MATU9K8 - Project

SCQF Level: 10
Course Prerequisite: Registration for Mathematics and Professional Education programme, or by permission of the Head of Mathematics
Credit Value: 20


The aims of the module are:

  • to provide the student with insight into the nature of research in mathematics and statistics;
  • to develop generic transferable skills including initiative, problem solving, report writing and presentational skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student will have worked on a Mathematics and/or Statistics project at advanced undergraduate level, will have written a report on their findings, and will have presented the final results. The student will have demonstrated initiative and research, problem solving, report writing and presentational skills.

Transferable Skills

Problem solving, initiative, report writing, presentation skills.


There is no set text. However, students may care to consult the following resources:
G. Polya, How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, Penguin Science Ltd, 1990, ISBN: 0140124993
R. Barass, Scientists Must Write: A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students, Routledge Study Guides, 2002, ISBN: 0415269962
Presenting your research, Education Development Center, Inc., 2003, retrieved 08.09.06 from the world wide web

Teaching Format

In this module each student tackles a problem. A supervisor is assigned to each project to provide general guidance on its solution. The student selects one of the projects on offer or can devise one of their own. The student is expected to meet regularly with their supervisor for guidance and discussion of progress.


90% for the report, plus 10% for the oral presentation.

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