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MAS3091 : Group Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Baggaley
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To develop oral presentation skills for mathematics and statistics;
•       To develop teamwork, management and organisational skills;
•       To develop the ability to write thorough and complete reports on mathematical and statistical problems;
•       Develop an understanding of an area of mathematics or statistics beyond those taught in the degree programme;

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will work in groups of four-five to undertake a project in one of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Guidance is provided by an academic staff advisor who supervisors the group and assists in project management and monitoring. Groups will attend regular meetings with their supervisor, working towards video and in-person presentations a written report and poster The project topics will be based on Stage 2 level material but will require additional independent study. Participation is assessed using a weighted peer assessment with input from the academic supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00Preparation for presentations and written reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching80:304:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity361:0036:00Group learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will develop: teamwork and communication skills through group learning and peer assessment; presentation skills through lectures and giving presentations; mathematical and statistical writing skills through private study, group learning and writing reports.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Project Portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Groups assessed on a portfolio basis. Feedback and feedforward align to the development of presentation skills: video, oral presentation, poster and technical reports demonstrating the role of tailoring to media and audience. An end-point poster event aligns to academic community in a social context for informal discussion with peers, academic colleagues and, as possible, external examiners.
Portfolio elements assess students' individual and team-working skills in mathematical and statistical presentation and writing. Assessment contains both group and individual marks, with a contribution from peer assessment
Group will collate content through the course of the semester:
•       An interim video presentation;
•       An endpoint technical report and presentation;
•       Individuals are expected to contribute equally to all portfolio elements (e.g. sections of report and time during the presentation);
•       Individuals peer-assess the others and provide feedback;
•       The presentation and report each have an individual and group assessment; the video presentation is just a group assessment;
•       Reports should be 8 pages (12 point type)
•       Presentation and report marking based upon separate, criteria matrix grading schemes provided at the beginning of the module
•       An end-point poster-event is formative and experiential

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