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MATH6145 Presenting Reports

Module Overview

This is a self-study module that aims to develop the skills required for researching, writing and presenting a report on some aspect of Operational Research

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This is a self-study module that aims to develop the skills required for researching, writing and presenting a report in Operational Research.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Search for information about a particular topic in the academic literature
  • Understand how to structure a report on a technical topic
  • Give a presentation on a technical topic


Students undertake a literature study on a topic in OR of their own choice. They are required to produce a written report and to give a short oral presentation of their work. Lectures are given on the following topics: • How to write an OR report • How to give an OR presentation • Library skills

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This is a self-study module; therefore, the majority of work will be carried out by students independently. In addition, students will be given 6 hours of lectures.

Independent Study69
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Word processing package; access to a wide range of journals in the library. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 25%
Written report 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Course texts are provided by the library and there are no additional compulsory costs associated with the module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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