MATHS 4005A - Honours Project in Mathematical Sciences A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Students undertake a detailed study under the guidance of a supervisor and document their work in the form of a written report or thesis. The topic of the project is decided by the supervisor in conjunction with the student. Students not only increase their discipline knowledge, but develop critical analysis and technical writing skills that are highly useful for many occupations and essential for postgraduate research degrees.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MATHS 4005A
    Course Honours Project in Mathematical Sciences A
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to BMaSc (Hons) and BMaSc (Hons) [Direct Entry] students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Trent Mattner

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will have 

    1. Demonstrated familiarity with research in an area of mathematics and/or statistics. 
    2. Demonstrated skills in interpreting and critically evaluating literature related to a current area of research in mathematics and/or statistics.  
    3. Demonstrated skills in communicating mathematical and/or statistical research to an audience, both in written form and orally.  
    4. Demonstrated an understanding of research methods in mathematics and/or statistics.   
    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Resources are recommended on an individual basis by project supervisors.  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The research project provides an introduction to research in mathematics and/or statistics in an area chosen by the student from a range of projects offered by staff in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Students learn by a combination of reading research papers and monographs, discussing aspects of the research project with their supervisor and presenting their work both in oral form through a seminar presentation and in written form through a thesis. The thesis can take the form of (i) a critical review of a topic (ii) an analysis of data, a problem or application using existing techniques (iii) a detailed exposition of results from the literature (iv) extensions or generalizations of existing work.

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


    Research Methodologies workshop: 12 hours.
    Weekly supervisory meetings (1 hour/week): 12 hours.
    Weekly project work (11 hours/week): 132 hours.

    Total: 156 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The Honours Project involves several stages:

    1. Initial literature review and topic proposal. An outline of the research project must be lodged with the Honours Coordinator at the beginning of Week 7 of the student's first semester. Attendance at non-assessed Research Methodologies workshop.

    2. Ongoing literature review and research. Planning of thesis and drafting of initial chapters. Students are expected to commence writing their thesis no later than the beginning of their second semester.

    3. Research seminar held in the mid-semester break of the student's second semester.

    4. Completion of thesis writing: students are expected to provide a complete thesis draft to their supervisor at the beginning of Week 9 of the student's second semester. The thesis is due on Friday of Week 12 of the student's second semester; it is lodged with the Honours Coordinator.

    The specifics of each of these stages is highly dependent on the nature of the project; they should be discussed with the project supervisor.
  • 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
    The Honours Project has two main assessment components:

    1. Research Seminar (worth 1/9 of the final grade).

    2. Thesis (worth 8/9 of the final grade).

    These assessment components determine the grade for MATHS 4005C - Honours Project in Mathematical Sciences C (the courses MATHS 4005A and MATHS 4005B have grades of CN associated with them).
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the Honours Project in Mathematical Sciences C (the two courses Honours Project in Mathematical Sciences A and B receive a grade of CN).
    Assessment Detail
    The Honours Project is assessed on the basis of the Research Seminar (worth 1/9 of the final grade) and the Thesis (worth 8/9 of the final grade). The Research Seminar is assessed by a small committee comprising of academic staff, normally from each of the three disciplines (Applied, Pure and Statistics). The Thesis is assessed by two examiners from the School of Mathematical Sciences.
    An outline of the research project is to be lodged with the Honours Coordinator at beginning of Week 7 of the student's first semester.

    The thesis is due on Friday of Week 12 of the student's second semester. A pdf copy of the thesis together with two spiral bound paper copies of the thesis is to be lodged with the Honours Coordinator. The thesis should contain a declaration of originality and approval, signed by both the student and supervisor.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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