OverviewThere is no specific mathematical syllabus for this module; students will chose a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics from a published list on which to base their coursework assessments (different topics for levels 6 and 7). The coursework is supported by a series of workshops covering various forms of written and oral communication. These may include critically evaluating the following: a research article in mathematics, statistics or finance; a survey or magazine article aimed at a scientifically-literate but non-specialist audience; a mathematical biography; a poster presentation of a mathematical topic; a curriculum vitae; an oral presentation with slides or board; a video or podcast on a mathematical topic. Guidance will be given on typesetting mathematics using LaTeX.
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Method of assessment
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.
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the level 7 module students will be able to:
1 convey a systematic understanding of a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics through scientific writing and oral presentation;
2 demonstrate a very good level of skill in written and oral presentation of a topic in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics;
3 show good judgement in the selection and presentation of material to communicate with both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the level 7 module students will be able to:
1 work competently and independently, be aware of their own strengths and understand when help is needed;
2 communicate arguments confidently with the effective and accurate conveyance of conclusions;
2 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
4 make effective 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.