Welcome
to the school of Mathematics, Statistics and Information Technology
COURSES Information
for potential and current students, regarding programmes and modules offered within the discipline.
POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES Links to each disciplines page regarding information for
potential Honours, Masters and Phd students
RESEARCH Our research
activities with links to each disciplines research
page
COLLOQUIA Future and past seminars by visiting
academics & staff
STAFF A listing of our current staff members with hyperlinks to their homepages.
MISSION Our mission statement
VACANCIES Advertisements for vacant posts within the
school
SCHOOL NEWS News on Conferences, Workshops, Visiting Academics, Achievements, Sabbatical
Leave and other items of interest.


The
school is comprised of the following disciplines:
Mathematics
 Statistics  Computer Science
 Information Systems
Programmes
are offered in the above disciplines as well as the following:

Mathematics:
 Applied
Maths
Any application of mathematical techniques to solve a problem in the
real world falls within the province of Applied Mathematics. Problems
vary from very simple to extremely complex  from working out the petrol
consumption rate of a car to calculating the flight path of a spaceship
from the earth to the moon.
Traditionally,
at University level, Applied Mathematics concentrated on problems
in Physics and Engineering. However as the availability of computers
became more widespread, Applied Mathematics became increasingly involved
with problems in many other disciplines. For example, at the University
of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), Applied Mathematicians have worked on
problems in ecology, agriculture, economics and sociology.
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 Pure
Maths
Historically, Mathematics arises out of a human need to develop general
techniques for solving practical problems. For this reason, highschool
pupils are exposed largely to the kind of mathematics that lends itself
to application in physics, elementary statistics, biology, engineering,
computer science and other disciplines
Over
the last 300 years, however, it has become clear that mathematics
is an important subject in its own right, and not just a slave to
other disciplines. Scientists have become aware that in order to develop
powerful problemsolving tools, one needs quite ‘abstract’
mathematics; a body of pure mathematics is required which can be studied
independently of physics, biology and other userdisciplines.
Pure
and Applied Mathematics are therefore offered as different subjects,
although there is much interdependence between them and each serves
as an inspiration to the other.
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Statistics & Biometry:
 Statistics
A student wishing to major in Statistics should have a good pass in
Matric Mathematics, preferably on higher grade. There are two Statistics
programmmes on offer at the University of KwaZuluNatal, Pietermaritzburg. One
within the Mathematical Sciences programme and the other in the BSc.
General programme.
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 Biometry
Biometry is offered as an honours degree in the Faculty of Science and
Agriculture. Candidates will be admitted to this course only if they
have demonstrated a sufficiently high standard of proficiency in their
undergraduate courses.
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Computer Science
 Computer Science is concerned with the study of problem solving with
computers.
It is a field that tries to deal with questions like:
 How can we use computers to solve certain
problems?
 What makes some problem solutions better than
others?
 How do we verify that we have a correct
solution to a problem?
 What problems can and can't be solved by a computer?
Problems that we'd like to solve using computers come in various shapes and sizes,
from developing a simple calculator to interacting with a webserver on
the other side of the world. To instruct a computer to solve a problem
we must program a solution using a programming language like C++, Java,
Visual Basic or Perl. Learning how to program effectively takes time and
dedication and will be a major part of what you learn in Computer Science.
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Information Systems
 It is well known that larger businesses today
need to run along scientific lines to maintain their competitive edge.
The computer is the only tool that can give effect to this; therefore
the lucrative field of Business Information Systems has come into
existence. In short, BIS is the study of how to effectively use
computers to manage business systems, how to develop organisational
information systems and how to use them better in organisations and
society. This may include anything from the payroll, to sophisticated
management information systems, to sales and marketing over the
Internet.
BIS is a young, exciting, dynamic and everevolving field. There are constantly
new advancements in this field, most recently in the area of ecommerce
where businesses are moving towards a global economy.
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