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MATH2900 Maths at Work

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Margit Messmer

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Willingness to work in a team.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CSER1021Career Planning
CSER2201Career Development 2
LUBS2020From Study to Work

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In the first part of the module, students will take part in a series of career planning workshops on topics such as CV writing, job applications, and interviews. Students will be able to appraise their own skills and be able to plan for future job application processes.In the second part of the module students will complete a group-based project. Project titles will be drawn from a range of commercial, industrial, educational, social, or academic (research) projects, to reflect a range of career options that are available to mathematicians. Students will evaluate and develop their professional skills through engaging in a group project, culminating in a written mathematical report, an oral presentation and other outputs such as a report for a client, a piece of software, webpage, or similar, depending on the nature of the project. All students will be expected to make equivalent contributions to the group effort. There will be workshops on ethical topics such as team working, and ethics in the work place. Students will be evaluated on their outputs, presentations, on their ability to work professionally and as a team, and on their ability to reflect on ethical issues.


Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:

- Have a better understanding of the career pathways available to mathematicians, and where mathematics may be used in a professional/commercial environment.
- Evaluate their current transferrable skills and make a plan to develop them further.
- Be prepared for the job application process.
- Use knowledge of mathematics to deliver a project based on an “industrial/business problem”.
- Work as part of a team to deliver a project.
- Evaluate their effectiveness as a team player.
- Write a technical/mathematical report on the mathematics used in the project.
- Make a presentation that is suitable for a variety of audiences.
- Reflect on ethical issues related to a specific topic.


Workshops on CV writing, job applications, job interviews, online testing, meeting employers.

Presentations by employers.

Workshop on managing projects, team working, ethics in the work place.

Project work.

Presentations (including practice session).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

CV writing, reflective assignment: 20 hours
Group project work: 30 hours
Presentation and reports preparation/writing: 26 hour

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback through CV seminar, and interactive workshops.
Feedback from project supervisor on progress report, and interim project report.
Feedback on practice presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project*75.00
Written WorkCV and reflective assignment25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If the module is failed, new versions of the CV, reflective assignment, and the project outputs can be submitted for assessment

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:54:41


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