|A||Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20|
The skills thread through the programme is designed to help students integrate into the life of the department and find out what it means to be a mathematician early on in their time at York, and then maintain that idea of being part of the wider community throughout their time with us. The programming in the first part of this module will introduce students, in a mathematical context, to one of the key areas of modern life. In the second half of the module, students will have the opportunity to continue to develop their ability to use and communicate mathematics by doing a project. Those students who wish to continue with more advanced programming topics can do so within this second half, whilst others will be able to explore some other exciting recent advances in mathematics.
·Numerical methods: floating point numbers; roundoff errors; selected approximation algorithms
One lecture on how to prepare a letter of application for a summer internship in an area where mathematics graduates are typically employed (e.g., the financial industry).
Spring and Summer Term
All students complete an individual project. This will be completed as part of
EITHER the Programming pathway OR the Recent Advances in Mathematics pathway
This part of the module will further develop of the communication skills introduced in the skills module in Stage 1. Both pathways specifically address the idea that developing the self-discipline of analysing one's own writing critically is a method for achieving better understanding and therefore greater clarity.
Students taking either pathway will also further develop their ability to produce an accurate and accessible record of their work, reinforcing the principles of clear writing and presentation. For the programming component, this will take the form of technical documentation to accompany their program and a short commentary; for the “recent advances” component, this will be a report produced using the mathematical typesetting program LaTeX.
In addition, all students will be required to take material learnt in one context (a lecture or lab) and use it to produce an extended piece of independent work, which is an essential skill for mathematicians to develop.
Specific content for the programming pathway:
For the recent advances pathway:
Three recent advances in mathematics will be presented in three lots of three lectures. Students on the Recent Advances pathway then choose one of the three topics and are set an extended assignment which will involve completing a mathematical task based on the lecture material and writing a report to explain what they have done, including putting their work into a wider mathematical and/or societal context.
N.B. Since they will address some exciting themes in modern mathematics, the recent advances lectures will be open to all students to attend, whichever pathway they have chosen.
Academic and graduate skills
Letter writing skills will be introduced through a one-hour lecture in week 4 or 5 of Autumn term. The mock letter will be due in Autumn week 7 and assessed by one staff member from a small panel.
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Mock Letter of Application
Programming Assignment I
Programming Assignment II
Project report/Extended Programming Assignment
If a student has a failing module mark, only failed components will be reassessed. Model solutions for programming coursework and projects will be released, so the reassessment tasks are programming examinations in a computer lab, testing the same outcomes. Reassessment of Autumn term and Spring programming pathway should be timetabled to create a 3 hour session for any student requiring reassessment on both components. Re-assessment of the mock letter or of the report (recent advances pathway) to be submitted by the first day of the August resit period.
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Re-assessment: Programming Exam (Autumn)
Re-assessment: Programming or Report
Current Department policy on feedback is available in the undergraduate student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.
This information will be provided at the start of the module.