Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Mathematics Work Placement

Course summary

Course code: MATH1108
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Mathematical Sciences
Course Coordinator(s): Noel-Ann Bradshaw


Pre and co requisites

Operational Research for Industry or equivalent.


This course gives credit for students undertaking a work placement relevant to their studies and presenting their experience on this placement in a reflective logbook, report and presentation.

This course includes the PDP element for final stage students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Have gained practical experience of the application of mathematics in industry.
2. Have gained experience of working with others and of issues arising in teamwork in an employment situation.
3. Be able to critically reflect on your experience in the placement.
4. Be able to articulate your experience with peers and others.
5. Be able to reflect on your future career options in the light of your placement experience.
6. Have evaluated your personal strengths and weaknesses identified during the placement.

Indicative content

Students must pro-actively search for a suitable work placement. Students must satisfy Placement Supervisor that the placement is: a) pedagogically suitable b) guaranteed before start of the academic year and c) meets the University's conditions regarding Health and Safety and other requirements. The minimum requirement will be for the student to spend 12 sessions in the placement, but normally between fifteen to twenty days in the placement would be expected. A tutor will be assigned to supervise the placement: this contact tutor will visit the student in the workplace and will liaise with the student and the employer.

Teaching and learning activity

The undergraduate will work for the employer for at least twelve sessions. They will maintain a reflective logbook which will record their activities.


Summative assessment:
Report - 60%
5000 words
A reflective report on the student experience, addressing learning outcomes 1-3, 5 and 6.

Presentation - 20%
A presentation about their work as a in the placement, to peers and staff, addressing learning outcome 1-6.

Reflective Logbook - 20%
1500 words
Undergraduates must document and reflect on their employment activities, and reflect on their future career plans, addressing learning outcomes 1-3 and 5.

Formative assessment: Regular logbook uploads