Communicating Mathematics - MA6503

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR IG Wood

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The aim of this module is to equip students with the skills needed to communicate mathematics effectively to the world. This module is supported by a series of workshops covering various forms of written and oral communication. Each student will choose a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics from a published list on which to base their three coursework assessments which include a scientific writing assessment and an oral presentation.

Details

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Contact hours

12 workshops

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Preliminary reading

Stephen G. Krantz,, A Primer of Mathematical Writing, A.M.S., 1997.
Kevin Houston, How to think like a mathematician: a companion to undergraduate mathematics, C.U.P., 2009.
Hilary Glasman-Deal, Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press, 2009.
Anne E. Greene, Writing science in plain English, University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Alan Beardon, Creative Mathematics: a gateway to research, C.U.P., 2009.
Carmine Gallo, Talk Like TED : The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds, Macmillan, 2014.
Toby Oetiker, The not so short introduction to LaTeX, available online, 1995.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the level 6 module students will be able to:
1 convey a systematic understanding of key aspects of a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics through scientific writing and oral presentation;
2 demonstrate a reasonable level of skill in written and oral presentation of a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics;
3 show judgement in the selection and presentation of material to communicate with both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

On successfully completing the level 6 module students will be able to:
1 manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources;
2 communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions reasonably accurately and clearly;
3 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
4 make competent use of information technology skills such as word-processing and online resources (Moodle);
5 communicate technical and non-technical material competently;
6 demonstrate the acquisition of the study skills needed for continuing professional development.

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