BSc Mathematics / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Mathematical Problem Solving

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATH11221
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit aims to develop students’ mathematical problem solving and communication skills through a series of group projects and project reports.  Students will work on three group projects covering a range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. These topics will vary from year to year and will not be pre-requisites for any later course units. The topics will be introduced in weekly lectures and developed by group problem solving in weekly workshops. Students will collaborate on the projects but will submit individual reports for each project.  However, this collaboration will be also assessed through a group mark based on the average mark for the members of the group who attend the workshops. 

Aims

This unit aims to develop students’ mathematical problem solving and communication skills through a series of group projects and project reports. 

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Collaborate with other students to solve mathematical problems
  • Develop and analyse simple mathematical models to investigate real world problems 
  • Apply mathematical software to solve mathematical problems 
  • Write clear and accurate mathematical reports 
  • Deliver a presentation using appropriate media 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 90%
Oral assessment/presentation 10%

Feedback methods

Formal feedback is given through the marked projects; informal feedback through discussions with session leaders during the workshops.

Recommended reading

Giordano, F, ‘A First Course in Mathematical Modeling’ (Brookes-Cole, 1985) 

Desmond Higham and Nick Higham, ‘MATLAB Guide’ (3rd edition, SIAM, 2017) 

Devlin, K.  ‘Mathematics: The Science of Patterns’ (Scientific American Library, 1997) 

Higham, N. J.  ‘Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences’ (SIAM, 1993) 

Mason, J.  ‘Thinking Mathematically’ (Addison-Wesley, 1985) 

Griffiths, D. F. and Higham, D. J. ‘Learning LATEX’ (SIAM, 2016)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Practical classes & workshops 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Steven Broom Unit coordinator
Geoffrey Evatt Unit coordinator

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