Mathematics (Penryn)

ECM3903 - Mathematical Sciences Project (2018)

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MODULE TITLEMathematical Sciences Project CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3903 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 5 6 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In this module you will gain hands-on experience of participating in scientific research under the supervision of an expert scientist in your chosen area. You will learn how to design, implement and communicate the results of a self-contained scientific research project and this will give you the opportunity to apply the mathematical and computational skills you have developed over the first two years of your study. There will be a range of potential projects to choose from, spanning the spectrum from theoretical problems to others more focused on the development of specialist computer programmes and packages.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The project consists of a piece of work in an area of your choice within the mathematical sciences. The project will extend your knowledge acquired in formal modules, develop your skills in research and report writing, and engage you with modern scientific developments.

 

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1 Design, plan and execute a research project within the mathematical sciences;
 
2 Work independently and creatively and utilise scientific skills appropriate to the particular area of research;
 
3 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and mastery of the requisite analytical and computational skills;

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4 Appreciate the inter-relationships between this area and other fields of mathematical sciences and evaluate the particular work in their project within that wider context;
 
5 Engage with the applications of mathematics in topical and high impact science;

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

6 Demonstrate Enhanced skills in oral presentation, technical report writing, task management, independent research, problem formulation, use of IT, data interpretation and communication with non-mathematical experts.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The Summer Term of the second year will be used for background reading and planning. You will produce a Research Plan (not exceeding 2 pages) showing evidence of background reading and planning, which will be reviewed at the beginning of term 1 of the final year by the project supervisor(s). Project work will take place in terms 1 and 2 and should normally occupy around 10 hours per week. You will meet with your project supervisor(s) on a regular basis to discuss your progress. You will give a presentation on your progress in the first week of term 2. A draft dissertation is due in week 5 of term 2; final dissertation due in week 10 of term 2. In week 11 of term 2 we will hold a mini-conference where you will present your work to staff and peers.

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 15.00 Guided Independent Study 135.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 11 1-1 Supervision
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 4 4 Milestone meetings
Guided Independent Study 135 Independent work

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Research Plan 1,000 words (or equivalent) 1, 3-5 Oral feedback
Presentation 10 minutes 3-6 Oral Feedback
Draft dissertation 5,000 words (or equivalent) 1-6 Written and oral feedback

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Dissertation 80 5,000 words (or equivalent) 1-6 Written feedback
Presentation 20 15 min presentation incl. 5 min for questions 3-6 Oral feedback

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All Above Dissertation (100%) All Submit by last week August

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment. If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

 

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

To be arranged.

 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 07 May 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 13 December 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mathematical Sciences; Research Project; Dissertation; Presentation.