develop the ability to carry out an extensive investigation of a mathematical topic of choice, and to present a clear account of the findings;
prepare for the Final Year project;
develop group working skills;
learn how to write mathematics in a clear and concise way, using established conventions;
write a mathematical report using the scientific typesetting program LaTeX;
prepare a poster, and present it at a poster session.
Module learning outcomes
During this module you will be given the opportunity to:
acquire mathematical expertise independently and as part of a small group, making use of available mathematical literature as a stimulus;
within a group setting, collaborate in order to produce a coherent piece of written mathematics. Skills include being able to:
synthesise mathematical information from a number of different sources;
critically evaluate mathematics encountered in the existing literature;
create a synopsis of mathematics learned over an extended period;
communicate mathematics clearly and concisely in a written narrative;
work effectively in a group, establishing clear communication channels, roles and responsibilities within the group and working together to resolve problems collaboratively;
fluently use LaTeX, developing collaborative editing skills in order to produce a report as part of a team.
individually, create a poster on the project topic to present at a poster session. Skills include being able to:
decide on appropriate material for the format;
use a computer graphics package to prepare a mathematical poster;
present the poster to other mathematicians at a poster session, explaining the mathematical content, its context and relevance to the wider subject and the world beyond mathematics.
Being able to work effectively in a group is an essential part of many walks of life, and this is often true for those engaged in high-level mathematical research. The idea of the mathematician engaged in a lonely struggle for truth does not reflect the reality of research life for many professional mathematicians. It is also largely the case that the sorts of jobs which our graduates tend to go on to involve some group work: mathematicians tend to be employed as parts of a team, and need to develop communication and group working skills to make best use of the expertise and specialist knowledge they have acquired in their degrees.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Group Project Report (Individual)
Essay/coursework Group Project Report (Whole Group)
Assignments graded and returned in Autumn. Supervision meetings to give feedback on progress towards the final report. Report and Poster graded in Summer and final module marked released in week 10 of Summer.
Simon Eveson, An Introduction to Mathematical Document Production using AMS-LaTeX.
Other texts will vary according to the topic of the project.