PMTH339 Differential Equations

Updated: 01 April 2016
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
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PMTH439

It is best if students do PMTH333 before this unit.

Combined Units PMTH439 - Differential Equations
Coordinator(s) Stephen McCormick (
Unit Description

This unit offers qualitative and quantitative methods for ordinary and partial differential equations. This unit offers such topics as first order equations; second order linear equations; series solutions; boundary value problems, and phase plane analysis.

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: 9780470458310
Boyce, W.E. and Di Prima, R.C., Wiley 10th ed. 2012

Note: Students are also welcome to use the 9th edition of this text.

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
Compulsory Assignments 40%
Assessment Notes

9 problem-based assignments

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 3 hrs 15 mins 60%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

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.