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Unit information: Perspectives in Mathematics in 2018/19

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Unit name Perspectives in Mathematics
Unit code MATH20009
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Snaith
Open unit status Not open

120 credit points level C/4 units



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


The purpose of the unit is to use a students’ maths background to develop skills in communication, independent project work and supporting peers in group work.

This unit will be comprised of three periods of activity, in each of which there will be a choice between a task which uses the students’ maths background to develop communication or career skills, and one which gives scope for independent exploration of new mathematics. This unit fulfils the written/oral communication requirement of our degree.

The unit will also involve aspects of group work, peer review and support, peer assessment, as well as presenting work orally and in written form. As these skills are important in almost any career, whether professional or academic, it is suggested that all 2nd year students seriously consider taking this course.


  • Writing mathematics – individual piece of writing, with peer review and assessment
  • Practical session on CV and cover letter writing, job interview practise or a mathematical presentation
  • Maths group project – group work culminating in a group report and presentation

Intended learning outcomes

  • Gain experience presenting to an audience
  • Gain an understanding of the challenges in writing mathematics for an appropriate audience
  • Gain experience in writing about and motivating a mathematical topic
  • Learn to participate constructively in peer review
  • Gain practice in effective peer assessment
  • Gain experience in working effectively with a group of peers
  • Experience creating a mathematical presentation through the medium of video
  • Gain skills associated with presenting work in written form
  • Learn to present findings orally

Teaching details

Presentations from experts delivering skills training; peer review; peer assessment; small group work; office hours and drop-in sessions

Assessment Details

Careers Project or Mathematical Presentation (25%)

Writing Mathematics Project (25%)

Group Project (50%)

Reading and References

Various online resources related to topics chosen.