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Unit information: Mini-projects in 2022/23

Unit name Mini-projects
Unit code MATHM0042
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Cho
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Statistical Methods 1, Statistical Computing 1.

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one


School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

The mini Project gives students the opportunity to explore a potential PhD topic, selected from a list made available at the start of TB2. Project specifications are solicited by the Projects Coordinator. Each submission contains two, related, project descriptions: a mini-project (for this unit) and a full project (which a student could follow and complete for a PhD). The idea is that students get experience on working in a research environment on a project with an adviser. This might then become their full PhD project, or it might not.

Your learning on this unit

Formal ILO Outcome: Students will be able to explain their project topic to a general audience, and describe the key challenges, in practice. Students will be able to report on this project and have learnt how to do this for similar mini-projects in future

Informal ILO: At the end of the Unit, the students will have a better understanding of a potential PhD topic, and have experienced working individually or collaboratively on a research project. They will have developed transferable skills in communication and presenting.

How you will learn

Guidance from supervisor, leading to independent study with further discussion with supervisor as necessary.

How you will be assessed

Formative: None. Summative: A journal article-style report and presentation.


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. MATHM0042).

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.

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.