MATHS 3021 - Capstone Project in Mathematical Sciences III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This is a capstone course in the mathematical sciences. Each student will work in a small group on a project. Research skills and written and oral communication skills will be developed. Ongoing written reporting, oral presentations, a project report, and participation in group work are required.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 3021
    Course Capstone Project in Mathematical Sciences III
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 9 units of Mathematical Sciences at Level II or higher
    Incompatible MATHS 3020
    Restrictions Not available to BMaSc(Adv) students
    Assessment Ongoing assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Raymond Vozzo

    The lecturers for this course will be 

    Professor Yvonne Stokes 
    Dr Ray Vozzo
    Dr Melissa Humphries
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the end of this course, students should have: 

    1. Demonstrated familiarity with a specialized topic in an area of mathematics and/or statistics.  
    2. Demonstrated skills in critical analysis and interpretation of mathematical and/or statistical results.  
    3. Demonstrated an ability to work as part of a group to complete an assigned task. 
    4. Demonstrated an ability to communicate mathematical and/or statistical ideas in both written and oral form.  
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources will be provided by the lecturers.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    At the start of the course students will choose/be assigned to a project in one of three different disciplines: Applied Maths (Dynamics, Modelling and Computation), Data Science/Statistics, or Pure Maths.   Students will
    • Participate in group meetings with the lecturer in charge (normally two per week of the semester);
    • Attend workshops on Writing Skills;
    • Complete and submit the assignments set by the lecturer in charge;
    • Prepare a presentation on an aspect of their project, in the form of a short video, poster or as otherwise directed by the lecturer in charge;
    • Report on progress with the project;
    • Write and submit a final report.


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

    Weekly meetings (inc. initial lecture): 24 hours
    Assignments and preparation for weekly meetings: 30 hours
    Preparation and delivery of oral presentation: 24 hours
    Project: 78 hours

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Assignments, projects, oral presentation, participation in meetings.
  • 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%

    Draft report: 10%

    Poster presentation: 10%

    Writing skills assignments: 15%

    Assignments and ongoing project reporting: 15% 

    Assessment Related Requirements
    An agregate score of 50% or more is required to pass this course. Moreover, you must achieve a score of at least 40% for the final project report to pass the course.

    Students must also participate in all other components of the course.
    Assessment Detail
    There are three Writing Skills assignments aimed at developing skills that will assist you with writing your project report.

    The number and length of the project assignments will be determined by the individual lecturers for each project group. Typically these will aid learning of material relevant to the project you are to complete.

    The final project report should be a professional document between 15 and 20 pages in length, including appendices. If your report contains many figures or tables, the expectation would be that your report is closer to 20 pages in length. Both presentation and mathematical content will be assessed.

    Further detail will be provided via the MyUni site for this course and/or by the lecturer for the specific project group.
    All written work is to be submitted via the MyUni site for the course.
    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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