Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Research Methods and Mathematics Project

Course summary

Course code: MATH1048
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Mathematical Sciences
Course Coordinator(s): Timothy Reis

Specification

Aims

Employers require graduates to be able to tackle non-standard problems, organise their work and
present their conclusions both orally and in a written report. Similarly, candidates for entry to postgraduate and research degrees need to be able to research a topic and write a corresponding dissertation. This course reinforces the skills needed for these tasks and provides the student with the opportunity to carry out an individual and a group project relevant to their degree. The aims of this
course are to develop knowledge and skills necessary to effectively carry out a research project.

Specific aims are:

• To develop a student's knowledge and skills required to undertake and report on a significant academic project working in a largely autonomous way but under the direction of a supervisor.

• To provide an opportunity for the student to integrate their knowledge of two or more of the taught courses (technologies, techniques, methods and tools) as well as extend such knowledge into new areas with independent yet planned learning.
• To develop time management skills in order to carry a research project with constraints identified at the onset of the project.
• To produce a written report and an oral presentation detailing the work undertaken.
• To encourage a critical assessment of the results produced.
• To provide experience of developing student's PDP skill

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Select a topic for a project suitable for their chosen field of study with a view to achieving the aims stated above and produce a well-written proposal;
2. Identify potential ethical issues in the proposed project work as well as associated risks;
3. Draw up a systematic plan for the management and execution of the project;
4. Organise their learning, on his/her own, about the chosen theme, within a time limit and using resources available to ensure the feasibility of the project;
5. Demonstrate know-how and self-direction in finding, selecting and critically evaluating published literature;
6. Log/keep records of all facets of the project development as a portfolio of their learning experience, references to literature and extracts thereof, problems faced, solutions considered and selected, skills learned and/or applied and their context within career and professional development planning;
7. Be able to critically analyse, interpret, integrate and synthesise accumulated knowledge;
8. Select and evaluate appropriate methods, tools and techniques, and apply these and follow methods through to ensure a quality end-product and be able to measure their achievement of the project objectives;
9. Take an informed and critical approach towards what they have learned as well as their own work;
10. Evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses identified during the project work;
11. Communicate the results of their study in writing and orally, in a well-planned, well-defined and organised structure.

Indicative content

Students will be introduced to tasks ranging from choosing projects, proposal, presentation and report writing in both a group structure as well as individually, by way of a group and individual project. The material presented will be subject to formatting constraints to ensure students can summarise their findings and make use of referencing to ensure they have researched their topics thoroughly.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced through lectures, seminars and supported by tutorials. This is further enhanced by way of project supervision on a one-to-one or group basis.
Student time will be Lectures 80%; Tutorials 20%.

Assessment

Summative assessment:
Coursework: Group Project - 35% weighting.
4000- 4500 words. Assessing learning outcomes 1-11.

Coursework: Individual Project Proposal - 10% weighting.
Maximum 2 pages + Gantt Chart. Assessing learning outcomes 1-3, and 6-7.

Coursework: Individual Project Report and Logbook - 55% weighting.
Maximum 7 pages. Assessing all learning outcomes.

Formative assessment - Regular logbook uploads