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Mathematics

DT7248

Programme Description

This single-stage, add-on programme offers a valuable BSc qualification in Mathematics and also provides the necessary mathematical foundations for entry to the BSc Honours Degree in Mathematics. A degree in mathematics is highly sought after by many employers and produces extremely flexible graduates.  This programme provides a core of modern mathematics that is ideal for second-level teachers, professionals in industry, commerce and public services.  

The programme comprises four modules and takes two years to complete.  Each year, two modules are studied, both delivered in the evening, making the programme attractive to those in full-time employment. The programme is suitable for those who have already studied a significant amount of mathematics, within various disciplines, at third level. Graduates of the programme are eligible to enter the part-time or full-time honours degree programmes in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

(In addition, the School of Mathematical Sciences offers the opportunity to study any of the modules from this programme – and other programmes in the School – as individual Continuing Professional Development certificates.  For more information please contact maev.maguire@dit.ie)

Content

Year 1 consists of two modules:

  • Mathematics Methods 1
  • Numerical Methods 2

Year 2 consists of two modules:

  • Statistics 2
  • Algebra 2

Students may enter Year 1 or Year 2 which are offered on alternate years. (The order in which the two years are completed is not relevant.)  The Year 1 programme is scheduled to run in 2015/2016.

Entry Requirements

  • a Higher Certificate in Mathematics

or

  • a qualification of NFQ level 6 where Mathematics was taken as a major subject for two years,   

or

  • any other such qualification that the Institute may deem equivalent

Examinations

Continuous assessment counts for 30% of the final mark.  Examinations are held at the end of Semester 2.

Progression

Students who have successfully completed the programme are eligible to enter the part-time honours degree programme in Mathematics (DT8248) or stage 4 of the full-time honours degree programmes, Mathematical Sciences or Industrial Mathematics.

Learning Outcomes

On successfully completing the BSc (Ordinary), the learner will:

  • have a good understanding of advanced concepts of Mathematical Methods, Algebra, Statistics and Numerical Methods,
  • be able to apply mathematical theory and techniques to solve a wide range of problems,
  • be able to employ several software packages to model and solve problems in the different areas covered

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of a degree in mathematics are found in all sectors of employment.  It is an extremely flexible qualification and the mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills that are learned are vital for modern roles in commerce, industry, business, the public sector and other professions.   At present, there are a wide range of opportunities for graduates in the ICT and financial sectors but the flexible nature of a mathematics qualification allows graduates to change careers and embark upon new careers in emerging and rapidly growing sectors.  Mathematical skills are also important for upskilling and can enhance career progression in roles that rely on analytical approaches.   Graduates of the programme will also be able to undertake further study in the School of Mathematical Sciences which offers a ladder of qualifications including honours degrees, masters degrees and degrees by research.

Testimonial

" I completed programme DT248 Stage 3 in 2008 and am currently finishing Stage 4 with the view to commencing the M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics programme. I've found my time studying in DIT both personally rewarding and highly useful in my day-to-day teaching. Lecturers are very approachable and supportive of students in meeting the challenges of the set coursework. The schedule of twice-weekly evening lectures and end-of-summer exams is ideally suited to working teachers who would otherwise find it difficult to balance further study with their working commitments. Furthermore, DIT's Kevin Street campus is widely accessible, even in evening traffic, for anyone living or working in the greater Dublin area.

And while the general broadening of one's mathematical knowledge and skills is of benefit to one's teaching, I have found some specific aspects of the course content taught at DIT to be motivators of syllabi changes and extra-curricular activities in my own school; we ran a TY module on using iterative methods in solving systems of linear equations a number of years ago and a winning entry from our school in the 2008 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (on the factors that affect the chances of a racehorse's future success) relied heavily on statistical material covered in the DT248 course. Any teacher interested in further study of Maths will not be disappointed after studying at DIT."

Jim 
Maths teacher