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MATH3087 Maths and your Future

Module Overview

Maths in your Future will help you prepare for what comes after you graduate. You will apply your mathematical skills to an employer-raised problem and, in parallel, develop your professional skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module has been designed to enable you to apply your mathematical learning to a current issue or problem. Where possible, this will be provided by a local or national employer. You will be working in small teams throughout the module to analyse data and other contextual information, drawing conclusions from this data and information, to make recommendations for action. Teams will be presenting their work to the employer by producing a group report and delivering a group presentation. Additionally, the module will assist you in developing some key employability and professional development skills, most notably: the opportunity to reflect upon your personality and skills that you most enjoy using, as well as your preferred learning styles; encouraging you to consider how these link to your ability to work effectively as a member of a team; and finally, learning and developing practical skills, including presentational skills, report writing skills and CV writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and Understanding Having successfully completed this module, you should be able to: • Critically analyse employer provided data and information, through selecting and using appropriate mathematical principles and learning; • Justify your key conclusions and recommendations derived from that information and data; • Demonstrate your ability to work effectively as a member of a team; • Reflect upon your skills development, personality and team preferences and state how these contributed towards your team’s objective;
  • Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills Having successfully completed this module, you should be able to: • Demonstrate your increased commercial awareness; • Apply your mathematical skills to address a commercial need, via an employer defined brief;
  • Transferable and Generic Skills Having successfully completed this module, you should have developed your: • Report writing skills; • Analytical skills; • Presentation skills; • Problem solving skills; • Team work skills.

Syllabus

A. Core Employability skills There will be approximately 12 sessions based on core skills/knowledge. We will cover topics like: • What are you looking for in a career? • What are employers looking for? • What can you do with your degree? • Maths in the workplace (panel of experts) • Commercial awareness • Networking • Finding out about the world of work – speed informational interviews • Practical (CVs/applications/interviews) • Teamwork • Work skills (juggling work/study) • Business Games • Group project, e.g. using data in a business context • Communicating technical knowledge to a non-specialist audience (e.g. school students) Over the course of the semester students will: develop their personal employment portfolio (including: CV, cover letter, skills assessment, sector research etc.); complete a group project (including a presentation and self/group assessment); write an essay on a technical subject; apply and interview for a job; develop their presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to work towards a tangible outcome, e.g. applying for work experience (shadowing) or for a job. B. Investigating maths in the workplace Students will investigate and evaluate careers options and analyze its suitability via: critically assessing their suitability (or not) relating to that career. Students will be required to investigate applications/importance of mathematics to the wider population and communicate their findings to technical and non-technical audiences. A large part of the semester will be based around mathematics via the group project where students will investigate a current issue.

Special Features

This module will: • Foster and develop professional networks through use of alumni and employer forums • Engage employers in the curriculum • Develop the knowledge of employers of the work of students

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops, group and individual study. We will bring in speakers from industry who can discuss “mathematics in the workplace” and what new graduates can expect to do within that sector. Speakers will be encouraged to explain the skill sets required/desired within their company. We aim to encourage alumni to share their experiences and advice as well.

TypeHours
Teaching54
Independent Study96
Total study time150

Assessment

Formative

Group presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 30%
Group presentation 10%
Group project 40%
Short essay /assignment 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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