MA2PSM-Professional Skills for Mathematicians

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: MA1CA Calculus MA1LA Linear Algebra
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MA2DE Differential Equations
Modules excluded: MA2GS General Skills
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Ben Cosh


Summary module description:
This module focuses on the development of professional/transferable skills.

To improve the students' professional skills (team-working, presentation skills, career management skills, verbal and written communication, especially communication of mathematics).

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students are expected to be able:

• Create and deliver oral presentations and written reports involving mathematical content;

• Engage with and assimilate appropriate technical sources;

• Give constructive feedback;

• Work effectively in teams;

• Assess their own career capabilities;

• Write (and be able to evaluate) an effective CV and job application;

• Recognise, write and talk about their transferable skills.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module will focus on the following areas and topics:

• Presentation skills;

• Communication of mathematical topics to others, both written and orally;

• Team-working;

• Giving constructive feedback;

• Careers management skills.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, enhanced by self-study and peer-group learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 3
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 84
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Career related assessment includes written and video assignments. Presentations are based on mathematical content suited for a more general audience.  Written report is based on more technical mathematical content.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Submission of two pieces of coursework in August / September: One careers assignment and one presentation.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 24 July 2017

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