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2008/09 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MATH5422M Assignment in Applied Mathematics

35 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor A.P. Fordy

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
MATH5082MAssignment in Pure Maths
MATH5812MAssignment in Statistics

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students must contact the module manager before the end of week 1 of Semester 1, at the latest.


An extended study of an advanced topic in applied mathematics through independent study under the supervision of a member of staff. On completion of this module, the student should be able to:
(a) search independently through various sources;
(b) link together explanations of the topic from different sources;
(c) produce a critical assessment of the sources;
(d) write a detailed report on their chosen topic;
(e) describe orally the contents of their report.


The assignment is suitable for students wishing to specialise in Applied Mathematics. A supervisor will be allocated by the department to oversee the details of the work.
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.
2. Supervision. The supervisor will provide the students with a fairly detailed outline of the contents of the topic, including names or a brief description of the main concepts. 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. 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. : The student will be required to draw up their own detailed notes on the topic, profusely illustrated with examples. The report may be written in the form of a review article or may resemble notes collected on a lecture course. Material should be taken from more than one source, but should be written up in the students 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 10 of semester two. There will be an oral presentation given by each 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 project was eventually covered, and the understanding demonstrated by the student. 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

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 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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