Communicating Mathematics - MAST6703

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Ian Wood checkmark-circle


There 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 12
Private study hours: 138
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Indicative 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)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific 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.

The intended generic learning outcomes. 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.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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