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Unit information: Group Project Unit in 2019/20

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Unit name Group Project Unit
Unit code MATH30009
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Welch
Open unit status Not open

Various, depending on the project selected



School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


Unit Aims

This unit aims to give students an opportunity to study a topic of their choice, working more or less independently, and to develop experience of report-writing and oral presentation. In addition the unit will give students insight into group dynamics, develop interpersonal skills and allow them to tackle more comprehensive assignments.

Unit Description

The unit consist of small groups of students working independently on projects which are proposed and supervised by individual academic members of staff.

Intended learning outcomes

Self-directed study, report writing, oral presentation, working as part of a team, managing group dynamics, developing research plans. The mathematical content depends on the project, but a general “mathematical maturity”.

Teaching details

Guidance from supervisor, leading to independent study with further discussion with supervisor as necessary. Skills training is provided early in teaching block 1

Assessment Details

The final assessment consists of several components: At the end of the project the group submits a written report and gives an oral presentation in which each member of the group participates.

  • The joint project report is marked and then for each student an individual mark is obtained by multiplying with an Individual Weighting Factor. The Individual Weighting Factor is determined from peer-assessment in the group. The weighted mark for the project report forms 90% of the total mark for each individual student.
  • The presentation contributes for each student an individual mark of 5% and a joint mark for the overall presentation of 5%.

After half of the project period has passed peer assessment will be used for formative purposes, to reflect on the dynamics and possible problems of the group work.

Reading and References

There is no set reading for this unit.