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Unit information: Group Project Unit in 2021/22

Unit name Group Project Unit
Unit code MATHM0021
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Viveka Erlandsson
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Depends on the project selected

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Unit Aims

The unit aims to give students an opportunity to study a topic of their choice, working more or less independently, and to develop experience of report-writing and oral presentation. In addition the new unit will give students insight into group dynamics, develop interpersonal skills and allow them to tackle more comprehensive assignments.

Unit Description

The unit consist of small groups of students working independently on projects which are proposed and supervised by individual academic members of staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Self-directed study, report writing, oral presentation, working as part of a team, managing group dynamics, developing research plans. The mathematical content depends on the project, but a general “mathematical maturity”.

Teaching Information

Guidance from supervisor, leading to independent study with further discussion with supervisor as necessary. Skills training is provided early in teaching block 1

Assessment Information

The final assessment consists of several components: At the end of the project the group submits a written report and gives an oral presentation in which each member of the group participates.

  • The joint project report is marked and then for each student an individual mark is obtained by multiplying with an Individual Weighting Factor. The Individual Weighting Factor is determined from peer-assessment in the group. The weighted mark for the project report forms 90% of the total mark for each individual student.
  • The presentation contributes for each student an individual mark of 5% and a joint mark for the overall presentation of 5%.

After half of the project period has passed peer assessment will be used for formative purposes, to reflect on the dynamics and possible problems of the group work.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. MATHM0021).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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