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MATH3031 Mathematics Project

Module Overview

For students on some degree programmes this Semester 2 project is compulsory; for most students it is optional. The project typically entails a weekly visit to a supervisor who advises and assists the student in the study of a particular topic. A dissertation is then written by the student incorporating the results of studying the topic. The work may involve directed reading of books or original papers in journals and the provision of examples to illustrate particular aspects of a topic. Some topics may also present the opportunity for students to pursue their own investigations, or to undertake practical work using the computer. Each student is required to give a short oral presentation on his/her project work. Students should begin choosing their projects and finding a supervisor before the end of the first semester, as this information will need to be entered on the 'choice of modules' form at the start of semester 2. All MMath students undertake a full year project in the 4th year (see MATH6091/6092). The following members of staff may be consulted about projects in specific areas of mathematics: Dr D I Jones (Applied), Professor C N Potts (OR), Professor G A Jones (Pure), Professor W Liu (Statistics). Students for whom a project is a compulsory part of their degree should also consult their Programme Current Module Co-ordinator about choosing a project. The key areas considered in marking a project include: • breadth and depth of comprehension • development and progress through the topic • clarity of presentation • innovation • use of resources

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Study independently an area which is of particular interest to them • Study a topic not available in lectures • Study a topic in depth • Cultivate a deeper interest in mathematics • Acquire a taste for research • Develop communication skills especially in project writing and oral presentation • Develop critical faculties • Bring an extended piece of work to a successful conclusion • Develop some time management skills • Offer technical material for discussion in job interviews

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to: 1. Study independently an area which is of particular interest to you. 2. Study a topic not available in lectures. 3. Study a topic in depth. 4. Cultivate a deeper interest in mathematics. 5. Acquire a taste for research. 6. Develop communication skills especially in project writing and oral presentation. 7. Develop critical faculties. 8. Bring an extended piece of work to a successful conclusion. 9. Develop some time management skills. 10. Offer technical material for discussion in job interviews.

Syllabus

Not Applicable

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Individual supervision, private study

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Further details on projects can be found on the Undergraduate Projects page, where there is a partial list of topics, together with further guidelines. However, these topics are to be regarded mainly as signposts to possible subject areas, and students are strongly encouraged to seek their own project topic and supervisor through discussions with academic staff.

Other relevant websites and literature references will be included in the UAS handbook given to students and/or placed on Blackboard. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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