|Assessment length / details
|Presentation Individual presentation on a topic in Mathematics 10 Minutes
|Proof Critically evaluate of mathematical proof. 400 Words
|Group Group poster presentation on careers 200 Words
|Bio Write a short biography of a Mathematician; training in research without plagiarising. 1000 Words
|Python Python programming assignment 200 Words
|Excel Spreadsheet assignment 400 Words
|CV Students are expected to create a CV or Linked-In profile and write a cover letter for a job application, in consultation with a careers advisor. 400 Words
|0 Hours Supplementary As determined by the exam board
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Work individually to research and present a topic in Mathematics.
Use software packages to produce simple documents such as a Curriculum Vitae, a presentation or a poster.
Critically evaluate proofs in Mathematics
Work in groups to research and present information about Mathematics careers.
Understand how to apply for a job, highlighting skills and experience to a potential employer.
Set up, or modify a spreadsheet to do various calculations, produce summaries, visualise the data and results.
Write and debug computer programs to solve mathematics problems and visualize graphs.
Students will be introduced to computer programming through a range of software packages: word-processing software, presentation software, spreadsheets and formal programming in Python. It will use simple ideas in mathematics to illustrate simple uses of the software and skills in the workplace.
The Careers Service will provide a careers awareness programme during which each student prepares a letter of introduction and establishes an online Curriculum Vitae. Working in teams, students will research the careers available to graduates in their discipline and the relation of the skills they acquire in their course to these careers. Each team will together produce a poster presentation on their findings, making use of the software to which they have been introduced.
The module provides an opportunity to develop a selection of both mathematical, computational, study and transferable skills designed to enhance students' learning experience and employment prospects.
Word-processing Presentation software packages (Latex, Powerpoint): introduction, simple documents, formatting, mathematical expressions, presentations.
Mathematical proof: critical evaluation of methods of proof.
Individual presentation on a topic in Mathematics.
Skills awareness programme, including advice on the preparation of an introductory letter and CV, run by the Careers Service.
Group poster presentations on the relation between the skills acquired by Mathematicians and the careers available to them.
Spreadsheets: overview, entering and formatting information, formulae and functions, manipulating and visualizing a (large) dataset.
Programming: basic introduction to python and the principles of computer programming, with some visualisation.
|Co-ordinating with others
|Work leading to the group presentation is done in teams.
|Creative Problem Solving
|Problem solving skills are developed in this module in dealing with proofs, with the spreadsheet and programming assignments, and in preparing for the presentation of a topic in Mathematics or Physics.
|Critical and analytical thinking
|Analytical skills are required in undertaking research for the biography assignment and the individual presentation, and in researching the skills needed for various forms of employment.
|Written communication is developed and tested by the written assignments and the CV. Verbal communication is developed and tested by the presentations.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Mathematical skills are developed in evaluating proofs. Numerical/visualization concepts and techniques are addressed in connection with spreadsheet and computer programming.
This module is at CQFW Level 4