Advanced Mathematics Project

Module description

On this module, you will gain experience of independent work by in-depth research on an open-ended problem suggested by the project supervisor.  You will write a coherent and comprehensible account of your work in the form of a dissertation.  Computational work by the use of MATLAB or other appropriate package may also form part of the Advanced Mathematics Project.

Full module specification

Module title:Advanced Mathematics Project
Module code:ECMM721
Module level:M
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Mark Holland - Convenor
Module credit:60
ECTS value:



ECMM410 or equivalent


ECMM713 or equivalent

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This module provides the opportunity for you to produce a well-researched project in mathematics, either complementing or extending material in the taught part of the programme. By taking this module, you will develop your research skills and become familiar with current research literature.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate, in your project report, the ability to understand and appraise recent research in some aspect of mathematics.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. show, in your project report, the ability to apply computational and/or theoretical reasoning to analysing mathematical challenges.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 3. reveal, in your project report, the ability to write a concise, clear and accurate technical report.
  • 4. display the ability to work independently and to a deadline on an open-ended problem.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22 Individual supervision
Guided independent study578Private study and assessment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly exercises4 hours eachAllVerbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written dissertation100578 hours - not to exceed 50 pages of A4 including:AllWritten

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
All aboveCoursework (100%)AllWritten

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.

Syllabus plan

Term 2: You will be given details of arrangements for the project, and required to choose a topic. Advice on possible topics for this module and on prospective supervisors is available from the module leader.

The choice of topics and supervisors will be finalised by the middle of Term 2. Easter vacation and summer: you research and write the project. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor. The project must be submitted by the due date and must comply with University and College submission requirements.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Research papers and relevant sections of textbooks as appropriate to the topic of the individual project.  Suitable references will be suggested by the programme coordinator in advance of the projects commencing.



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