School of Computing and Mathematics

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2020/21 Last Updated: 25 February 2021

MAT-30043 - Project (30 credits)

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This module is an opportunity for students to explore in depth a particular topic or problem in mathematics. Each student is supervised by a member of staff throughout the execution of the project. The project will require engagement with appropriate mathematics literature. If relevant, students may need to perform some computational work utilising specialised mathematics packages.

This module aims¿ to provide students with an opportunity to study a particular topic or problem in mathematics in depth and to report on it in a variety of forms. Specifically, this module aims:

1) To further develop students¿ abilities to analyse mathematics literature.

2) To develop skills in using research materials necessary for interpreting and evaluating mathematics.

3) To develop students¿ ability to investigate a problem in depth over an extended period and produce reports thereon.

4) To develop students¿ ability to communicate mathematical results to audiences using a variety of different communication methods, for example, academic posters.

5) To produce a final-year dissertation.

1) To further develop students¿ abilities to analyse mathematics literature.

2) To develop skills in using research materials necessary for interpreting and evaluating mathematics.

3) To develop students¿ ability to investigate a problem in depth over an extended period and produce reports thereon.

4) To develop students¿ ability to communicate mathematical results to audiences using a variety of different communication methods, for example, academic posters.

5) To produce a final-year dissertation.

evaluate a range of mathematical techniques to solve mathematical problems: 1,2

communicate mathematical results to an academic audience in written and oral form: 1,2,3

appraise a range of potentially conflicting information and synthesise this into a professional mathematical dissertation: 1

synthesise a range of literature, then present this information in written form: 3

communicate mathematical results to an academic audience in written and oral form: 1,2,3

appraise a range of potentially conflicting information and synthesise this into a professional mathematical dissertation: 1

synthesise a range of literature, then present this information in written form: 3

Compulsory supervisions with project supervisor: 10 hours.

Independent study and research, preparation of literature review, poster and final dissertation:¿ 290 hours.

Independent study and research, preparation of literature review, poster and final dissertation:¿ 290 hours.

Barred combination: MAT-30016 Project II.

General aptitude (assessed by a formal interview and/or recommendations from their personal tutor, year tutors and/or programme director).

General aptitude (assessed by a formal interview and/or recommendations from their personal tutor, year tutors and/or programme director).

Dissertation

Comprehensive report on the mathematical analysis carried out in the project. The length of the dissertation will normally be approximately 30 pages. Formatting guidelines will be provided.

Poster Presentation

A professionally produced academic poster in the style presented at conferences. The poster is presented to an academic audience. Students will be questioned on their poster.

Review of relevant literature

Comprehensive and detailed review of literature in the chosen topic area. The length of the review is normally five pages. Formatting guidelines will be provided.