About the Department
We have a reputation as one of Australia's most progressive teaching departments in the mathematical and statistical sciences – a place where students actively learn in an informal environment.
We regularly receive excellent responses in national course experience questionnaires administered by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.
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Our unique approach
Less listening, more doing
La Trobe students spend between 40% and 60% of class time practising mathematics as compared to the norm of 20%. This approach means that students get to practice under academic supervision and have greater access to staff.
Typical first-year single semester mathematics subject
|La Trobe||Other Australian universities|
|2 x lectures||4 x lectures|
|2 x practice classes||1 x tutorial or practice class|
|1 x lecture workshop|
A distinctive practice class program
Our students work in dedicated practice class rooms while demonstrators move around the class answering questions and offering advice.
In second year, students have the opportunity to take 'blackboard practice classes', which La Trobe Mathematics is famous for. In these very popular classes, students work at the blackboard in groups of two or three while a staff member circulates around the class offering advice where needed.
Tailor-made teaching materials
We provide students with lecture notes completely integrated with teaching materials for practice classes. This allows us to decrease the number of lectures and increase the number of hands-on classes. Our teaching materials also include the research results of our own staff members.
One of our underlying principles is that lecturing staff must be involved in all aspects of our teaching program, which means our research informs our teaching. For example, academics delivering lectures in a first-year subject must supervise at least one pair of practice classes each week.