MAT-10049 - Investigations and Problem Solving
Coordinator: Michael Nieves Tel: +44 1782 7 34779
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2021/22

This module is designed to aid the transition from A Level Mathematics (or equivalent) to degree level mathematics.
At A Level, students are presented with highly structured questions having been taught the specific processes required to solve them. In this module, students will be presented with unfamiliar and less structured problems which may be open to several different approaches.
The module enhances students' employability skills through teamwork on a project and the opportunity to reflect and articulate their strengths and weaknesses.

Aims
The first aim of this module is to develop students' problem solving abilities that are essential to success in a single-honours mathematics degree, but that are not developed at Level 3. Specifically, students' ability to solve unfamiliar and less structured problems which may be open to several different approaches.
The second aim of this module is to develop students' employability skills in key areas such as presentations, working in a team and computer literacy, providing students with key elements of their journey through their degree programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1,2
1,2
create strategies to solve problems, presenting solutions to meet short deadlines: communicate, in an appropriate form, mathematical results to a variety of audiences: 1,2
demonstrate their team working, communication and organisational skills: 2
make judgements and evaluate different approaches to solving problems:

Study hours

96 hours classes, including: lectures, group work, computer labs., tutorials and coursework preparation. The numbers of lectures and classes will vary from week to week.
24 hours exercise preparation.
180 hours private study.

School Rules

A Level Mathematics (or equivalent)

Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 40%
Four mathematical assignments.
Four equally weighted assignments, three done in the first semester and one in the second semester. The assignments require the solution of unstructured mathematical problems and the presentation of a formal written solution produced using a suitable computer package. The assignments cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the module. An unseen problem requires a suitable computer-based analysis before the final solution is presented as a formal written solution produced using a suitable computer package. Each assignment's length will not exceed two sides of A4, not including appendices, but including figures and tables. Formatting guides will be provided.

2: Group Project weighted 60%
Two group projects.
There will be two equally weighted group projects which will be done in the second semester. Project one (50%) a poster and five-minute video presentation; project two (50%) a group presentation. Project one and two's duration will be three weeks each. The report's length will not exceed eight sides of A4, not including appendices, but including figures and tables. Formatting guides will be provided. The presentation's length will not exceed ten minutes, not including questions.