MA3PRO-Part 3 Project

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Completion of two years of a single or joint honours mathematics degree
Modules excluded: MA3PR Part 3 Project ST3PR Statistics Project MT37A Part 3 Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Patrick Ilg


Summary module description:
This module focuses on independent learning of a mathematical or statistical topic.

The ability to research a new topic independently is a key skill for any mathematician or statistician. This module aims to provide students with the experience of independent research, and to further develop a range of skills required of a modern mathematics and statistics graduate, including written and verbal communication, independent project work and time management.

A list of available mathematics and statistics topics will be distributed to students, from which one will be chosen. Students are expected to then research independently their chosen topic with the goal of learning and synthesising the material, and communicating it to others through a variety of mediums including a written report authored in LaTeX.

In addition to the written project report at the end of the module, students will be required to submit a project plan in the Autumn term and give a presentation in the Spring term.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module the student will have acquired the ability:
• to research independently a mathematical or statistical topic to a depth not previously encountered in their degree programme;
• to report the results of their studies thoroughly, neatly and succinctly, and to discuss and present them to other parties in a variety of media;
• to use the LaTeX typesetting package.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Research Methods - project planning and documenting of work, time management, library & information systems, reading techniques, avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement, referencing, writing a report, producing posters, presentation skills, communicating material to a technical or non-technical audience, critically appraising the work of others. Mathematical content defined by individual projects.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Primarily self-study. Lectures are given on general Research Methods.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 4
Seminars 1
Project Supervision 2 2
Guided independent study 94 93
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 70
Project output other than dissertation 10
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:
One project plan, one presentation and one dissertation.

Formative assessment methods:
Comments are provided on a draft of the dissertation, and feedback is provided on formative presentations.

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:
    Resubmission of the dissertation.

    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: 21 December 2016

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