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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH3422 Project in Applied Mathematics

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06


At least 45 credits in MATH modules as prerequisites or corequisites; and which must include at least 25 credits from Level 3 applied mathematics modules. Student must consult with the project Co-ordinator in Applied mathematics before choosing this module.

This module is approved as an Elective


To introduce the student to the methods of independent study applied to a particular topic, use of resources and writing of reports. By the end of this module the student should be able to: (a) search independently through various sources ; (b) link together explanations of the topic; (c) write a detailed report on their chosen topic; (d) describe orally the contents of their report.


This is an opportunity for a student to study a topic, outside the usual lecture format, by writing his/her own notes extracted from several sources. The student will be monitored by a supervisor, who will periodically set problems and discuss the progress of the work. Assessment will be based on the collection of notes and examples submitted at the end of the period together with the tutors comments, and the oral assessment. 1. Choice of topic. Each student will be allocated to a supervisor who will be responsible for the detailed description of the project. The material will usually be available in textbooks, although the development of the topic will preferably not follow any one textbook completely. Up to five students will be allocated to the same supervisor, and will work on similar topics. 2. Supervision. The supervisor will provide the students with an outline of the contents of the topic. This will be given in writing to the student and a copy retained by the supervisor. Students will be able to consult the supervisor in case of difficulty, but normally supervision will take place as a group. The supervisor may suggest examples for the students to attempt, or modifications of the original project. As many as possible of the supervisor's comments, questions and suggestions will be given to the student in writing and a copy retained by the supervisor. 3. Student's work. Students may work together on some parts of a project but each student must keep their own detailed notes, and the written report and oral presentation must be the individual students own work. Some material may be taken from textbooks but the student should express it in his /her own words. 4. Assessment. At the end of the project each student's notes and examples, together with the comments of the supervisor will all be collected together for the final assessment and grading. The work must be handed in by the end of week 7 of Semester 2. There will be a brief oral presentation given by each student to the supervisor and an internal assessor, followed by some questions. This will take place during the exam period and will be used as part of the final grade. The assessment will take into account how much of the original project was eventually covered, and the understanding demonstrated by the student. It is not to be expected that there will be no mistakes or inconsistencies. The project grading will be done by the supervisor in consultation with an independent assessor. The final assessment and grading will be studied by the external examiner.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Tutorials: 8 hours. Directed reading.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

A report submitted by week 7 of Semester 2, and oral assessment during the examination period (100%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/07/2007


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