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 and PMTH213 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.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

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 30%
Assessment Notes

9 problem-based assignments

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

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 6, 8

Final Examination 3 hrs 15 mins 70%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. use a broad and coherent theoretical knowledge to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the theory of elementary, ordinary and partial differential equations and some of its applications;
  2. develop a deep level of theoretical knowledge about partial differential equations;
  3. apply well-developed knowledge and skills relating to applications of differential equations; and
  4. analyse and generate solutions to sometimes complex problems, with logical and coherent methodolgy in solving differential equations.

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

The material covered provides a general knowledge base of differential equations, an important area of mathematics that bridges applications and theory.

True True True
Communication Skills

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

True True True
Life-Long Learning

The lectures, tutorials and assignment questions guide the students to learn how to solve problems through the use of mathematical tools. They help the students to know that this problem solving strategy has unlimited use, and is a life-long learning process.

Problem Solving

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

True True True
Team Work

Practised in problem solving and tutorial discussions.

True True