The Department of Mathematics and Computing Science (MCS) aims to provide the workforce of Papua New Guinea with professionals who are competent to apply mathematical and computing techniques and engage in research in mathematics and computing science. The demand for computer-literate mathematicians continues to grow as technology advances. Whether it is making a mobile phone secure, understanding the behavior of complex software, or designing a super-fast algorithm, mathematics is the key. Mathematics is also being used in medicine, for example in the analysis of brain scans; and in anthropology, in the study of social relationships; to name just a couple of examples. Mathematics is becoming increasingly useful in all facets of life. This Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science program aims to give a solid grounding in the methods of modern applicable mathematics with a particular emphasis on applications in computing, including mobile phone technology.
The MCS Department’s academic program is intended to cater for the interests of those people who would like to specialize in pure mathematics and its applications to computing science. The computing units emphasize the use of mathematics in several areas of computing, especially in the area of software design and data analysis and data and network security. Graduates of the program will be competent to apply mathematical and computing techniques in the work force and engage in research in mathematics and computing science. Graduates have the attributes to be competent in mathematics and computing, effective and articulate in interpersonal and public communication using both oral and written genres, aware of the ethical and social implications and imperatives of their work and aware of the ideal of personal integrity in all aspects of professional life.