Applied Mathematics

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Syllabuses

The syllabus development procedures adopted by the Council are based on the Council's firm belief that there should exist a close relationship between the schools' curriculum and the examinations. Syllabuses are therefore formulated by Panels of subject specialists drawn from those groups responsible for the design and the implementation of curriculum - classroom teachers, members of regional universities and other tertiary institutions and members of curriculum and testing units of Ministries of Education.

During the period of formulation of a syllabus, there is wide-ranging consultation involving teachers, interested organizations and groups in the participating territories. The draft syllabuses are circulated widely for comments. The draft syllabuses and the comments are then considered by a Sub-committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC), the members of which represent the teaching profession, the Ministries of Education and regional universities. The revised draft is then submitted to the School Examinations Committee (SEC) for its consideration and approval. Finally, the recommended syllabuses are submitted to the Council for its consideration and approval.

Syllabus Statement

The syllabus statement is set out in terms of general objectives and specific objectives, the latter indicating the knowledge and skills to be tested and reported as profiles. Also included in the statement is the format of the examination. Syllabuses in which there is a School-Based Assessment (SBA) component include a Teacher's Guide which identifies the demands and sets out in detail, the procedures for assessment.

Ordering Syllabuses and Resource Materials

Syllabuses and resource materials for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are available for sale from the CXC Offices in Jamaica and Barbados. The materials can be requested by completing the order forms (CAPE, CSEC) and sending it to the Jamaica Office. The total cost which would include shipping and handling would be sent to you by mail or courier. On receipt of a bank draft from you, the materials would be despatched by courier or post. Please note, discounts are given for bulk purchases.

Resource material and syllabuses are also available at the following locations:

The Map Shop
St John’s
Antigua

Grenada’s Teachers’ School Supplies
St Georges
Grenada

NATO’s Bookstore
Castries
St Lucia

St. Vincent Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union Ltd Bookstore
Kingstown
St Vincent

Austin’s Book Services
190 Church Street
Cummingsburg
Georgetown
Guyana

Pages Bookstore
Main and Bacclet Street
Scarborough
Tobago

Applied Mathematics Unit 1

Module 1:         Collecting and Describing Data

Module 2:         Managing Uncertainty

Module 3:         Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Applied Mathematics Unit 2

Module 1:         Discrete Mathematics

Module 2:         Probability and Distributions

Module 3:         Particle Mechanics

The main emphasis of the applied course is on developing the ability of the students to start with a problem in non-mathematical form and transform it into mathematical language.  This will enable them to bring mathematical insights and skills in devising a solution, and then interpreting this solution in real-world terms.

Students accomplish this by exploring problems using symbolic, graphical, numerical, physical and verbal techniques in the context of finite or discrete real-world situations.  Furthermore, students engage in mathematical thinking and modelling to examine and solve problems arising from a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, economics, medicine, agriculture, marine science, law, transportation, engineering, banking, natural sciences, social sciences and computing.

The syllabus is divided into two (2) Units. Each Unit comprises three (3) Modules.

Unit 1: Statistical Analysis

Module 1          -           Collecting and Describing Data

Module 2          -           Managing Uncertainty

Module 3          -           Analysing and Interpreting Data

Unit 2: Mathematical Applications

Module 1          -           Discrete Mathematics

Module 2          -           Probability and Distributions

Module 3          -           Particle Mechanics