MAS301 Group Project

Semester 1, 2017/18 10 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Eun-jin Kim Home page (also MOLE) Timetable
Aims Teaching Methods Assessment

This unit will provide students with opportunities to improve their transferable skills by working in groups of (normally) four students to investigate a mathematical project topic. It is suggested that students register for MAS301 in pre-formed groups, although this is not obligatory. With the aid of the Library and the internet each group will produce a (single) written account of the group's investigations into the topic, and contribute to an oral presentation of their work. Topics will be proposed by members of staff, but groups may propose their own. The module coordinator will provide guidance about working in groups, and on appropriate techniques for the written and oral presentation of mathematical topics.

Prerequisites: MAS211 (Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra)
Not with: MAS360 (Practical and Applied Statistics); MAS400 (Project Presentation in Mathematics and Statistics)
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.




Aims

  • To provide opportunities for students to improve their transferable skills
  • To provide an opportunity for students to gain experience of working in small groups
  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop their information retrieval skills
  • To provide an opportunity for students to improve their ability to construct a joint, written report that demonstrates their understanding of an advanced mathematical topic
  • To provide an opportunity for students to enhance their skills in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations

Teaching methods

  • Students will be expected to register for MAS301 in pre-formed groups of four.
  • There will be a MAS301 Organizational Meeting in Week 1.
  • Groups will choose a topic (from a list of proposals put forward by members of staff in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, or possibly one of their own), and will be asked to investigate it; they will be given a list of pointers and tasks to guide their investigations, and some references. They will be encouraged to use the internet and the Library to find other references.
  • Groups will be permitted to propose their own projects, subject to their giving sufficient details, approval by the MAS301 Coordinator, the School being able to provide appropriate supervision, and the requirement that each group's choice of project be finalized by the end of the MAS301 Organizational Meeting in Week 1.
  • During the organizational meeting, the MAS301 Coordinator will provide guidance about working in groups, originality, plagiarism and proper citation, aspects of writing mathematics, written presentation, and oral presentations.
  • Each MAS301 group will meet its supervisor for about 30 minutes in Weeks 3, 6 and 9 of Semester 1, for advice and guidance.
  • Each group will be required to submit an early sample (of some material that might be included in the group's eventual project) to its supervisor by the end of Week 5. The supervisor will provide feedback to the group at the meeting in Week 6.
  • Written report will be submitted during week 11, and the presentation will be scheduled for week 12.


1 lectures, no tutorials

Assessment

Written group project dissertation (6,000 - 7,500 words) [65%].

25-minute Oral group presentation [25%].
Individual's contribution to work of group [10%].

Timetable

Thu 11:00 - 11:50 lecture   Hicks Lecture Theatre C