MATHS 2203 - Advanced Mathematical Perspectives II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 2203 Course Advanced Mathematical Perspectives II Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3.5 contact hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MATHS 1012 and MATHS 1015 Restrictions Available to BMaSc(Adv) students only Course Description The aim of this course is to foster a broad appreciation of the mathematical sciences with an exposure to the areas of major research strength within the School. It will be taught in four three week blocks covering Mechanics, Operations research, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Students will be required to participate proactively in the course by possible involvement in open ended problems, independent reading and mini projects.
Course Coordinator: Professor Finnur LarussonOther lecturers:
A/Prof Luke Bennetts
Dr Shenal Dedduwakumara
A/Prof Lewis Mitchell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students should have demonstrated:
1. Understanding of specialised topics in pure mathematics, dynamics, stochastics, and statistics.
2. Ability to create their own rigorous mathematical arguments.
3. Ability to work with mathematical models and analyse data.
4. Ability to communicate mathematics and statistics in writing.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 3, 4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3, 4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesCourse materials will be provided by the lecturers.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is taught in four blocks of three weeks each. There are three one-hour workshops each week for active project work under the guidance of a lecturer.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Workshops 36 36 Projects 4 120 Total 156
Learning Activities Summary
Each quarter of the course consists of a research project. Students work on their projects in the workshops with guidance from the lecturer and outside the workshops independently or in informal groups. The assessment item for each project is a report that is due on Friday of the week following the three-week block.
Weeks 1-3. Pure mathematics. Polynomials that fit nicely into a box.
Weeks 4-6. Stochastics. Hidden Markov models in data science.
Weeks 7-9. Dynamics. An introduction to asymptotic methods.
Weeks 10-12. Statistics. Evidence-based statistics: theory and practice.
Note. The dynamics project takes MATHS 2101 Multivariable & Complex Calculus and MATHS 2102 Differential Equations as assumed knowledge. The statistics project takes STATS 1005 Statistical Analysis & Modelling as assumed knowledge. If you have not done these courses, please speak to the lecturers. They may be able to recommend helpful background material for you to read.
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Component Weighting Topic Objective assessed Project 1 25% Pure Mathematics 1, 2, 4 Project 2 25% Stochastics 1, 2, 3, 4 Project 3 25% Dynamics 1, 2, 3, 4 Project 4 25% Statistics 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsA mark of 50 is required to pass this course.
Assessment item Distributed Due Project report 1 Week 1 Friday of Week 4 Project report 2 Week 4 Friday of Week 7 Project report 3 Week 7 Friday of Week 10 Project report 4 Week 10 Friday of Week 13
SubmissionReports are submitted as PDF files via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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