Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module gives the opportunity to further develop skills of mathematical problem solving and application of mathematical results to real-world scenarios through group work activities. This aims to develop skills that are needed when undertaking employment or research, such as working in-depth on a problem over an extended period, writing reports, communicating mathematical results to different audiences and working in collaboration with others. This module will provide employability skills experiences and develop students┐ ability to articulate their skills, which will be useful to draw on when applying for jobs.
The module's first aim is to further develop students┐ problem-solving abilities and ability to select techniques and apply mathematical knowledge to authentic work-style situations. Specifically, within this aim, the module aims:(i) to develop students┐ ability to solve a problem in depth over an extended period and produce reports;(ii) to develop students┐ ability to communicate mathematical results to audiences of differing technical ability, including other mathematicians, business clients and the general public;(iii) to develop an appreciation of how groups operate, different roles in group work, and the different skills required to successfully operate as a team;(iv) to develop their professionalism.The second aim of this module is to develop students' employability skills in key areas such as writing CVs and covering letters, online testing and public speaking.
Intended Learning Outcomes
analyse problems arising from real-world phenomena and apply appropriate mathematical techniques and knowledge to formulate solutions: 2communicate mathematical results in a variety of formats and to audiences of differing technical ability: 2identify and articulate the employability skills they have developed during their degree: 2develop a piece of in depth work over an extended period of time, and create a report on the outcome:
36 hours classes. The balance between these activities will vary from week to week, including presentations, group work and individual activities.15 hours individual exercise preparation.30 hours working in groups outside classes.69 hours private study.
Level 5 Mathematics or equivalent.
1: Portfolio weighted 10%
Description of Module Assessment
A short portfolio of employability skillsThe portfolio consists of a series of elements. Following completion of a formative skills audit.
1) Students create a CV suitable for a graduate scheme application.
2) Students complete a "mock" graduate scheme application, including competency-based questions.
The total length of the portfolio is equivalent to 1000 words.2: Reflective Diary weighted 20%
Two reflective pieces.Two short reflective pieces. The first piece covers public speaking and the second stress management. The word length of each piece is approximately 500 words.3: Group Project weighted 70%
Approximately three group projects spread across the semesterThere will be three group projects.
Group project 1 (10%) focuses on real-time group problem solving and emulates a graduate assessment centre task. Groups receive a problem and within an approximate three-hour time period must solve the problem, create a presentation and then present their solution to the class.
Group project 2 (25%) focuses on a graduate-level business task that they complete in three weeks. The groups must communicate the results to audiences of different technical ability via a report and presentation. The group's report will not exceed ten sides of A4, not including appendices, but including figures and tables. A separate appendix must include an initial project plan, record of collective decision making via minutes of meetings, and reflection on individual contribution. Formatting guides will be provided. The presentation's length will not exceed ten minutes, not including questions.
Group project 3 (35%) focuses on teams bidding for a "contract". To bid for this contract, each teams must demonstrate their suitability by completing a five-week long task. The output of this task is a tending document and presentation suitable for their business client. The group's tender document will not exceed ten sides of A4, not including appendices, but including figures and tables. A separate appendix must include an initial project plan, record of collective decision making via minutes of meetings, and reflection on individual contribution. Formatting guides will be provided. The presentation's length will not exceed ten minutes, not including questions.
Through out the group projects Individual contributions to group work will be assessed using tutor-moderated self- and peer-assessment.