MATU9RP - Research Portfolio

SCQF Level: 10
Module Co-ordinator: Professor Rachel Norman
Availability: Autumn/Spring
SCQF Credit Value: 60 (3 module)

Learning outcomes

In the first part of the course the students will have critically evaluated a paper and summarised the results in a clear and concise way. They will have given an oral presentation of these results. At the end of the module the student will have solved four problems at advanced undergraduate level in Mathematics and/or Statistics. Three of these will have been done individually and one in a group setting. They will have written reports on their solutions, and will have presented the results for one of the problems. The student will have demonstrated initiative and research, problem solving, report writing and presentational skills.

Course Content

Autumn semester

One two hour session per week. This will vary from week to week. It will cover a range of research skills. These include oral presentation skills, writing skills, poster presentations, writing in latex, critical reading skills. These will be seminar style questions. There will be weekly assignments/activities which will each be assessed. The main assessment for this part of the module will be to take a journal article and write a critical assessment and give an oral presentation in which they will summarise the key findings in a way that is accessible to non-experts.

Spring semester

The students will undertake one group project which will last the entire semester and three short projects which will each last three weeks. They will have a different supervisor for each project who they will meet on a weekly basis. They will write a report on each project and give an oral presentation on one of the projects.

Method of delivery

Autumn semester (20 credits): One two hour session per week.
Spring semester (40 credits) : Project Work – both individual and group – each with weekly meetings


Autumn (1/3 of total grade for the module): critical essay and presentation 50%, assignments 50%.
Spring (2/3rds of total grade for the module): Group project worth 30%, three individual projects each worth 20% and oral presentation worth 10%

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