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2008/09 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MATH5082M Assignment in Pure Mathematics

35 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr K. Houston

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

Year running 2008/09

This module is mutually exclusive with

MATH3082Project in Pure Mathematics 1
MATH3083Project in Pure Mathematics 2
MATH3422Project in Applied Mathematics
MATH3752Project in Statistics 1
MATH3753Project in Statistics 2
MATH5422MAssignment in Applied Mathematics
MATH5812MAssignment in Statistics

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students must consult the project co-ordinator before choosing this module, by the end of the first week of Semester 1 at the latest.


To make an extended investigation of an advanced topic in Pure Mathematics through independent study under the supervision of a member of staff. On completion of this module, students should be able to:

a) search independently through various sources; link together various expositions of the topic;
b) produce a critical assessment of the sources;
c) produce a report and describe its contents orally.


The assignment is suitable for students wishing to specialise in Pure Mathematics. The student may choose an assignment suggested by the department, or put forward their own suggested topic for approval. A supervisor will be allocated to oversee the details of the assignment work.

1. Choice of topic. Each student will be allocated to a supervisor who will be responsible for the detailed description of the assignment. The material may be available in textbooks, although the development of the topic will preferably not follow any one textbook completely. At least one or two original sources (research papers) should be consulted and cited. Typically the topic will be one not covered by a current lecture course.

2. Supervision. The supervisor will provide the student with a fairly detailed outline of the contents of the topic, including names or brief descriptions of the main concepts. This will be given in writing to the student and a copy retained by the supervisor. The student will be able to consult the supervisor in case of difficulty. The supervisor may suggest examples for the students to attempt, or modifications of the original assignment.

3. Student's work. The student will be required to draw up their own detailed notes on the topic, profusely illustrated with examples. The notes may resemble those collected on a lecture course, or be written in the form of a review article. More than one source should be used, but the material should be rewritten in the student's own words.

4. Assessment. At the end of the assignment, the student's report, together with the comments of the supervisor, will all be collected together for the final assessment and grading. The report must be handed in by the end of week 10 of the second semester. There will be a brief oral presentation given by the student to the supervisor and an internal assessor, followed by some questions. This will be used as part of the final grade. The assessment will take into account how much of the original assignment was eventually covered, the nature and number of corrections that had to be made, and the understanding of the material covered. The assignment 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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours335.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)350.00

Private study

Directed reading

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentReport submitted by week 10 of semester 2, and oral assessment during the semester 2 examination period100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/04/2009


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