Perspectives in Mathematics
The purpose of the unit is to use a students’ maths background to develop skills in communication, independent project work and supporting peers in group work.
This unit will be comprised of three periods of activity, in each of which there will be a choice between a task which uses the students’ maths background to develop communication or career skills, and one which gives scope for independent exploration of new mathematics.
The unit will also involve aspects of group work, peer review and support, peer assessment, as well as presenting work orally and in written form. As these skills are important in almost any career, whether professional or academic, it is suggested that all 2nd year students seriously consider taking this course.
Relation to other units
This unit fulfils the written/oral communication requirement of our degree. It cannot be taken by any student who has previously taken Communication, Careers and Enterprise
- Gain experience presenting to an audience
- Gain an understanding of the challenges in writing mathematics for an appropriate audience
- Gain experience in writing about and motivating a mathematical topic
- Learn to participate constructively in peer review
- Gain practice in effective peer assessment
- Gain experience in working effectively with a group of peers
- Experience creating a mathematical presentation through the medium of video
- Gain skills associated with presenting work in written form
- Learn to present findings orally
Communication, independent project work and supporting peers in group work.
SyllabusStudents will select one of the following activities for each task.
Reading and References
Various online resources related to topics chosen.
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Unit code: MATH20009
Level of study: I/5
Credit points: 20
Teaching block (weeks): 4 (1-24)
Lecturer: Dr Nina Snaith
120 credit points level C/4 units
Methods of teaching
Presentations from experts delivering skills; peer review; peer assessment; small group work; drop-in sessions
Methods of Assessment
The pass mark for this unit is 40.
The final mark is calculated as follows:
- 25% Careers Project or Mathematical Presentation
- 25% Writing Mathematics Project
- 50% Group Project
For information resit arrangements, please see the re-sit page on the intranet.
Further exam information can be found on the Maths Intranet.