Conjoint BA/BCom
• Telecommunications consultants (Telecom)
science, statistics, physics, psychology, biological (both give 2 degrees in a minimum of 4 Our graduates have made careers in:
sciences, geography, chemistry, geology, or sports years) • Academia Further possible careers include:
and exercise science. These are challenging programmes that permit a
• Analysis with Policy Focus • Aeronautics
broader education and increased employment
You can also take mathematics courses as part of
opportunities. • Biostatistics • Airline scheduling
a specialisation in Bioinformatics, Logic and
• Biotechnology (USA) • Automobile industry consultants
Degrees and specialisations including Mathematics courses1 • Brain modelling and imaging
• Carthography
Degrees Majors Specialisations • Chemistry • Circuit design
Mathematics Applied Industrial Logic and Bioinformatics • Commercial Banking • Cryptography (including internet and
Mathematics Mathematics 2 telecommunication security)
• Ecological modelling (AgResearch)
• Data mining
* • Electrical or Computer Engineering
* * * * * • Drug development
• Insurance Risk Assesment (Vero)
* * *2 *2 • Internet traffic-routing
• Information systems or Computer science
* * • Military intelligence
2 • Investment banks
* * * • Oceanography/Fisheries
• Meteorology (Metservice)
* • Soil-remediation
3 • Ministery of Defence
* * *3 * • Seismic exploration
• Operations Research
* * • Space missions
• Research (Crown and private institutions)
the Graduate Mathematics section (Page 25) and the Mathematics Postgraduate Handbook for • Stock-market brokers
explanation about graduate and postgraduate (post-Bachelor) degrees and diplomas. 2Does not include • Software Programming
a mathematics major, but require specialisations in these areas (including courses in topics other than ... applied mathematicians have even been
mathematics) . 3Requires PGDipSci/BSc(Hons) in another subject than Mathematics. • Statistical analysis (eg. Statistics NZ) consultants to chocolatiers!
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Heading B to
undergraduate studies
Undergraduate Most students coming to The University of
Auckland study towards a degree. The most
common is a Bachelor’s degree, such as a

Mathematics Studies Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA) or

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). A degree is also
known as a programme.

It usually takes three years of full time study to

complete a BSc. Each year at university, students
Pre-degree programmes 12
should take 8 courses if they are doing a full time
Selecting Stage I courses 13 programme – 4 courses per semester.
Stage I courses 14
As progress is made through the degree, the
Stage II and III 17
courses become more specialised. To illustrate
Stage II courses 18 this, courses are divided into three levels of
Stage III courses 22 difficulty – Stage I, II and III. Sometimes, students
2010 undergraduate courses diagram 30 need a preparation to Stage I courses: several
pre-degree programmes exist for them.
Branches of mathematics 28
Pure mathematics 28 Some Stage I and II courses need to be taken
Applied mathematics 29 before some other Stage II and III courses. The
former are called prerequisites. Some courses
Mathematics education 32 cannot be taken if other courses are taken. These
Mathematics with statistics 32 are known as restrictions.
Industrial mathematics 33
A student needs to take at least 4 courses (60
Mathematics with computer science 33 points) at Stage III for a major or a specialisation.

A BSc in Mathematics can be in Mathematics or

in Applied Mathematics. Mathematics can also
be taken as a major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Particularly, students should refer to the Calendar
Mathematics courses are also included as part of to ensure they comply with all degree
other programmes such as: the Bachelor of requirements. The Calendar is the legal reference
Technology and the Bachelor of Commerce. document of The University of Auckland. It sets
out details of general University and programme-
A good starting point for essential information
specific regulations and provides detailed course
about enrolment and degrees is the Faculty of
information. It can be accessed online, or via
Science Prospective students webpage at www.
Faculty offices or at the University’s various
libraries. Details on courses and their
requirements can be found in the “Regulations for
The present handbook should be read in the Degree of Bachelor of Science” (or in the
conjunction with the 2010 University of Auckland “Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts”)
Calendar. See sections.
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Pre-degree programmes Selecting
Heading BStage I
Superstart refresher course
Superstart aims to boost skills and understanding
MAX (Mathematical Acceleration
and eXtension)
mathematics courses
The Mathematics Department has a variety of entry-level courses in Mathematics, depending upon a
in order to make a pass in the standard A course designed for high-school students who student’s mathematical background.
entry-level mathematics courses more achievable. have shown themselves to be able
(Please see the table on page 13 for advice on mathematicians and who can handle a solid Enrolment in Stage I courses is largely determined by NCEA results, or equivalent. Students should
enrolling in the appropriate entry-level courses.) workload. For further details see consult course diagrams and descriptions in this handbook and choose the courses they feel will suit or them best. Enrolment choices can be revised during the first two weeks of each semester.
Superstart makes a big difference specifically to
students planning to enrol in: MATHS 108, Background Course Notes
MATHS 150 or ENGSCI 111 and who:
Wendy Stratton No Level 3 Mathematics or Statistics MATHS 101/101G For students with little or no
• have a low level of achievement in Year 13 Room 413 and fewer than 12 credits in Mathematics in Society school mathematics
Calculus: eg. NCEA Level 3 Calculus (average Phone: ext 85757 Mathematics at Level 2. preparation. Can also be
below merit), or C or less in CIE A2 Email: taken as General Education
• have gaps in their preparation Tertiary Foundation Certificate
At least 18 credits in Mathematics MATHS 102 Covers much of the content
Programme (Tfc)
• have studied Statistics rather than Calculus at at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) and Functioning in Mathematics of NCEA Level 3 Calculus.
Level 3, The Tertiary Foundation Certificate Programme fewer than 12 credits in Calculus or
(TFC) is recommended for students who need Statistics at NCEA Level 3; or less
• have 7th form equivalent maths qualifications, skills, confidence and a qualification, to equip than C in Mathematics CIE AS.
but have not studied maths for some time. them for university study. It is a full-year
programme covering a range of subjects where At least 12 credits in NCEA Level 3 MATHS 108 Extends Level 3 Calculus.
Students falling into the categories above can Mathematics and English are compulsory. The Calculus, or at least 18 credits in General Mathematics 1
expect real difficulty in the first year entry level Mathematics section prepares students for NCEA level 3 Statistics; C or D in
Mathematics courses (MATHS 108, ENGSCI 111). MATHS 101 or MATHS 102 the following year. CIE A2 or C or better in CIE AS; or
Further information is available from the MATHS 102. May not be taken after
Students who have 18 credits at Level 3 mainly in MATHS 150
Programme Secretary:
Statistics and who wish to study MATHS 150
(Advancing Mathematics 1) should consider Gill Stringer At least 18 credits in Calculus at MATHS 150 Students considering a major
enrolling in Superstart for its calculus content. English Department NCEA Level 3, including at least 6 Advancing Mathematics 1 in Mathematics, Economics,
Arts 1 Building credits at merit or excellence (or Physics or Computer Science
10 day course equivalent); or B or better in CIE A2 should take this core course.
Room A 403
(recommended for most students) Mathematics; or B+ in MATHS 102,
Phone: ext 84145
Date: 15 - 26 February, 2010 or a pass in MATHS 108 ;or
Course fee: $250 equivalent
For information on the Mathematics component
7 day course Students also need to be enrolled in MATHS 162 Applied Mathematics majors
(recommended only for students with strong MATHS 108 or 150. Modelling and Computation should take this core course.
algebra and a good understanding of functions Moira Statham or Sheena Parnell Enrolment requires permission from MATHS 153 For Year 13 High-School
but gaps in calculus and/or trigonometry) Room 324 - Mathematics Department Department. See MAX brochure or Accelerated Mathematics students only. UoA students
Date: 18 - 26 February 2010 Phone: ext 85750 should take MATHS 150.
Course fee: $185 Email:
or No prerequisites or restrictions. MATHS 190/190G Can be taken either as a
For further information see: Please refer to General Education General Education course or Schedule. Great Ideas Shaping our World as part of a BSc/BA.

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Stage I Courses This introduction to calculus focuses on the
development of mathematical skills and concepts
leading up to calculus, through active
MATHS 108 Timetable (each stream has
also a set of tutorials to choose from)
Maths 101/ Maths 101G (15 points) SS C 12:00PM to 2:00PM Mon Thu Fri
Key participation in problems using functions to
12:00PM to 1:00PM Tue
Mathematics in Society T model real life contexts. It prepares students for
MATHS Mathematics courses 1:00PM to 2:00 PM Wed
Recommended Preparation: For students who further study, for instance, MATHS 108, 150.
SS Summer School S1 C 8:00AM to 9:00AM Mon Wed Fri
have not studied mathematics at NCEA level 3
S1 Semester 1 (or equivalent) or have no formal mathematical MATHS 102 Timetable S1 C 10:00AM to11:00AM Mon Wed Fri
S2 Semester 2 background. This course may not be taken with or SS C 10:00AM to 12:00PM Tue Wed Thu S1 C 3:00PM to 4:00 PM Mon Wed Fri
C City Campus after any other Mathematics course at Stage I or 10:00AM to 11:00AM Fri
+ tutorial S2 C 12:00PM to 1:00PM Mon Wed Fri
E Epsom Campus S2 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Mon Wed Fri
MATHS 101 and the General Education S1 C 10:00AM to 11:00AM Mon Tue Thu
M Manukau Institute of Technology + tutorial S2 C 5:00PM to 6:00PM Mon Wed Fri
Mathematics course, MATHS 101G, are taught
91 - 94 Tertiary Foundation Certificate as a single course. They are aimed to build S2 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Mon Tue Thu
Courses confidence using Mathematics while + tutorial Texts required:
100 - 199 Stage I /100-level courses demonstrating the role Mathematics plays in • Anton, H., Bivens, I., Davis, S. “Calculus” (8th
Recommended Text: Coursebook from
200 - 299 Stage II/200- level courses understanding and guiding human activity. The Edition). Wiley.
University Book Shop or download from Cecil
course is taught thematically and students • Anton, H., & Busby, R.C. “Contemporary Linear
300 - 399 Stage III/300- level courses For advice: Garry Nathan
experience how fundamental mathematical ideas Algebra”. Wiley.
occur in modelling diverse features of our society, or
Hannah Bartholomew Recommended Text: Coursebook from the
Textbooks are available from the University such as our environment (e.g. air pollution) or University Book Shop (UBS).
Bookshop (UBS) in the Kate Edger Commons medicine (e.g. burns, drugs dosages).
Following courses: MATHS 108 or MATHS 150 For advice: Julia Novak
building, City Campus.
MATHS 101/101G Timetable with B+ or better
Study Guides and other resource materials are S1 C 4:00PM to 5:00PM Mon Tue Wed Following courses
available at the Student Resource Centre (SRC) in + tutorial Maths 108 (15 points) • MATHS 208
Room G16, on the ground floor of the Science S2 E 10:30AM to 12:20PM Mon Wed General Mathematics 1 • MATHS 250 with A or better
Centre, Building 303, 38 Princes St, Auckland.
S2 M 9:00AM to 12:00PM Tue Recommended Preparation: MATHS 102 or at • MATHS 270 with MATHS 162
8:30AM to 10:00AM Wed
least 12 credits in NCEA level 3 Calculus or at
Text required: Course Resource Pack from least 18 credits in NCEA level 3 Statistics (or
MATHS 150 (15 points)
Student Resource Centre equivalent)
Advancing Mathematics 1
For advice: Dr Maxine Pfannkuch A general entry to mathematics for commerce and the social sciences, following year 13 Prerequisites: B+ in MATHS 102, or MATHS
mathematics. Selected topics in algebra and 108, or 18 credits in NCEA Mathematics with
Following course: MATHS 102
calculus and their applications including: sets, Calculus including at least 6 credits at merit or
Maths 102 (15 points) real numbers, integers; linear functions, linear excellence, or B in CIE A2 Mathematics, or
Functioning In Mathematics equations and matrices; functions, equations and equivalent
inequalities; limits and continuity; differential
Recommended Preparation: For students who The gateway to further mathematics courses, for
calculus of one and two variables; integral
have achieved fewer than 12 credits in Calculus students intending to major in mathematics,
calculus of one variable. These are studied in
or Statistics at NCEA Level 3, or who have statistics, physics, economics, finance or
general settings using applications from science,
achieved at least 18 credits in Mathematics at mathematical biology. It gives an introduction to
commerce and information systems.
NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) and fewer than 12 the use of careful mathematical language and
credits in Calculus or Statistics at NCEA Level 3 Restriction: ENGSCI 111, MATHS 130, 151, 153, reasoning applied to univariate optimisation,
Restriction: MATHS 102 may be taken with or 208, 250, PHYSICS 111, 210; May not be taken matrix methods for linear equations, integration
after MATHS 190, or after MATHS 101. It may after MATHS 150 techniques and the solution of differential
not be taken with or after any other Mathematics
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Text required: E. Burger and M. Starbird, “The

Heading B
equations, and builds a strong foundation for Texts recommended: MATHS 190/190G Timetable
Heart of Mathematics” (2nd edition), to be
further mathematical study. • Anton, H, Bivens, I & Davis, S “Calculus” 8th S1 C 12:00PM to 1:00PM Mon Wed ordered directly from publisher.
+ tutorial
Edition For advice: Claire Postlethwaite
Recommended preparation for MATHS 250. S2 C 12:00PM to 1:00PM Mon Wed
• Anton, H & Busby, R “Contemporary Linear + tutorial
Restriction: MATHS 109, 151, 130, 250, ENGSCI
Algebra”, Wiley.
111, PHYSICS 111, 210
For advice: Wendy Stratton
MATHS 150 Timetable

S1 C 3:00PM to 4:00PM Tue Thu Fri Following courses:

+ tutorial • MATHS 208, 250, 260, COMPSCI 225
S2 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Mon Tue Thu • MATHS 270 with MATHS 162
+ tutorial
MATHS 162 (15 points)
Texts required: Modelling and Computation
• Anton, H., Bivens, I., Davis, S. “Calculus” (8th
Edition). Wiley Corequisite: One of MATHS 108, 150, 153,
• Anton, H & Busby, R.C. “Contemporary Linear
Algebra”. Wiley.
For advice: Wendy Stratton In this introduction to mathematical modelling and scientific computing, students will learn how
to formulate mathematical models and how to

Stages II and III

Following courses solve them using numerical and other methods. A
• MATHS 208, 250, 260, COMPSCI 225 core course for students who wish to advance in
• MATHS 270 with MATHS 162 Applied Mathematics.
Stage II Mathematics majors should take all three of
MATHS 153 (15 points) MATHS 162 Timetable these courses.
There are two levels of courses at Stage II. The
Accelerated Mathematics S1 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Mon Thu Fri first level, MATHS 208 (General Mathematics 2)
+ tutorial Applied Mathematics majors should take
and MATHS 250 (Advancing Mathematics 2), MATHS 253, 260 and 270.
A version of MATHS 150 for high achieving
S2 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Mon Thu Fri follow on from their Stage I equivalents, MATHS
Year 13 students. + tutorial 108 and 150. Students with A or A+ in MATHS Entrance to MATHS 253 and 255 requires
Note: Enrolment requires consent of 108 are encouraged to progress to MATHS 250. MATHS 250 (Advancing Mathematics 2) or A in
Text recommended: Coursebook from MATHS 208.
Universirty Book Shop or as pdf file on Cecil MATHS 270 (Numerical Computation) follows on
Restriction: MATHS 108, 109, 130, 150, 151, For advice: Allison Heard from MATHS 162 (Modelling and Computation) Stage III
ENGSCI 111, PHYSICS 111 and is required for a major in Applied
Mathematics. There are several pathways into many of the
Following course: MATHS 270, with MATHS 108
MATHS 153 Timetable Stage III courses. Stage III Pure Mathematics
or 150 COMPSCI 225 (Discrete Structures in courses often require MATHS 255 as a
First lecture 4:30PM to 7:00PM Tue 16 Mathematics and Computer Science) is also a prerequisite.
February MATHS 190/ MATHS 190G (15 points)
Great Ideas Shaping Our World mathematics course. It follows on from MATHS
S1 C 4:30PM to 7 :00PM Tue 108 or 150. At Stage III, a major in Applied Mathematics
(during (mid-February to must contain MATHS 361 and 340; it is
school terms) early June) Mathematics contains many powerful and Beyond MATHS 208 and 250 come MATHS 253 recommended that it also contain 362 and 363.
(tutorial 5:30PM to beautiful ideas that have shaped the way we (Advancing Mathematics 3), MATHS 255 A major in Mathematics (sometimes referred to
6:10 PM) understand our world. This course explores some (Principles of Mathematics) and MATHS 260 as Pure Mathematics) has less restrictions. It
of the grand successes of mathematical thinking. (Differential Equations).
Materials required: Lecture Notes and a CD should contain MATHS 332 and 320 or MATHS
No formal mathematics background is required,
(also available free as web download). 328 if you are considering postgraduate study.
just curiosity about topics such as infinity,
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For advice: Alastair McNaughton

Stage II Courses MATHS 250 Timetable

S1 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM
+ tutorial
Mon Tue Thu
Following courses:
MATHS 202 (15 points) S2 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Tue Wed Fri • MATHS 340
MATHS 208 Timetable (each stream has
Tutoring in Mathematics + tutorial • MATHS 320 with A- or better
also a set of tutorials to choose from)
Prerequisite: 30 points from courses in SS C 12:00PM to 2:00PM Mon Tue • MATHS 361, 362 with MATHS 260
Texts required:
Mathematics and Departmental consent required 12:00PM to 1:00PM Wed • MATHS 332 with MATHS 255 or A- in MATHS
• Anton, H., Bivens, I., Davis, S. “Calculus” (8th
1:00PM to 2:00PM Thu 260
This is a mainly practical course in which selected Edition). Wiley.
S1 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Tue Wed Thu
students learn tutoring skills that are put to use in • Anton, H & Busby, R.C. “Contemporary Linear MATHS 255 (15 points)
MATHS 102 tutorials. In a small interactive class, S1 C 5:00PM to 6:00PM Tue Wed Thu Algebra”. Wiley. Principles of Mathematics
students learn to mark, to question strategically S2 C 8:00AM to 9:00AM Wed Thu Fri For advice: David Gauld Prerequisites: 15 points from MATHS 152, 250,
and to facilitate learning. The theory and issues S2 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Wed Thu Fri or PHYSICS 112, 210, or an A pass in MATHS 208
of Mathematics Education as a research field is Wendy Stratton
also introduced. Texts recommended: An introduction to mathematical thinking and
communication: how to organise arguments
• Anton, H., Bivens, I., Davis, S. “Calculus” (8th Following courses: MATHS 253, 255, 260, 269
It will normally be expected that students will logically and prove results. Rigorous notions are
Edition). Wiley.
have passed at least 90 points at Stage 1 developed using topics that are central to the
including at least 30 points in Mathematics, and Anton, H & Busby, R.C. “Contemporary Linear MATHS 253 (15 points) foundations of algebra and analysis including set
that they are enrolling in at least one other Stage Algebra”. Wiley. Advancing Mathematics 3 theory, logic, abstract vector spaces and
II Mathematics course. For advice: Alastair McNaughton elementary number theory. An essential course
Prerequisites: 15 points from MATHS 152, 250, for all students advancing in pure mathematics.
PHYSICS 112, 210, or an A pass in MATHS 208
MATHS 202 Timetable Bill Barton
S1 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Mon Tue Wed Following courses: Restrictions: PHYSICS 211 MATHS 255 Timetable
• MATHS 150 The standard sequel to MATHS 250. It covers S1 C 9:00AM to 10:00AM Mon Tue Fri
Text required: CD accompanying the MATHS + tutorial
• MATHS 250 with B+ or better topics in linear algebra and multi-variable
102 course is available from the SRC. S2 C 3:00PM to 4:00PM Mon Tue Wed
calculus including linear transformations,
For advice and enrolment: Greg Oates • MATHS 260, 269 + tutorial
quadratic forms, double and triple integrals and • MATHS 253, 255 with A or better constrained optimisation. It is a preparation for a
Following course: MATHS 302 large number of Stage III courses in mathematics Text required: Geoff Smith, “Introductory
MATHS 250 (15 points) and statistics, and for many advanced courses in Mathematics: Algebra and Analysis“, Springer
Advancing Mathematics 2 physics and other applied sciences. 2004
MATHS 208 (15 points)
General Mathematics 2 All students intending to advance in mathematics For advice: Jianbei An
Prerequisites: 15 points from ENGSCI 111,
should take this course. or
MATHS 150, 153, PHYSICS 111, or A pass in
Prerequisite: 15 points from ENGSCI 111, Warren Moors
MATHS 108, or B+ in MATHS 208
PHYSICS 111, MATHS 108, 130, 150, 151, 153 MATHS 253 Timetable
Restriction: Cannot be taken, concurrently with, Restriction: MATHS 109, 152, 230, PHYSICS S1 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Tue Thu Fri Following courses:
or after, MATHS 250, 253, PHYSICS 210, 211 112, 210 + tutorial • MATHS 315, 320, 326, 328
This preparation for advanced courses in S2 C 3:00PM to 4:00PM Mon Tue Fri • MATHS 332 with MATHS 253
This sequel to MATHS 108 features applications
mathematics is intended for all students who + tutorial
from the theory of multi-variable calculus, linear
plan to progress further in mathematics. Covers
algebra and differential equations to real-life Texts required:
topics from multivariable calculus and linear
problems in statistics, economics, finance,
algebra that have many applications in science, • Anton, H., Bivens, I., Davis, S. “Calculus” (8th
computer science, and operations research.
engineering and commerce, including vector Edition). Wiley.
Matlab is used to develop analytical and
spaces, eigenvalues, power series, least squares • Anton, H & Busby, R.C. “Contemporary Linear
numerical methods of solving problems.
and improper integrals. The emphasis is on both Algebra”. Wiley.
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MATHS 260 (15 points)
Differential Equations
MATHS 269 Timetable
S1 C 3:00PM to 4:00PM
+ Mon Tue Wed Heading B
COMPSCI 225 (15 points)
Discrete Structures in Mathematics and
Computer Science
COMPSCI 225 Timetable
S1 C 10:00AM to 11:00AM Mon Wed
Thu Fri
Prerequisite: One of MATHS 150, 153, 208,
250, PHYSICS 111, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, or Text required: D Lovelock, M Mendel, and A Prerequisite: 15 points from MATHS 108, 150 or S2 C 9:00AM to 10:00AM Tue Wed
at least A- in MATHS 108 Larry Wright, An introduction to the mathematics 153 or COMPSCI 101, PHIL 101 Thu Fri
The study of differential equations is central to of money - saving and investing, Springer, 2007.
(available through the UoA Library as an Restriction: Cannot be taken after MATHS For advice: Eamonn O’Brien
mathematical modelling of systems that change. 255
Develops methods for understanding the e-Resource)
behaviour of solutions to ordinary differential For advice: Allison Heard Introduction to logic, principles of counting, Following courses:
equations. Qualitative and elementary numerical and mathematical induction, recursion, relations and • MATHS 315
methods for obtaining information about Robert Chan functions, graphs and trees, and algorithms. This • MATHS 326: B+ in either MATHS 208 or 250
solutions are discussed, as well as some course is especially suited for students of computer • MATHS 328: B+ in COMPSCI 225 and one of
analytical techniques for finding exact solutions in science and others who are interested in logic and MATHS 208, 250, 253
certain cases. Some applications of differential Following course: STATS 370
the foundations of mathematics.
equations to scientific modelling are discussed. A
core course for applied mathematics. MATHS 270 (15 points)
Numerical Computation
MATHS 260 Timetable
Prerequisite: One of MATHS 108, 150, 153,
S1 C 11:00AM to 12:00PM Mon Tue Fri PHYSICS 111, ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, and one
+ tutorial
of MATHS 162, COMPSCI 101, 105, INFOSYS 110,
S2 C 11:00AM to 12:00PM Mon Tue Fri 120 (recommended MATHS 162)
+ tutorial
Restrictions: MATHS 267
Text required: Blanchard, Devaney and Hall,
“Differential Equations”, (1st or 2nd edition). Text required: Lecture notes are available online.
For advice: Vivien Kirk Many mathematical models occurring in science and engineering cannot be solved exactly using
Following courses: algebra and calculus. Students are introduced to
• MATHS 361, 362 with MATHS 253 computer based methods that can be used to find
• MATHS 332 with B+ or better and MATHS 253 approximate solutions to these problems. The
• MATHS 363 with B+ or better, or with MATHS methods covered in the course are powerful yet
270 simple to use. This is a core course for students who
wish to advance in applied mathematics.
MATHS 269 (15 points)
Mathematics of Money MATHS 270 Timetable
Prerequisite: One of MATHS 150, 153, 208, S1 C 4:00PM to 5:00PM Mon Tue Fri
250, PHYSICS 111 + tutorial
S2 C 9:00AM to 10:00AM Wed Thu Fri
An introduction to the mathematics of the + tutorial
personal finance of saving and investment.
Topics include interest, inflation, annuities, bonds, For advice: Allison Heard
shares, mortgages and pension plans. Aspects of and
KiwiSaver will be covered. This course will provide Robert Chan
a useful introduction to STATS 370 but is not a
Following course: MATHS 363 with MATHS
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Stage III Courses For advice: Jianbei An
concentrates on concrete objects like polynomial
rings, finite fields, groups of points on elliptic
curves, studies their elementary properties and
MATHS 302 (15 points) MATHS 315 (15 points) Following courses: shows their exceptional applicability to various
Teaching and Learning Mathematics Mathematical Logic • MATHS 714 Number Theory with B+ or better problems in information technology including
Prerequisite: COMPSCI 225 or MATHS 255 or • MATHS 715 Graph Theory and Combinatorics cryptography, secret sharing, and reliable
Recommended preparation: at least 45 points transmission of information through an unreliable
PHIL 222 • MATHS 720 Group Theory
from courses in Mathematics or Statistics channel.
Logic addresses the foundations of mathematical • MATHS 721 Representations and Structure of
For people interested in thinking about the social, reasoning. It models the process of mathematical Algebras and Groups Timetable
cultural, political, economic, historical, proof by providing a setting and the rules of
technological and theoretical ideas that influence • MATHS 725 Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, with S1 C 9:00AM to 10:00AM Mon Tue Fri
deduction. Builds a basic understanding of first + tutorial
Mathematics Education, who want to understand MATHS 320
order predicate logic, introduces model theory
the forces that shaped their own Mathematics and demonstrates how models of a first order For advice: Arkadii Slinko
Education, or who are interested in teaching. system relate to mathematical structures. The MATHS 326 (15 points)
Students will develop their ability to communicate course is recommended for anyone studying high Combinatorial Computing
ideas in essay form. Following courses:
level computer science or mathematical logic.
Prerequisite: MATHS 255, or COMPSCI 225 and a • MATHS 320
MATHS 302 Timetable B+ in either MATHS 208 or 250
MATHS 315 Timetable • MATHS 714 Number Theory, with B+ or better
S1 C 4:00PM to 6:00PM Mon Wed S2 C 3:00PM to 4:00PM Mon Tue Wed Combinatorics is a branch of mathematics that
+ a tutorial studies collections of objects that satisfy specified MATHS 332 (15 points)
Texts recommended: criteria. An important part of combinatorics is Real Analysis
• “Mathematics Education: A Handbook for For advice: Sina Greenwood graph theory, which is now connected to other
Prerequisite: MATHS 253 and 255, or 253 and
Teachers, Volume 1”, edited by J. Neyland, disciplines including bioinformatics, electrical
a B+ in MATHS 260
published by The Wellington College of Following course: MATHS 713 Logic and Set engineering, molecular chemistry and social
Education, Wellington. Theory with B+ or better science. The use of combinatorics in solving A standard course for every student intending to
• “Mathematics in the New Zealand counting and construction problems is covered advance in pure mathematics. It develops the
Curriculum”, Ministry of Education, 1992. using topics that include algorithmic graph theory, foundational mathematics underlying calculus, it
MATHS 320 (15 points)
codes and incidence structures, and combinatorial introduces a rigorous approach to continuous
For advice: Judy Paterson Algebraic Structures
complexity. mathematics and fosters an understanding of the special thinking and arguments involved in this
Prerequisites: MATHS 255 or 328, or an A–
pass in MATHS 253 Timetable area.
MATHS 310 (15 points)
History of Mathematics This is a framework for a unified treatment of S1 C 12:00 to 1:00PM Mon Thu Fri The main focus is analysis in one real variable
many different mathematical structures. It + tutorial with the topics including real fields, limits and
Corequisite: At least 30 points at Stage III in concentrates on the fundamental notions of continuity, Riemann integration and power series.
Following course: MATHS 715 Graph Theory and
Mathematics. groups, rings and fields. The abstract descriptions
This study of some topics occurring in the history are accompanied by numerous concrete Timetable
of Mathematics which facilitate understanding of examples. Applications abound: symmetries, For advice: Jamie Sneddon S1 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Mon Tue
modern Mathematics. Topics include concepts of geometry, coding theory, cryptography and many Wed
number, geometry, algebra and differential and more. This course is recommended for those
planning graduate study in pure mathematics. For advice: Rod Gover
integral calculus. MATHS 328 (15 points)
Algebra and Applications
MATHS 320 Timetable
MATHS 310 Timetable Following courses:
S2 C 11:00AM to 12:00 Mon Thu Fri Prerequisite: MATHS 255, or B+ pass in COMPSCI
S2 C 5:00PM to 6:00PM Mon Tue + tutorial • MATHS 333
225 and one of MATHS 208, 250, 253
Wed Thu • MATHS 730 Measure Theory and Integration
Text required: “Algebra and Applications” is
For advice: Garry Tee Text required: Gallian, J.A., “Contemporary available from the SRC. • MATHS 731 Functional Analysis Abstract Algebra”, Houghton Mifflin Company.
The goal of this course is to show the power of
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• MATHS 725 Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, with problems. Extends the ideas of calculus to two Text required: Michael Greenberg, Advanced MATHS 363 (15 points)
MATHS 320 and higher dimensions, showing how to calculate Engineering Mathematics (2nd edition) Advanced Modelling and Computation
integrals and derivatives in higher dimensions
• MATHS 735 Analysis on Manifolds and For advice: Jari Kaipio Prerequisite: MATHS 260 and 270
and exploring special relationships between
Differential Geometry
integrals of different dimensions. It also extends
• MATHS 740 Complex Analysis Much of modern research in applied
calculus to complex variables. Following courses:
mathematics, physics and engineering relies
• MATHS 750 Topology • MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems
Text required: Michael Greenberg, Advanced heavily on the construction and numerical
MATHS 333 (15 points) Engineering Mathematics (2nd edition) • MATHS 762 Nonlinear Partial Differential solution of mathematical models. Covers the
Analysis in Higher Dimensions Equations theory and practice of such computational
Timetable • MATHS 763 Advanced Partial Differential approaches, including the study of numerical
Prerequisite: MATHS 332 linear algebra and differential equations, and
S1 C 1:00PM to 2:00PM Mon Tue Wed Equations
Strongly Recommended: MATHS 253, 255 + tutorial bifurcations in ordinary differential equations.
• MATHS 769 Applied Differential Equations
Matlab is used extensively.
S2 C 2:00PM to 3:00PM Wed Thu Fri • MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis
By selecting the important properties of distance + tutorial
many different mathematical contexts are studied Timetable
simultaneously in the framework of metric and MATHS 362 (15 points)
For advice: Bruce Calvert S2 C 12:00PM to 1:00PM + Mon Thu Fri
normed spaces. Examines carefully the ways in or
Methods in Applied Mathematics tutorial
which the derivative generalises to higher
Robert Chan Prerequisite: MATHS 260 and 253, or PHYSICS
dimensional situations. These concepts lead to Recommended reading: 211
precise studies of continuity, fixed points and the • Holmes “Introduction to Numerical Methods in
solution of differential equations. A Following courses:
Recommended preparation: MATHS 340 Differential Equations”
recommended course for all students planning to • MATHS 740 Complex Analysis • Strogatz “Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos”
and 361
advance in pure mathematics. • MATHS 761 Dynamical Systems • Blanchard, Devaney and Hall ”Differential
Restriction: MATHS 347
• MATHS 762 Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations”
Equations Techniques such as variational methods, Green’s • Haberman “Applied Partial Differential
S2 C 9:00AM to 10:00AM Tue Wed functions, and perturbation analysis are a crucial Equations”
Thu Fri • MATHS 763 Advanced Partial Differential
Equations part of the applied mathematician’s toolbox. For advice: Steve Taylor
For advice: Shayne Waldron Covers a selection of such advanced topics in
• MATHS 769 Applied Differential Equations detail, and is suitable for those students intending
• MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis to advance in applied mathematics or physics. Following course:
Following courses: • MATHS 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis
• MATHS 731 Functional Analysis MATHS 361 (15 points) Timetable
Partial Differential Equations S2 C 10:00AM to 11:00AM Mon Tue Fri
• MATHS 730 Measure Theory and Integration
+ tutorial
• MATHS 725 Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, with Prerequisite: MATHS 260 and 253, or PHYSICS
MATHS 320 211 Recommended texts:
• MATHS 740 Complex Analysis • Holmes “Introduction to perturbation methods”
Partial differential equations are used to
• MATHS 750 Topology model many important phenomena in the real • Stakgold “Green’s functions and boundary
world (such as heat flow and wave motion). An value problems”
MATHS 340 (15 points) introductory course on methods of solution for Tang “Mathematical Methods for Engineers and
Real and Complex Calculus
linear partial differential equations in one, two Scientists 3 Fourier Analysis, Partial Differential
Prerequisite: MATHS 253 and three dimensions. Equations and Variational Methods”

Restriction: MATHS 347 For advice: Mike Meylan

Calculus plays a fundamental role in S1 C 10:00AM to 11:00AM Wed Thu Fri
mathematics, answering deep theoretical + tutorial
problems and allowing us to solve very practical
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strong connections to abstract algebra, analysis equations that is continuing today. Einstein’s

Branches of Mathematics and geometry, and has applications to physics,

genetics (eg. understanding the knotting and
theory of relativity and modern quantum theory
(including string theory and its generalizations)
are all part of differential geometry’s wide scope.
unknotting of DNA) and computer science. A
Pure Mathematics genetics and almost anything that has a Its applications include not only theoretical
recent development, the topological quantum
quantitative component. physics, but computer modelling of shape (eg.
Pure mathematics is mathematics which is field theory, can be used for breaking
studied because of its intrinsic beauty and cryptographic systems based on integer computer models of the brain), graphical
Algebra is concerned with the study of structure, representations, heat flow, optimization and
usefulness within the subject, rather than relation and quantity. It is a pure field but has a factorisation, widely used in banking encryptions.
mathematical techniques (sometimes called “People say pure mathematicians are just playing control theory, and understanding properties of
wide variety of applications, from understanding partial differential equations and their
applied mathematics) which are developed to the Rubik’s cube to classifying crystal structures games with a bunch of rules“, says Prof. D.
attack specific problems arising outside the field Gauld, whose research topic is topology. ”The transformation rules.
and designing algorithms. A recent powerful
of mathematics. Much pure mathematics was application is to communications security: How amazing thing is that, so often, 10 or 50 years
The four courses MATHS 150, 250, 253 and
developed completely without regard to its do you communicate securely over an insecure later, these great applications arise. When I first
255 form a core that should normally be taken
applicability outside mathematics, but has since network (eg. the Internet)? This problem has been heard about topological quantum field theory, in
by students wishing to advance to courses in
proved to be absolutely indispensable in many around in a simpler form for centuries and its 1994, there was no mention of their connection
Pure Mathematics at Stage III or beyond.
and varied applications, and underlies all applied solution (found in the late 1970s) is used every with banking encryptions.”
mathematics. time you use your browser for secure
Geometry arose as the field of knowledge Applied Mathematics
transmission, such as banking transactions. The
A degree with a focus on pure mathematics is an dealing with spatial relationships. It was one of Modern science relies absolutely on applied
solution, part of what is now called public-key
excellent qualification for a career in teaching or the two fields of pre-modern mathematics, the mathematics. Any student interested in physics,
cryptography, is described completely using
research, but also in many other domains. Taking other being the study of numbers. It appeared biology, Earth sciences, engineering, medicine,
mathematical ideas which are presented in
additional courses in applied mathematics, (more than 2500 years ago) as a collection of chemistry, economics, or many other areas, will
MATHS 328. You can even easily make your own
computer science and statistics can open career techniques dealing with the lengths, angles, find the study of applied mathematics not only
opportunities in government, insurance, banking areas, and volumes of physical objects, both on useful, but vitally important.
and communications. A degree grounded in pure Topology is sometimes called rubber sheet earth and in the sky. Greek mathematicians
mathematics provides a good base for further geometry, because it concerns itself with the made it into a tool for developing logical It is the job of an applied mathematician to show
study towards a masters degree or PhD in spatial properties that are preserved after shapes arguments, abstract reasoning and investigating how mathematical techniques can be applied to
mathematics, or in other branches of the are stretched or deformed without breaking. It the nature of space and time. Euclid’s Elements is science and technology to answer interesting
mathematical and information sciences. does not distinguish between a square and a the most famous geometry book of the Antiquity, questions. Our goal is usually to use
circle (as a rubber band circle can be stretched since it presents geometric knowledge of that mathematical equations to study real-world
Pure mathematics may be classified broadly into time through a set of axioms, which later came to problems rather than to study equations for their
into a square) and it ignores distances (so that
the areas of Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, be known as Euclidean geometry. Geometric own sake. In our department we use mathematics
two different sized circles are equivalent in the
Geometry, Logic, Number theory and Topology. thinking became a means to find the most to study such diverse areas as physiology, ice
topological universe). Topology studies global
There are many interconnections between these efficient way to model a given phenomenon, after flow, floating runways, astronomy, quantum
characteristics of shapes and surfaces and
areas and this adds to their beauty and strength. abstracting it from its particular instances. After chemistry, nonlinear systems, the human genome
quantifies the differences algebraically, then uses
those algebraic tools to further explore these the development of the calculus and the theory of and many other areas. Elements of these
Analysis is the subject that grew out of Newton’s
characteristics and related ideas. The Poincaré differential equations, geometry was expanded to research areas are incorporated into our courses
discovery of calculus, although concepts as
Theorem (a long standing conjecture whose last cover situations in which the classical lines, wherever possible.
convergence and limit can be traced back to
case - in 3-dimensions - was proved by Grigori planes, and spheres were replaced by ‘shortest
Greek mathematicians of Antiquity, while the first The first year course MATHS 162 provides an
Perelman) is one of the most famous topological paths on a surface’ (or higher dimensional
works on infinite series are due to Indian introduction to applied mathematics, and it is
results. In a simplified version (from 1904) it objects), ‘minimal surfaces’ (like soap films), and
mathematicians of the Middle Ages. Analysis strongly recommended that all students with
states that if any loop on the surface of a ‘constant mean curvature surfaces’ (like soap
studies such topics as continuity, integration, interests in applied mathematics take this
3-dimensional shape can be shrunk to a point (as bubbles). In fact, all sorts of problems in which
differentiability, including the study of ordinary course. Pure mathematics courses are also very
a loop can do on the 3-D sphere), then the shape the solution was a configuration that minimized
differential equations, partial differential important for applied mathematics and should
is just a 3-D sphere. This theorem has some quantity (such as mass, energy, volume,
equations and probability theory. All these be included in any course of study in applied
implications in a variety of fields such as etc.) were seen to be special cases of a new
subjects are critical to the applications of analysis mathematics.
astronomy and relativity theory. Topology has ‘differential’ geometry and this launched a
to physics, engineering, finance, statistics, biology,
revolution in the study of partial differential

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2010 Undergraduate Courses Diagram
Please consult the Undergraduate Advisor for a personalised study plan.

101 102 108 150 153 162

Mathematics in Functioning in General Advancing Accelerated Modelling and
Society Mathematics Mathematics 1 Mathematics 1 Mathematics Computation

1 2* S 1 2 S 1 2 1 2 1 1 2

Great Ideas COMPSCI
Shaping our 208 250 269
World General Advancing 225 Mathematics of
1 2 Mathematics 2 Mathematics 2 Discrete Money
S 1 2 1 2 1 2 1

202 255 253 260 270

Tutoring in Principles of Advancing Differential Numerical
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics 3 Equations Computation

1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2

302 315 326 332 340 361
S = Summer Semester Teaching and Mathematical Combinatorial Real Analysis Real and Partial
1 = Semester One Learning Logic Computing Complex Differential
2 = Semester Two, Mathematics Calculus Equations
1 2 1 1 1 2 1
*Course only available
at Epsom Campus and
Manukau Institute of
Technology Campus
310 320 328 333 362 363
History of Algebraic Algebra and Analysis in Methods in Advanced
All other courses are Mathematics Structures Applications Higher Applied Modelling and
offered at the City Dimensions Mathematics Computation
Campus. 2 2 1 2 2 2

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Students taking applied mathematics will often Please note that MATHS 302 is a recommended researchers, psychologists, biologists, For further information contact:
also be taking another science major. Indeed, we preparation for all graduate mathematics geographers, engineers and so on. Shixiao Wang
encourage this, as this gives a breadth of training education courses. Rm 408 - Mathematics Department
that students will find useful. In addition to general Statistics, courses in Phone: ext 87316
To become a secondary mathematics teacher Operations Research (OR) are offered. OR is the Email:
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Undergraduate Advisor, statistics course in your degree and to have methods to solve certain classes of problems in
Mathematics with Computer
Dr. Jamie Sneddon completed the one year Graduate Diploma in the design and management of large or complex
Room 305 - Building 303 Teaching (Secondary) programme. systems found in business, industry and
Phone: ext 82121 government. Basic OR techniques can be The disciplines of mathematics and computer
Email: Interested students are invited to discuss their grouped broadly into two classes, namely science are strongly linked and have had
programmes with: optimization methods such as linear and non considerable influence on each other over the past
or Vivien Kirk linear programming, Markovian decision theory, four decades. Each new application of computers
Room 423 - Building 303 Judy Paterson and each technological advance in their design
deterministic and stochastic dynamic
Phone: ext 88792 Room 322 - Building 303 brings a new set of associated questions in
programming, optimal control and inventory
Email: Phone: ext 88605 mathematics. graph theory, the study of network
control; and modelling techniques such as
Email: arrangements, is studied because of its usefulness
computer simulation, queuing theory, Markov
Mathematics Education processes and time series analysis. in modelling many practical problems which can
or Mike Thomas
Mathematical thinking is behind almost every be solved by computers, and its relationship to
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type of activity in society, and there is thus a For further information contact: other branches of mathematics such as topology,
Phone: ext 88791
permanent need for mathematics graduates who David Smith abstract algebra and linear algebra. An
are adept at passing on mathematical knowledge Rm 226 - Mathematics Department increasingly important problem-solving skill in
and techniques. Phone: ext 85590 computing is the ability to count or enumerate
Mathematics with Statistics Email: objects using techniques in combinatorics. Logic is
Some mathematics graduates will take up careers Mathematics is the foundation for statistical one of the foundations of mathematics in terms of
in secondary teaching, some will tutor individuals theory and practice. A strong background in or Ilze Ziedins proof, and also now used as a tool for proving the
or groups, and some will enter a university as calculus and linear algebra provides ideal Rm 211 - Statistics Department correctness of computer programs, defining
lecturers. Mathematics education is a basic study mathematical training for the budding Phone: ext 85051 procedural meanings for computations, and
for any of these activities. Mathematics teaching statistician. Statistics is an indispensable tool for Email: extracting programs from specifications.
is an extremely satisfying occupation. It involves: a wide range of mathematical applications, in
helping people to overcome their fears of areas as diverse as Industrial Mathematics, Industrial Mathematics The courses COMPSCI 225 (Discrete Structures in
mathematics and appreciate the beauty of the Operations Research, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science), MATHS 315
Industrial Mathematics may be taken as a
subject; helping others gain mathematical biological modelling, Physics and Chemistry. (Mathematical Logic) and MATHS 326
specialisation in the 3-year BSc programme. This
understanding and a new power over their (Combinatorial Computing) have been developed
will enable students to advance in problem-
environment; and sharing ideas with other Statisticians work in the following sorts of areas: to meet the demand for skills in these areas, and
solving methodology across a broader front than
people. banks, Crown research institutes, Crown health also to enhance the mathematical maturity of
possible within the present subject majors. Many
enterprises, finance companies, government students taking computer science programmes.
The Mathematics Education Unit within the first-degree graduates need to be acquainted
departments (eg. Treasury, Statistics N.Z., The blend of skill and knowledge developed during
Department of Mathematics offers courses which with an appreciation of, and skills in,
AgResearch, MAF etc.), industry, insurance such a programme is valued by employers in a
examine the teaching and learning of the subject. mathematical methods, deterministic and
companies, local bodies, market research number of fields including portfolio forecasting,
These can be taken by anyone studying stochastic modelling, data analysis, numerical
companies, universities and technical institutes. actuarial science and Internet marketing.
mathematics, but are particularly suitable for and computational mathematics, and operations
In all of these jobs they are designing studies,
those who are thinking about teaching, tutoring, research. This is not possible within a single For further information contact:
analysing data, making projections and helping
or lecturing mathematics as a career. The courses major, yet this broad approach will be an Jamie Sneddon
to make decisions.
require a reasonable background in mathematics, attractive option for many students intending to Rm 305 - Mathematics Department
and they will contribute to a student’s own Statistics courses at The University of Auckland do a three year degree only. Phone: ext 82121
understanding of mathematics while providing an are designed not only for future statisticians, but Email:
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Heading BMathematics
If you wish to further your studies after a BSc, BA, Graduate Diploma in Science
BCom or BEng, there are 4 programmes with (GradDipSci)
mathematics that you can chose from.

Furthering your The information below summarises the

regulations for the degrees and diplomas with a
If you do not have a major in Mathematics
or Applied Mathematics but wish to add a
mathematical edge to your degree and enhance

mathematics or applied mathematics major. your careers perspectives, this is the programme
you need.
For details on graduate programmes and courses,
please consult the Before you can enrol in a GradDipSci you must
have a BSc or an equivalent degree. You must be
• Mathematics online Postgraduate Handbook ready to take Stage II courses, as Stage I courses
Graduate Mathematics 35 at cannot be included in this diploma.
Graduate Diploma in Science 35 and the
Bachelor of Science (Arts) (Honours) 36 We offer the GradDipSci in Mathematics or
• University of Auckland Calendar at Applied Mathematics. If you have BSc/BA with
Postgraduate Diploma in Science 36 a Mathematics major, you can study towards
Master of Science (Arts) 36 a GradDipSci in Applied Mathematics, and
If you require further information, please contact
2010 Postgraduate courses 37 viceversa.
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To complete a GradDipSci, you must pass 120
Graduate Advisor for all graduate programmes
points at Stage II and above, with at least 75
(except PhD)
points (of the 120) at Stage III or above. 45
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points are from the Mathematics or Applied
Mathematics major; the remaining 30 points
come from any Science subject (possibly your
previous major).

A GradDipSci can be taken part-time over four

years. If you have any questions about this
BSc or BA programme, please contact the Undergraduate
Maths/Applied Maths Major Advisor.

Minimum B average

Bachelor Degrees GradDipSci MSc

without Maths Major

Minimum B average


Equivalent degree

(*) A Mathematics Major BSc/BA can continue with an Applied Mathematics PGDipSci and vice versa.
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Bachelor of Science or Arts Postgraduate Diploma in Science 2010 Postgraduate Courses
(Honours) (BSc(Hons) / BA(Hons)) (PGDipSci) MATHS Title Point Prerequisites or Recommended
BSc(Honours)/BA(Honours) in Mathematics PGDipSci in Mathematics value preparation
Prerequisite: A major in Mathematics including Prerequisite: A major in Mathematics, including Summer Semester
(either MATHS 320 or MATHS 328) and MATHS (either MATHS 320 or 328) and MATHS 332, or
701 Research Skills in Mathematics Education 15 Department approval
332 and at least 90 points at Stage III (These an equivalent
courses need not all be in Mathematics or Semester 1
Note: Mathematics Education students may
Applied Mathematics.) substitute MATHS 302 for one of these courses 705 Social Issues in Mathematics Education 15 Department approval
Requirement: Requirement: 712 Mathematics and Learning 15 Department approval
• 30 points: MATHS 776 (Dissertation in • at least 75 points in 700 level Mathematics 715 Graph Theory and Combinatorics 15 MATHS 326 or 320
Mathematics or Applied Mathematics) courses
720 Group Theory 15 MATHS 320
and either • up to 45 points from approved 600 or 700
• 90 points in 700-level Mathematics courses level courses in Mathematics or related 730 Measure Theory and Integration 15 MATHS 332, Rec. MATHS 333
or subjects, with the approval of the Head of 740 Complex Analysis 15 MATHS 332, Rec. MATHS 333, 340
• at least 45 points in 700-level Mathematics Department 750 Topology 15 MATHS 332 or 353, Rec. MATHS 333
courses and up to 45 points, subject to
PGDipSci in Applied Mathematics 763 Advanced Partial Differential Equations 15 MATHS 340 and 361
approval by the Head of Department, from
700-level courses in a related subject Prerequisite: A major in Applied Mathematics, 764 Mathematical Biology 15 Department approval
or equivalent 769 Applied Differential Equations 15 MATHS 340 and 361
BSc(Honours) in Applied Mathematics
Requirement: 770 Advanced Numerical Analysis 15 MATHS 270 and one of MATHS 340,
Prerequisite: A major in Applied Mathematics • at least 60 points from MATHS 761, 762, 763, 361, 363
and at least 90 points at Stage III 764, 769, 770, PHYSICS 701, 707 Semester 2
Note: Mathematics Education students may • up to 60 points from approved 700 level
courses in Mathematics or related subjects with 703 Theoretical Issues in Mathematics 15 Department approval
substitute MATHS 302 for one of these courses Education
approval of the Head of Department. If your
Requirement: 713 Logic and Set Theory 15 MATHS 315 or PHIL 305
average marks for the courses of your PGDipSci
• at least 45 points from MATHS 761, 762, 763,
are sufficiently high, you will be awarded the 714 Number Theory 15 B+ in MATHS 328 or 320
764, 769, 770, PHYSICS 701, 707
degree with distinction or merit.
• 30 points: MATHS 776 Dissertation in 721 Representations and Structure of 15 MATHS 320
Mathematics or Applied Mathematics Algebras and Groups
Master of Science (MSc) and 731 Functional Analysis 15 MATHS 332 and MATHS 333. Rec.
• up to 45 points from approved 700-level
Master of Arts (MA) MATHS 730, 750
courses in Mathematics or related subjects
with approval of the Head of Department. Before you can enrol in an MSc/MA you must
735 Analysis on Manifolds and Differential 15 MATHS 332. Rec. MATHS 333 and 340
have a BSc(Hons)/BA(Hons) or PGDipSci with
You can do an Honours degree either full-time Geometry
sufficiently high marks in the required major. To
over one year or part-time over two years. enroll in an MSc/MA, you must find a supervisor, 761 Dynamical Systems 15 MATHS 340 and 361
decide together on a project topic, and either 762 Nonlinear Partiol Differential Equations 15 Recommended: MATH 340 and MATH
complete a 120 point thesis or a 90 points 361
research portfolio and 30 points of approved Various special topics and advanced topics courses, 15 or Require a supervisor and Department
700-level courses. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and approval
Mathematics Education are also available
You can do an MSc/MA in Mathematics (this
includes Mathematics Education) or an MSc in
Applied Mathematics. Staff in the Department
can also supervise Bioinformatics or Logic and
Computation masters. A MSc can be done
part-time over two years.
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Facilities for new students
Superstart International Students
This is a two weeks preparation course for Mathematics courses at all levels are available to

Department and
MATHS 108 sand MATHS 150, available during international students who are admitted into a
the summer semester. For details see the section degree or diploma programme, say Bachelor of

Heading A on Pre-degree programme (page 14) or Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). Bachelor of

University information Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Engineering
(BEng), etc..
The Student Learning Centre
Information about minimum entry requirements
The Student Learning Centre (SLC) can help you for the various degree programmes, application
achieve academic success. Workshops and procedures and tuition fees is available from:
Contents for new students
Facilities 39
0 consultations are offered by academically
Organising your studies and getting help 40 qualified and experienced tutors. Auckland International
Phone: +64 9 373 7513
Further information about a Once you are registered with the SLC, you can Fax: +64 9 373 7405
mathematics course 40 use the SLC’s services for the whole academic Email:
Courses timetable 40 year. Web:
Lectures, tutorials and assignments 40 Appointments for individual consultations are The International Student Information Centre is
Time allocation per course 40 available and can be made by contacting the located at the back of Old Choral Hall near the
Study guides 40 SLC. University Library on 7 Symonds Street, Auckland.
Course work and assignments 40 The Centre has mathematics skills workshops for Opening Hours:
Applications for Aegrotat and those students who do not have the background Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Compassionate consideration 40 knowledge normally assumed for MATHS 102 or
MATHS 108. You may register for workshops, or
Getting help 41
make individual appointments with tutors at the
The Student Resource Centre 41 SLC office.
Assistance Room 41
SLC (City Campus)
Individual assistance from teaching staff 42
Level 3, Kate Edger Information Commons
Extra tutorials 42 Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88850
One-to-one tutoring 42
Māori and Pasifika (Tuākana) tutorial rooms 42
Buying textbooks 42
Calculators 42
Computer access 42
Communication and student representation 43
Admission and enrolment procedures 44
Academic programmes structure 45
Improve your English language skills 48
Academic honesty, cheating and plagiarism 48

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Organising your studies and Getting help
If temporary illness, injury, or exceptional
circumstances beyond your control prevent you
There are several ways of obtaining help with
from sitting an examination or seriously impair
mathematical problems. Given the large numbers

getting help semester, or 20 hours per week over Summer

your examination preparation or performance,
you may be eligible to apply for aegrotat or
compassionate consideration.
of students in first and second year courses it is
your responsibility to seek help when needed. This
help will be more effective if you seek it after first
School should be devoted to a 15-point course
Further information about a taught over one semester.
trying to read the relevant parts of the text and
Applications for Aegrotat and lecture notes and identifying the specific
mathematics course Compassionate consideration questions you would like to ask.
Prospective students are invited to consult the
Study guides An application may be made for Aegrotat or
Department of Mathematics webpages at During the initial lectures of Mathematics Compassionate consideration by candidates who The Student Resource Centre (SRC), which provides study courses, a Study Guide for the course will be may have been prevented from being present at
The main point of contact for undergraduate
guides for courses, as well as some other course- distributed. This contains the name(s) of the an examination, or who consider that their
students on the City Campus.
related information. person(s) teaching the course, their office number, preparation for or performance in an examination
hours when they are available for help, has been seriously impaired by temporary illness Where: SciSpace (Room G16), Ground level,
Current (enrolled) students should use Cecil assignment due dates, procedures for handing in or injury or exceptional circumstances beyond Science Centre, Building 303, 38 Princes Street,
( ), the main repository and collecting assignments, semester test dates, their control. This also applies to tests, but not City Campus.
for course-related information: coursebooks, textbooks required, coursework requirements etc. assignments.
lecture notes, assignments, class announcements, It is your responsibility to obtain a Study Guide The Centres deals with student-related activities,
etc. (use Cecil or the Application forms are available online or from the as follows:
Department website if you missed the hand-out), relevant campus Student Health and Counselling
Lectures, tutorials, read it carefully, and then follow the information Services and Examinations Office. • assignment collection and returns after
in it. marking
assignments The application form must be submitted to the
• updating student records such as assignment
University Health and Counselling Service within
Lecture and tutorial rooms Coursework and assignments and test marks
one week of the date that the examination
Each course gets its lecture and tutorial rooms Coursework consists of tests and assignments. affected took place, or if more than one • locker hire, property lost in the building,
allocated one or two weeks prior to the Credit is given for coursework as well as for final examination has been affected, then within one student stationery such as CDRs, graph paper,
beginning of the semester. Log into the student exams; the proportion for each course varies. week of the last of those examinations. transparencies, Matlab software.
administration server, nDeva, www.auckland. Details of this, test dates and assignment due If you don’t know where to submit your in order to check the venues of their dates are given in the Study Guide. Due to the Following the decision of Senate on an
assignment, have submitted it in the wrong box, if
classes. For certain popular classes, you need to volume of assignments to be processed, and the application for Aegrotat or Compassionate
your marks do not show up, or have been entered
chose a stream and a time that suits your mechanism for distributing them to the markers, Consideration, a student may apply for
incorrectly, please enquire at the SRC.
schedule. it is not possible to accept late assignments. reconsideration of that decision no later than four
weeks after the student is notified of Senate’s
Timetable All assignments are to be submitted in the decision. Assistance Room
drop-off boxes of the Student Resource Centre The Mathematics Department operates an
Lectures and tutorial timetable are available (see next page), unless otherwise indicated by Please refer to The University of Auckland assistance room in the City Campus, to help with
online on nDeva: the Study Guide. Calendar for the official regulations. undergraduate mathematics courses.
You either login or enter as a Guest, then use the
Class search function. Room G16 is situated on the Ground floor of
Sickness or bereavement
Building 303, Science Centre. The assistance
Time allocation per course If you know you will be unable to sit a test you room is primarily for Stage I students, with some
In addition to time spent attending lectures, should approach your lecturer as soon as help available for Stage II and III students.
laboratories or tutorials, you should plan a possible. The lecturer may be able to arrange
minimum of six hours per week studying notes another time to sit the test, or make other The assistance room is staffed from10am to 4pm,
and working on assignment problems. arrangements. Monday to Friday during semesters, and
Approximately 10 hours per week over one available for reduced hours during the study
breaks. Tutors wearing blue sashes are available
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to help you with problems arising with One-to-one Tutoring also on some evenings, weekends and holidays. Matlab
assignments or the understanding of a course. Almost all first and second year courses will be
Individual assistance for Stage I courses can be
obtained by filling in an appointment sheet. The Using the Computer Laboratories using the computer algebra system Matlab and
The Mathematics Assistance Room is
one-to-one tutoring appointment sheet is its Symbolic Math toolbox in both teaching and
coordinated by: The Department shares three 120 machine
available from the Student Resource Centre assessment. The program is available in the
Wendy Stratton computer laboratories with the Departments of
(Room G16, Building 303). You can book a 30 undergraduate computer lab and for purchase
Room 413 - Building 303 Statistics and Computer Science. These are
minute slot of one-to-one tutoring every week. from the Student Resource Centre. For more
Phone: ext 85757 located in the Science Centre, Building 303S.
information and a tutorial on getting started with
Email: Matlab go to the webpage at www.math.
Study groups All students enrolled in science courses have
access to these laboratories. The login name is
Māori and Pasifika (Tuākana) If you wish to organise a study group for your their NetAccount name - the NetAccount
tutorial rooms class, or be be part of such a group, please password is also used. Student ID cards are Communication and Student
Māori and Pasifika students taking a contact your class representative. needed to use a computer laboratory.
mathematics course are invited to participate in Representation
the Tuākana Mathematics Programme. The Buying Textbooks Mathematics students have booking privileges in
the basement laboratory, but may use the other Each class elects a representative each semester
programme provides additional assistance and Most textbooks and coursebooks are available at
two laboratories when they are not being used by to attend meetings to discuss matters concerning
support in mathematics and an opportunity to the University Bookshop in the Kate Edger
Computer Science students. Because the students and the department. Generally two
work with our senior Māori and Pasifika students. Information Commons. Coursebooks and other
Laboratories are used by a large number of meetings are scheduled each semester. Those
The programme will be based in Room 124, level resources prepared by the Department are also
students and will be very busy around meetings are attended by the elected student
1, Building 303, 38 Princes street. available online, as pdf files, via Cecil www.
assignment due dates, students are strongly representatives and departmental staff. Any Texts for some courses are problems affecting students may be raised at
In particular, students who take Stage I courses in encouraged to work on their assignments early.
in the Short Loan Collection at the Kate Edger these meetings. Students are able to approach
mathematics, and some Stage II students will be Students who leave their work to the last day may
Information Commons. their class representatives if they want a matter
contacted by the start of Semester One. If you find all the machines are booked!
are not contacted by the end of the first week, raised. Student representatives also attend
please contact: Calculators Handouts are available on topics like using a PC, meetings of the Science Faculty, the Board of
Some courses prohibit or restrict the use of An Introduction to the Undergraduate Lab, Studies of Mathematical and Information
Gary Nathan
calculators in tests and examinations. Restrictions Getting Started Using UNIX. Sciences and the Mathematics Department. The
Room 315 - Building 303
may include such capabilities as: Demonstrators are rostered in the laboratories departmental coordinator is:
Phone: ext 84931
Email: • alphanumeric keys, and they are available to assist you. They can be Alastair McNaughton
easily identified by the bright orange or yellow Room 330 - Building 303
• storage of formulae, sashes they wear. Their role is not to do Phone: ext 85244
Office hours: individual assistance • programming capability, assignments for students, but rather to assist Email:
from the teaching staff
• communication capability. students to gain a better understanding of the
Lecturers designate several hours (office hours) computer packages being used, and of course to Any student with a complaint about the way he
per week when they will be available in their The Study Guide for each course indicates cope with technical problems. Specifically, if the or she has been treated by the department is
office to assist you with mathematical questions. whether calculators are to be used and what computer being used is, or becomes, faulty, do invited to discuss the matter with the Head of
These times are usually posted on their office restrictions, if any, are to be placed on them. NOT attempt to remedy the fault personally but Department. If the prospect of approaching the
door and announced either in the Study Guide or ask a demonstrator. HOD is daunting, other avenues for complaint
during lectures, as well as on the department are through the class representative, or the
website. Most lecturers will also give assistance Computer access The Computing Laboratory Coordinator for the Departmental Manager for Mathematics, Lynda
at other times when they are free. Department is: Pitcaithly (Rm 336, Ext 88063), or any
Many students have their own computers. It is
Dr Allison Heard approachable lecturer. Complaints like
not, however, necessary to own a computer to do
Extra Tutorials Room 414 - Building 303 inaccurate marking of tests or assignments are
mathematics, statistics or computer science. The
Phone: ext. 88816 usually best dealt with by the course coordinator..
These are offered for some courses during the laboratory facilities of the departments are
available for you. Computing packages unlikely to Email:
week and in weekends when there is demand,
and especially immediately prior to semester be found on most home computers are available
More information about labs (inlcuding opening
tests and examinations. on the laboratory machines which are
hours and online computer bookings) can be
Laboratories are open during work hours, and
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Admission and enrolment For advice on enrolling in Mathematics courses,
please contact the Undergraduate Advisor at the
Mathematics Department:
Academic Programme Structure
Points Structure
procedures Jamie Sneddon
Phone: ext 82121
From 2006, all courses were changed to a
different points value.  Students enrolled in a
normal full time course of study now complete
New students Your Net ID and password allow you to access Room 305 - Building 303, 38 Princes Street 120 points per year.  The courses in most
If you are not enrolled at The University of the University’s nDeva site, enabling you to Email: undergraduate degrees carry a value of 15 points
Auckland, apply online at monitor the progress of your application and
and a normal full time enrolment is eight courses
check if further documentation is required.
apply_now. If you are unable to access our Changing Enrolment per year.
website, please call 0800 61 62 63 or visit the Choose carefully at the beginning. It is however,
Once you have accepted an offer of place, you
Student Information Centre at 22 Princes Street,
will gain access to the Enrolment module on possible to add and delete courses within the first Transition Points Structure
Auckland. This is open Monday to Friday from two weeks of each semester without penalty (i.e.
nDeva and you can then proceed to enrol in Transition regulations apply to all students who
8am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 12noon during tuition fees are refunded for deletions). After this
courses online. Postgraduate students may need have continued enrolment during the transition
peak times. time, you may not enrol in new courses for that
to contact their department for enrolment to be period having commenced study in their
completed. semester, and if you are unable to continue a programme at this university prior to the 2006
Student Information Centre
course a ‘withdrawal’ from courses can be done academic year.  They also apply to students who
Room 112, Level 1 (Ground Floor)
Returning students with consultation of the Associate Dean commence study in an undergraduate degree in
The ClockTower Building, 22 Princes Street
(Undergraduate Students) until the third week the 2006 academic year having commenced but
Auckland City Campus If you are currently enrolled at The University of before the end of lectures. However, tuition fees not completed study in a different undergraduate
Auckland in 2009, and would like to change your are not refundable in these cases. The regulations
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 88199 programme at this university between 2001 and
existing programme (for example MSc after for changing courses are outlined in the latest
Fax: + 64 9 367 7104 2005.
completion of BSc(Hons)), you should apply on version of The University of Auckland Calendar.
nDeva ( by logging Staff at the Student Information Centre in the The Transition regulations were written to ensure
The closing date for most undergraduate Science on and clicking on Add/Change programme. Clock Tower Building, at the City Campus and at that students are able to complete their
applications is 8 December 2009. the Student Resource Centre on the Tamaki qualification without disadvantage in terms of
You will be able to enrol via nDeva, but if you
Campus have the necessary forms to fill in for duration of study or the proportion of their
If you want to take courses at Summer School, or would like help, please call 0800 61 62 63 or visit
change of programme or course. The qualification to be completed.
wish to apply to Sport and Exercise Science or the the Student Information Centre or the Faculty of
Departmental Graduate Coordinator should be
Bachelor of Optometry, applications close Science Student Centre (Ground Floor, Building
consulted for changes to Masters or Diploma Transition regulations are available in the
1 December 2009. 301, 23 Symonds Street). Postgraduate students
Programmes. Transition Regulations Handbook.  This handbook
may need to contact their department for
is available from the Science Faculty Student
Only one application is required. enrolment to be completed.
Centre, the Short Loans Library and online at
The University of Auckland is open for enrolment
After submitting your application: Students who fail the recommended preparation academiclife.
from November 2009 to the end of February for a course are strongly advised to repeat the
Your application will be acknowledged by post, 2010. You are welcome to attend at any time failed course (or courses) rather than continue
and you will receive your Net ID, password and a during normal office hours to seek academic or General Education
with their proposed programme. For example, if
list of items required to evaluate your eligibility to enrolment advice or assistance in completing you have enrolled for MATHS 250 in the second The University of Auckland is the only New
be admitted to the University and to your chosen your enrolment. semester but fail MATHS 150 in the first semester Zealand university to include a General Education
programme/s (if you are submitting a hard copy
you should cancel your enrolment in MATHS 250 component in its undergraduate degrees.
application form, you are required to include Room 112, Level 1
and re-enrol for MATHS 150. It will be assumed Courses in the programme are designed to give
relevant documentation at the time of The ClockTower, 22 Princes Street
that students who continue with MATHS 250 you a greater understanding of New Zealand and
submission). When all documentation Auckland City Campus
have mastered the earlier material. its place in the world, an opportunity to mix with
requirements have been met, your application
Phone: 64 9 373 7599 ext 88199 students from different disciplines, and expose
will be assessed by the Admissions Office and
Fax: 64 9 367 7104 you to cross-disciplinary research.
relevant faculties. If your application is approved,
you will receive an offer of place. Email:

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BSc students must take two General Education the courses available to them and provides the Undergraduate Enrolment - where to from here?
courses (30 points) in their degree.  These can be information needed for course selection. 
taken at any time during the degree, but it may Enquire
The requirement for General Education applies to
be preferable to take these in Year 2 and 3. Visit or contact our student advisers for any information you need.
students who enrol at The University of Auckland Phone: 0800 61 62 63 | Email:
Students will choose General Education courses from 2006 to begin their first undergraduate Student Information Centre: Room 112, ClockTower, 22 Princes St, Auckland
from schedules which list courses available to degree.  Transition students are not required to
their particular degree. The schedules have been include General Education as part of their
Apply for a place in a programme(s)
developed so that students will take General degree.   Special arrangements will apply to
Do you have internet access, or can you come on to campus to our help labs?
Education courses that allow them to explore students transferring from another tertiary
areas of interest outside of their degree subjects.  institution with credit.
The General Education schedules are: Yes No
Students are encouraged to seek advice on • Log on to Phone: 0800 61 62 63
A)      Music, Art and Contemporary Issues  General Education in their degree from the • Click on Apply Now. (or +64 9 308 2386 if overseas)
Science Students’ Centre. Email:
• Complete the online Application for a place in your programme(s) of choice.
B)      Humanities and Social Sciences
• You will receive an acknowledgement letter asking you to provide specific certified The ClockTower Call Centre will
documents (and in some cases to complete other requirements*) before your forward required information to
C)      Business and Society application can be assessed. The letter will also tell you how to access the University’s you.
nDeva system to complete the next steps.
D)      Life Sciences

E)      Physical Sciences Offer

Your application will be assessed and, if successful, an “Offer of a place in a programme” letter will be mailed to you. This
F)      Mathematical and Information Sciences normally happens from mid January.**

G)     Communication
H)      Languages Accept or decline your offer of a place in a programme online. Remember – you still need to enrol in your courses!

The courses available to BSc students will depend

on the subjects in which they are enrolled.  For Postgraduate Programmes
example, students enrolled in a Mathematics Enrol in your choice of courses * For some programmes, you may be
required to submit supplementary
Masters programmes are one year degrees For help with choosing courses you can:
course will not be able to take General Education information (eg, a portfolio of work, referee
preceded by either a one year Bachelor Honours • talk to staff for advice, and listen to talks on various programmes at Courses and
reports, an online form) or to attend an
courses from Schedule F Mathematical and interview/audition. If you have not already
degree or a Postgraduate Diploma. Careers day in late August or the Orientation Day in late February
Information Sciences. done this, any outstanding requirements will
• refer to or to publications relating to your be explained in the acknowledgement letter

In some cases, courses are available both as part

Doctoral Students programme, or to The University of Auckland Calendar. For programme – ensure that you follow them up as quickly
as possible.
publications call 0800 61 62 63. The Calendar is for sale in bookshops or can be
of the General Education programme and as part Doctoral degrees remain essentially the same in accessed from Click on “Current Students” then “University ** You can also check the status of your
of the portfolio of regular degree courses.  If structure and duration.  The structure of the PhD Calendar” in the Quick Links box application online using your login and
password (if you don’t know these, check the
students are taking a dual purpose course as is now recorded on the academic transcript in • check the timetable for your chosen courses at
instructions on your acknowledgement
part of the General Education programme, they new points in accordance with the 120 points • for more information visit the Faculty of Science Student Centre, Ground Floor, letter). If you are not offered a place in the
will enrol in the G version of the course (e.g. system. Building 301, 23 Symonds Street programme(s) of your choice, you will
receive a letter outlining alternative options.
HISTORY 103G).  The classes and programme of • or call 0800 61 62 63. Please follow the advice on the letter or get
study will be the same for all students. For named doctorates which include courses with • consult or email in touch with the ClockTower Call Centre.
Your final offer of a place is dependent both
points, the courses have been re-weighted as part Enrol in courses via the online nDeva system, using your login and password. on you gaining admission to the University
A General Education website, of the 120 point structure. (which for school leavers may be dependent
Pay your tuition fees.
nz/generaleducation  can be accessed from the on your final school results) and assessment
by the faculty offering the programme.
University webpage and enables students to view
You are now a University of Auckland student. Congratulations!

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Improve your English ELSAC provides free services to improve your • Using the work of other scholars or students Student support
academic English skills, including tailored support when preparing coursework and pretending it
language skills from a Language Advisor and language learning is your own by not acknowledging where it
Typically students cheat because they are having
difficulty managing workloads, feel that the
materials. Get help with academic writing, listening came from. This is called plagiarism. Course course content is too difficult or experience
All first-year students are required to
skills, and pronunciation and more. ELSAC is located coordinators, lecturers or tutors are the difficulties with the language of the course. None
undertake an assessment that enables us to
in the Kate Edger Information Commons. appropriate people with whom you should of these reasons are justification for cheating.
identify your level of academic English. This
discuss how to use and acknowledge the work There are many people and services at the
free assessment is available via DELNA. ELSAC of others appropriately; University to assist students. Besides the
Diagnostic English Language Needs Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons possibilities listed on page 41 (Getting help
• Making up or fabricating data in research
Assessment (DELNA) Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82134 section), options of people to approach include:
assignments, or the writing up of laboratory
Email: reports;
DELNA is only available to students who have • the course convenor/coordinator, lecturer,
accepted a place and enrolled at The University of For more information visit tutorial head, lab demonstrator
• Impersonating someone else in a test or
Auckland. It cannot be used to exclude you from a
examination, or arranging such impersonation; • Head of Department
particular programme and the results do not
appear on your academic record.
Academic honesty, cheating
• Submitting the same, or a substantially similar,
and plagarism assignment that you have done, for
• faculty-level official
The Screening - a 30 minute compulsory
Cheating is viewed as a serious academic offence assessment in more than one course; • Student Learning Centre or Library staff
assessment includes a vocabulary task and a text
editing task. It enables us to quickly identify by The University of Auckland. The University will
• Misrepresenting disability, temporary illness/ • AUSA or other students’ association
whether or not you need assistance with the not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat.
injury or exceptional circumstances beyond representatives
demands of academic English. If you do require Penalties are set by the Discipline Committee of the
one’s control, then claiming special conditions;
assistance, you will undertake the second part of Senate and may include suspension or expulsion
• health and counselling services staff.
the assessment. from the University. • Using Material obtained from commercial
essay or assignment services, including Students should also consult the University’s
You can book your screening assessment during What is cheating? major academic referencing resource: www.cite.
web-based sources.
Orientation Week or the first week of semester by
going online to: Cheating, in the context of University coursework
booking and examinations, is the act of attempting to gain Group work The following website provides further
an unfair advantage by violating the principle that On the whole, the University requires assessment information about the key principles and
The Diagnosis – is only necessary if your screening lies behind all University work – that of intellectual of the work of individual students. On those rare practices underlying academic honesty, and
results suggest you need assistance with and scholarly integrity. occasions where the work of a group of students related resources:
academic English language skills. This two-hour is assessed, group members need to make sure
assessment includes a listening, reading and Work submitted for grading – in coursework and
that the workload is shared equally. Course
writing task. It enables us to recommend examinations – must ultimately be your own work,
coordinators will determine their own procedures teaching-learning/honesty/
appropriate English language enrichment options. reflecting your learning and performance. To cheat
for dealing with cases where the final piece of
is to be intellectually dishonest by passing off as
work reflects unequal participation and effort.
If you do need to improve your skills, you will be your own, work that has been done by someone
invited to discuss your needs with the DELNA else. It is also unjust in that it devalues the grades
Language Adviser and guided to sources of and qualifications gained legitimately by other
effective English language enrichment within the students.
All staff and students have a responsibility to
For more information visit prevent, discourage and report cheating.
Examples of forms of cheating
English Language Self Access Centre (ELSAC) • Copying from another student during a test or
examination, whether or not there is collusion
between the students involved;
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Students Association Disabilities Office Coordinators are located in
Auckland University Students’ Association
Room 036, Basement Level, ClockTower,
(AUSA) offers many services to support students
22 Princes Street
and to provide discounted goods. AUSA runs
Phone: +64 3737599 88808,
training workshops for Class Representatives
Fax:+64 9 308 2354

Student Services and

throughout the year and publishes a monthly
newsletter available through the Department.
Students may also contact a Student Advocate,
the AUSA Education Coordinator or the Harassment

Important Locations Education Vice President regarding academic

concerns. If interested in creating a club and
receiving funding, contact the AUSA Clubs
In the large and complex society of the University
it is possible that students may encounter
problems with the behaviour of staff or fellow
Liaison Officer. Phone 309 0789 or visit the students. If this behaviour is unwanted,
AUSA House, 4 Alfred Street, across from the unacceptable or offensive it may be harassment.
General Library on City Campus. University policy is that harassment on any
Student associations 51 grounds - including, but not restricted to sexual,
Students with disabilities racial, religious, and academic - is totally
Students with disabilities 51
unacceptable. For informal and confidential
Harassment 51 Students with disabilities are encouraged to
assistance in dealing with harassment problems,
attend and accomplish at The University of
WAVE: Welfare. Advocacy. Voice. Education 52 students may approach any member of the
Auckland. If you are living with an impairment, if
Career advice 52 Resolve Network (a list of their names can be
you suspect that you have an impairment,
found on posters displayed around campus) or
Student support services 53 please contact the Disabilities Office Co-
the Mediator. For information and contact details,
Important locations 54 ordinators. They will assist you in accessing
services and resources or put you in touch with
University Library | Te Tumu Herenga 55 policies/antiharrass.cfm .
the right people to help.
Lecture theatres locations 56
City Campus map 57
Members of the Mathematics Department 58

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Student Service Location Contact details
Welfare. Advocacy. Voice. Education.
WAVE is located in AUSA House, 4 Alfred Street
(across from the General Library).
Phone: +64 9 309 0789 ext 251
Heading B
Accommodation and
Conference Services
O’Rorke Hall, 16 Mount Street +64 9 373 7599 ext 87691
WELFARE is a welfare referral service. If you’re
stressed, hungry or have exhausted your Web: Careers Centre Room 001, The ClockTower +64 9 373 7599 ext 88727
overdraft - we try to help! We have an onsite
foodbank and hardship funds that you can apply Careers advice
for. We can also put you in contact with the right Early childcare services 28 Park Avenue Grafton +64 9 373 7599 ext 85894
A science degree from The University of Auckland
people and agencies to provide you with the Chaplain’s Office 18 Princes Street +64 9 373 7599 ext 87731
will give you a foundation of knowledge and skills
resources you need.
that can lead to a wide range of career
opportunities. Our graduates begin their careers Disability Services Room 036, The ClockTower (South +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936
ADVOCACY is the run by Advocacy Manager Wing)
with support from the Advocacy Assistant and in research organisations, local government,
central government, universities, commerce and Mediator’s Office +64 9 373 7599 ext 88905
the Student Advocacy Network (SAN). If you feel
industry, international and community
you have been treated unfairly or have a
grievance with the university, WAVE provides a organisations. You may begin your career in a
science position, or in a position that is not Equal Opportunities Level 1, The ClockTower (East +64 9 373 7599 ext 84923
confidential, free service available to all students.
directly science related but where your science Wing)
They can advise on student rights and university
procedures, assist in resolving disputes involving knowledge and skills are of benefit. Student Finance Room 108, ClockTower +64 9 373 7599 ext 84422
students or staff, and provide information and
The University Careers Centre can assist you with Health Services Level 3, Student Commons +64 9 373 7599 ext 87681
referrals. They can also provide general legal
your career planning and job search throughout (including Counselling)
advice on issues such as tenancy, employment
the course of your studies. The Careers Centre
and many other areas of law. SAN hours are Dental Services Level 3, Student Commons +64 9 373 7599 ext 83860
provides assistance to science students through
10am - 12 noon every weekday during semester. International Students’ Auckland International, Old Choral +64 9 373 7513
careers information and advice, job search and
You can also contact the Advocacy Manager and Information Centre Hall
career research workshops in the Careers Centre,
Advocacy Assistant on Phone 309 0789 ext 202
plus seminars and a drop-in service at a variety
or 251. Recreation Centre Building 314 +64 9 373 7599 ext 84788
of times and locations in the Science faculty. For
17 Symonds Street
VOICE is student representation - Class Reps and more details please see our website Scholarships Office Room 012, The ClockTower +64 9 373 7599 ext 87494
students on University committees. WAVE offers
class rep training, class party funding, a class rep
Careers.Sci Student Advocacy Network AUSA House +64 9 309 0789 ext 215
handbook and quarterly newsletters. They also
3 Alfred Street
organize the election, training and support of Make sure you visit Careers.Sci, an online career
University Committee Reps. University planning programme customised for Science
committees set the direction for The University of Student Information Centre Room 112, The ClockTower 0800 61 62 63
students that will allow you to manage and plan +64 9 373 7599 ext 88199
Auckland, drafting policy and regulations. You your career. Log on to Cecil (
can have your say through student committee and check it out!
reps. Check out their website at Student Learning Centre Level 3, Information Commons +64 9 373 7599 ext 88850
nz/wave for more details! Student loans and allowances StudyLink 0800 88 99 00
The EDUCATION Vice President (EVP) acts on For job vacancies and information on current Student Resource Centre Room G16, Science Centre, +64 9 373 7599 ext 85510 or 89378
wider educational issues that affect you. This may graduate career opportunities, visit Building 303
include submissions to the University and to, which also
Students’ Association AUSA 4 Alfred Street +64 9 309 0789
central Government. Their role involves bringing advertises employer presentations on campus.
concerns about education matters to the wider Also go to the Science@Work careers fair in
community. August/September each year.
Tuākana Mathematics Room 124, Science Centre, +64 9 923 4931
Programme Building 302
University Bookshop (UBS) Kate Edger Building +64 9 306 2700
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Important Locations University Library |
Information Commons
Designed as information hubs, the Information
Mathematics Department Office
The administrative offices for the Mathematics
Te Tumu Herenga
Commons give you computer access and learning Department at City Campus are located in: The University Library consists of the General Library and 12 subject-specific libraries with over 2.2
support, as well as proving group and individual million items, 4700 study spaces and 1100 computers.
study areas. You’ll find these facilities at our City, Room 303, Science Centre
Grafton and Epsom campuses. Building 303, 38 Princes Street General Library
Phone: 373 7599 Ext 85886 Most science serials are now available
At the Kate Edger Information Commons on the Email: enquiries@math.auckland, electronically. The majority of the science book
City Campus you will find computer training Website: collection is shelved on Level M where you will
rooms, the Student Learning Centre, a Disabilities also find printed serial collections for biology,
Resource room, the Library’s Short Loan service Offices of Mathematics Department marine science, chemistry, computer science,
and the English Language Self-Access Centre Lecturers food science, geology, physics, mathematics and
(ELSAC). statistics. Geography, computer science and
These are located along the main corridor of the
third and fourth floors of the Science Centre psychology serials are shelved with the book
The IC Helpdesks provide walk-in, roaming, email
Building 303, at 38 Princes Street. collection.
and telephone support with all aspects of student
computing resources and services. Courses, tours and training
Mathematics and Statistics Help Desk, Inter-Campus Library Delivery Service,
Information Commons Computer Laboratories Tours and hands-on courses will give you the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery and the
Phone: 373 7599 ext 82333 confidence to use the University Library, its
Basement and ground floor of the Building 303S. Short Loan Collection.
Email: Information Commons service and all its resources. If you are a new student, the following Subject Librarians
Student Resource Centre courses are recommended:
Students’ primary contact with the Mathematics Visit the subject librarians in Science Information
Department will be through this service. The • Library and Resources Overview: an Services on Level M. Consultation sessions are
Student Resource Centre is located in G16 (within introduction to the University Library resources available during visits made by the Subject
SciSpace), ground floor of the the Science Centre, and services. Librarian to the Departments.
Building 303, on the City Campus. See page 41
for details. • Database Searching: how to choose and use Mathematics Subject Librarian
Michael Parkinson
Assistance Room for Stage I and II • Uni IT Essentials: covers University IT facilities, Room M13, Level M, General Library
Maths Students Netaccount and NetID, Cecil, Webmail, Phone: 373 7599 ext 85858
The Assistance Room is located on the Ground wireless and other electronic resources. Email:
floor of the Science Centre, Building 303 in room
G16, past the Student Resource Centre. To book a Library course visit www.library. Borrowing and accessing resources
Your student ID card is your Library card. Use it
Tuākana Rooms Services to access the photocopiers, printers and to
Facilities and support for all The Tuākana programme rooms for Stage I and borrow items. You also have 24-hour access via
Visit the subject librarians in Science Information
students II Māori and Pacific Islands students are located the Library website
the first level of the Science Centre, Building 303 Services on level M. Consultation sessions are
Refer to the general University Prospectus or the available during visits made by the Subject
University website for a in rooms 122 (tutors office), 124 (tutorial room) General Library
and 125 (study room). Librarian to the Departments. 5 Alfred Street, City Campus
more extensive list of services in place for
students. Phone: 373 7599 ext 88044
Other Library services include Ask a Librarian
Service, Enquiry Desk, Information Commons
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Lecture Theatre Locations
Building 303 (includes most common Mathematics tutorial rooms)
114 (301.114) Mathematics tutorial room , (first floor)
B08 Postgraduate lecture room (basement)
B10 Small tutorial room (basement)
B25 Mathematics tutorial room (basement)
B75 (BTL) Basement Teaching Lab (basement, south wing)
B90 Another Computer Lab (basement, south wing)
G16 SciSpace, Student Resource Centre and Mathematics and Statistics Assistance Area
(ground floor)
MLT 1 Large Mathematics Lecture Theatre (ground floor)
MLT 2 Mathematics Lecture Theatre 2 (first floor)
MLT 3 Mathematics Lecture Theatre 3 (first floor)
PLT1 Large Physics Lecture Theatre 1 (ground floor)
PLT2 Physics Lecture Theatre 2 (ground floor)
PLT3 Physics Lecture Theatre 3 (basement)
SLT1 Science Lecture Theatre 1 (ground floor)
Other buildings
301.242 Geol242: Small lecture/tutorial room in the Chemistry/Geology Building
301.248 Geol248: Tutorial room in the Chemistry/Geology Building (301.248)
ALR Architecture Lecture Room, Architecture Building, 22 Symonds Street
Arts Arts1 Building, 14A Symonds Street
BLT100 Biology Building Room 100, 5 Symonds Street
BLT204 Biology Building Room 204, 5 Symonds Street
CA, CB, CC Commerce A, 3A Symonds Street; Commerce B, 5 Symonds Street; Commerce C, 18
Symonds Street
Chem Chemistry Building, (corner Symonds and Wellesley Streets) 23 Symonds Street) contains
the Large and Medium Lecture Theatres (LgeChem, MedChem)
Conf Cen Conference Centre, 22 Symonds Street Eng Engineering School, 20 Symonds Street HSB
Lib B10, Lib B15, Library Building Basement Theatre 10, 15 and 28 respectively, 5 Alfred Street
Li bB28
Law Law Buildings, 5-17 Eden Crescent contains Stone, Algie, Northey and Small Lecture
LargeChem Large Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Chemistry Building
MedChem Medium Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Chemistry Building
OCH Old Choral Hall, corner Symonds and Alfred Streets, 7 Symonds Street
OldGovLT Old Government House Lecture Theatre, 3A Symonds Street
OGGB 3/4/5 Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road
F&PAA Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium, 12 Grafton Road
HSB 1/2 Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street

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Lecturing staff - Mathematics Department
Name Ext Room Email
An, A/Prof Jianbei 88773 307
Bartholomew, Dr Hannah 84239 308
Barton, Prof Bill (Associate Head - Academic, Head
88779 312
Mathematics Education Unit)
Bryant, A/Prof David 88763 365
Calvert, A/Prof Bruce 88780 314
Chan, Dr Robert 85212 312
Conder, Prof Marston (NZIMA Co-director) 88879 319
Galbraith, Dr Steven 88778 tba
Gauld, Prof David 88697 432
Gover, Prof A. Rod (Head Analysis, Geometry, Topology) 88792 423
Greenwood, Dr Sina 88776 404
Heard, Dr Allison (Computer Labs Coordinator) 88816 414
Kaipio, Dr Jari 88818 412
Kirk, Dr Vivien (Head Applied Mathematics Unit) 88812 406
McKenzie, Helen (Tertiary Foundation Certificate) 88789 325
McNaughton, Dr Alastair (Tutors & Markers Coordinator;
85244 330
Students-Staff Liaison Committee Coordinator)
Meylan, Dr Mike 85865 407
Moors, Dr Warren (Associate Head - Research) 84746 332
Nathan, Garry (Tuākana Programme Coordinator) 84931 118
Novak, Julia 84747 321
Oates, Greg 88605 322
O’Brien, Prof Eamonn (Head Algebra and Combinatorics) 88819 411
Parnell, Sheena (TFC) 85750 324
Paterson, Dr Judy 88605 322
Pfannkuch, Dr Maxine 88794 310
Postlethwaite, Dr Claire 88817 414
Sharp, Dr Philip (Deputy Head) 88884 329
Slinko, A/Prof Arkadii 85749 409
Sneddon, Dr Jamie (Undergraduate Advisor) 82121 305
Sneyd, Prof James (Head of Department) 87474 417
Solomon, Dr Wiremu 88771 209
Statham, Moira (TFC) 85750 324
Stratton, Wendy (MAX and Assistance Room Coordinator) 85757 413
Taylor, Dr Stephen (Postgraduate Advisor) 86622 306
ter Elst, Dr Tom (PhD Advisor) 86901 404
Thomas, A/Prof Michael 88791 327
Waldron, Dr Shayne 85877 410
Wang, Dr Shixiao 86629 404
Administrative Staff
Lee, Min-Ah (Department Administrator/PA to HoD) 88777 303
Maltseva, Karren (Department Manager to 03.2010) 88063 336
Moala, Olita (Financial Administrator) 88743 302
Nagy, Adina (Academic Administrator, Webmaster) 85886 303
Pitcaithly, Lynda (Department Manager) 88063 336
Subject Librarian
Parkinson, Michael (Librarian) 85858 M113
Student Resource Centre
Liow, Lily (Coordinator) 89378 G16
Venugopalan, Jaya (Manager) 85510 G16

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