Mathematics (MATH) 366

Complex Variables I (Revision 1)

MATH 366 course cover

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: MATH 365 or an equivalent course from another institution.

Centre: Centre for Science

MATH 366 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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MATH 366 is an introductory complex variable course covering complex numbers, complex variables function, continuity, limits, derivatives, transcendental functions, integration on the complex plane, infinite series with complex variables, and the residue theorem with some of its applications.


  • Unit 1: Complex Numbers
  • Unit 2: The Complex Function and Its Derivative
  • Unit 3: The Basic Transcendental Functions
  • Unit 4: Integration in the Complex Plane
  • Unit 5: Infinite Series Involving a Complex Variable
  • Unit 6: Residues and Their Use in Integration


To receive credit for MATH 366, you must submit all of the course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. You must also achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on each examination, and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 per cent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Examination 1 20%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 15%
Examination 2 25%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Wunsch, A. David Wunsch. Complex Variables with Applications. 3d ed. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. 2005.

Other materials

The course materials include a study guide and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MATH 366 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on both parts.

Part 1: Exam Part 2: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, March 16, 2010.