MAT-10049 - Investigations and Problem Solving
Coordinator: Shailesh Naire Room: MAC2.19 Tel: +44 1782 7 33268
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20


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 Keele Journey, in particular, elements of the Keele University Skills Portfolio.

Intended Learning Outcomes

make judgements and evaluate different approaches to solving problems: communicate, in an appropriate form, mathematical results to a variety of audiences
: 2,3,4
communicate, in an appropriate form, mathematical results to a variety of audiences
: enhance their team working, communication and organisational skills: 1,3
enhance their team working, communication and organisational skills: create strategies to solve problems, presenting solutions to meet short deadlines: 4
articulate and reflect on their personal skills, including strengths and weaknesses: articulate and reflect on their personal skills, including strengths and weaknesses: 1
make judgements and evaluate different approaches to solving problems: make judgements and evaluate different approaches to solving problems: 2,3,4

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.
178 hours private study.
2 hours class test.

School Rules

A Level Mathematics (or equivalent)

Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Diary weighted 20%
A set of short reflective diary entries.
A set of ten short structured entries completed over both semesters that, when combined, form a reflective diary. The entries are structured to develop the ability to articulate and reflect on personal skills developed over the course of the module. The combined total of all entries will be equivalent to approximately 1000 words.

2: Assignment weighted 20%
Two mathematical assignments.
Two equally weighted assignments, one taken in each semester. The first assignment requires the solution of an unstructured mathematical problems and the presentation of a formal written solution produced using a suitable computer package. The second assignment covers 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.

3: Group Project weighted 40%
Three group projects.
There will be three group projects. Project one (30%) will require a group report; project two (35%) a poster and five-minute video presentation; project three (35%) a group presentation. Project one duration will be two weeks, project two and three's duration will be three weeks. 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.

4: Class Test weighted 20%
A class test
An 80 minute class test. Students are provided with a selection of unstructured and unseen problems. Student should completely solve one problem, providing a formal written solution to their selected problem.