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Undergraduate Study

First Year Mathematics and Statistics

Frequently asked questions

I can't hand my assignment in by the due date. Can I get an extension?

All requests for an extension of time on an assignment must be made by applying for special consideration or special arrangements. See the information on Special Considerations. Late assignments will only be accepted if you have an approved extension. See also the next question on late penalties.

What happens if I submit my assignment late. Can I still get some credit?

For most units, written assignments or projects submitted late without permission will incur a late penalty equal to 5% of the maximum awardable mark per day. These deductions begin immediately after the time the assignment is due and continue for 10 calendar days or until a solution for the assignment is released or marked assignments are returned to other students. At that point the mark awarded will be zero. Check the unit information sheet for details.

How do I apply for special consideration or special arrangement?

See the information on special consideration/arrangement.

Which units should I take?

The level at which you study depends on your background and the degree in which you are enrolled. The table below is a guide only: more detailed information is available in the Junior Mathematics Handbook, and you should discuss your choice with a mathematics adviser at enrolment.

If you have not done HSC Mathematics (HSC Mathematics Advanced from 2021) or equivalent please look at the information on mathematics prerequisites.

Can I enrol in Advanced units if I haven't done HSC Mathematics Extension 2?

This is not generally recommended. However, if you have a Band E4 in HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent and a strong interest in mathematics you may apply for departmental permission to enrol.

How do I enrol in a bridging course?

The Bridging Course website contains information on what is offered and how to enrol.

I have failed a unit of study. What should I do now? Can I re-sit the exam?

If the unit of study you have failed is a necessary requirement for your degree then you will need to repeat it. If available, you can repeat the unit in summer school, or the next semester it is offered. It is not possible to re-sit the exam, nor are there any circumstances under which your mark can be changed to a pass.

Where can I find solutions to past exam papers?

Lecturers in a particular unit of study may or may not release solutions to past papers. If solutions are released, they will be posted on the unit webpage or on Canvas. Any enquiries about the release or otherwise of solutions should be made directly to your lecturer. You may discuss solutions in the discussion forum (Edstem available through Canvas).

How can I find out more about a particular unit?

The Junior Mathematics Handbook has course descriptions for all units.

Also, each unit has its own website, which can be accessed from the Junior Mathematics webpage. There is an information sheet for each unit, available from Canvas. The information sheet includes (for example) details of the assessment procedure, dates of assessment tasks and a week-by-week outline of the course material.

Where can I find the timetable for a particular unit?

After the semester start, the timetable for each unit is displayed on the web page for that unit. You may be able to get some information on the timetable page.

Can I attend a different tutorial from that shown on my timetable?

No. You may only attend the tutorial to which you have been allocated. Please see the next question if you wish to change your tutorial time.

How can I change my tutorial time?

Since most tutorials are currently full, it is not always possible to change your tutorial time. However, should you wish to try you should do the following:

  • Choose a tutorial time that suits you. (Refer to the unit of study webpage for the timetable available after start of semester).
  • Go to that tutorial and ask the tutor if you may join his or her tutorial. (Writing your name on the roll does not enrol you in the tutorial.) If the tutor allows you to join the tutorial, check that your name appears, typed, on the tutor's printed roll when you attend the tutorial the following week.

Note that tutors will not allow you to join a tutorial if it is already full.

If a tutor allows you to join a tutorial that is not on your printed personal timetable, your printed personal timetable will not be changed, and the University's timetabling coordinator will not be notified.

As far as the School of Mathematics and Statistics is concerned, you are enrolled in a tutorial if and only if your name is TYPED on your tutor's roll.

What/where is Kopystop?

Kopystop is a print shop at 55 Mountain St Broadway. Kopystop sells all course notes that are published by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Is it compulsory to attend lectures and tutorials?

Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance requirements have been amended. Where on-campus or online tutorials/workshops/laboratories have been scheduled, students should make every effort to attend and participate at the scheduled time. If you are unable to attend for any reason (e.g. health or technical issues) you should and attend another session, if available. Penalties will not apply if you cannot attend your scheduled class.

If you cannot go to lectures you should follow the recordings available from Canvas as well as study other relevant material provided online.

Where can I get help if I am having trouble understanding the material?

Make use of the discussion forum (Ed Discussion) available through Canvas and ask questions. Other students or staff will answer. Lecturers are available to help you at specified consultation times. The times are given on the unit's web page or Canvas site.

If you need help because you do not have the necessary mathematical background for your unit of study you may attend the Mathematics Learning Centre.

Can I see my tutor outside the tutorial time?

Only if your tutor has indicated that he or she is willing to see students outside the tutorial time. Many tutors are employed on a casual basis and are not required to be available outside the tutorial time. In general, if you need help you should see one of the lecturers during a consultation time or ask a question in the discussion forum (Ed Discussion, access through Canvas).