MATHS 3020 - Advanced Mathematical Perspectives III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The aim of this course is to develop research skills in the mathematical sciences. The student will undertake a research project in one of the areas of research strength of the School of Mathematical Sciences: Mechanics; Operations Research; Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Students will be required to meet weekly with a supervisor and to prepare a written final report and, in addition, give a seminar based on that report.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 3020
    Course Advanced Mathematical Perspectives III
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 1 contact hour per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MATHS 2203
    Incompatible MATHS 3021
    Restrictions Available to BMaSc(Adv) students only
    Assessment Ongoing assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben Binder

    Prof Matthew Roughan
    Dr Thomas Leistner  
    Dr Barry Cox 
    Dr Simon Tuke
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course is aimed at improving students mathematics and statistics research and problem solving skills. In particular students should gain an improved ability to:

    1. Understand how to translate a real-world problem, given in words, into a mathematical formulation.
    2. Critically analyse and interpret results.
    3. Take the next step to advance their own ideas.
    4. Formulate a rigorous mathematical argument.
    5. Communicate mathematical or statistical ideas, concepts, and results both orally and 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources will be provided by the relevant lecturer.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Initial lecture.

    Weekly group meetings with the relevant lecturer.

    Final group presentations.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Weekly meetings (inc. initial lecture):  12 hours

    Assignments and preparation for weekly meetings: 42

    Preparation for oral presentation: 24 hours

    Project:  78 hours

    Total:  156 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is based on projects, which will be announced closer to the beginning of the course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course is almost entirely based around small-group discovery.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Final report 50%
    Ongoing written reporting 25%
    Short oral presentations 15%
    Participation in group meetings and group work 10%

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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