MATHS 3021 - Capstone Project in Mathematical Sciences III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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 III
    Incompatible MATHS 3020
    Restrictions Not available to BMaSc(Adv) students
    Assessment Ongoing assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Stevenson

    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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources will be provided by the lecturer.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly group meetings with the lecturer.  

    Two oral presentations: a mid-semester presentation and an end-of-semester presentation.  


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

    Lectures and workshops: 36 hours.  

    Mid-semester presentation: 6 hours.  

    End-of-semester presentation: 6 hours.  

    Project plan, progress reports, group meeting reports: 18 hours.  

    Project report: 24 hours.  

    Weekly project work (5.5 hours/week): 66 hours.  

    Total: 156 hours 
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is by projects, which will be determined at the start of the course.  
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The 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%

    Written reporting (project plan, progress reports, group meeting reports): 20% 

    Two short oral presentations: 10% + 10% 

    Participation in group meetings and group work: 10%  

    Assessment Related Requirements
    An agregate score of 50% or more is required to pass this course. 
    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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