PMTH339 Differential Equations

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites PMTH212 or PMTH212A and PMTH213 or PMTH213A or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Yihong Du (
Unit Description

Topics include: first order equations; second order linear equations; series solutions; boundary value problems, and phase plane analysis. It is best if students do PMTH333 before this unit. Two lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

ISBN: 9780470383346
Boyce, W.E. and Di Prima, R.C., Wiley 9th ed. 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignments 20%
Assessment Notes

9 problem-based assignments

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3 GA: 1, 2, 6, 8

Final Examination 3 hrs 80%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3 GA: 1, 2, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a basic understanding of the theory of elementary ordinary and partial differential equations and some of its applications;
  2. develop a basic knowledge about partial differential equations; and
  3. possess some of the elementary skills on the applications of differential equations.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Embedded in problem-solving skills. Demonstrated in lectures, practised and applied in tutorials, assessed in problem-based assignment tasks and exams.

True True True
Communication Skills

This is practised in doing assignment questions, and is also covered in the teaching process and the exams.

Life-Long Learning

Through the learning process of this unit.

Problem Solving

This is demonstrated in the teaching process (lectures and tutorials), and practised in the exams and assignments.

True True True
Team Work

Practised in problem solving and tutorial discussions.