Mathematics 3W: Writing and Presenting Mathematics MATHS3018

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In this course students will develop the skills needed for project work in the context of studying various short mathematical topics. It is examined by means of two projects and a presentation.


10 x 1hr lectures and 8 laboratories in a semester.

Requirements of Entry

Mathematics 2A, 2B and 2D at Grade D3 or better.
Please note: this is one of a package of level-3 courses in Mathematics leading to a designated degree in Mathematics.
Full details of the requirements for a designated degree can be found in
the University Calendar.
The requirements or the designated degree include a second-year curriculum that includes Mathematics 2A, 2B, 2D and another level 2 Mathematics course. An average grade of D3 over these 4 level-2 courses is required.

Excluded Courses

Writing and Presenting Mathematics 86MH




LATEX/Mathematica Minor (short) project (worth 20%), Major (long) project (worth 50%) and Group presentations (worth 30%)

Course Aims

In this course students develop the skills needed for writing and presenting mathematical material. This is done through project work related to a variety of topics in Pure and Applied Mathematics and by presenting results both on paper and orally. Assessment is by means of two short projects. Use of the software needed to undertake these projects is taught at the beginning of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. use the software LaTeX to prepare and orally present documents with a significant amount of mathematical content;

2. express themselves fluently when writing and presenting mathematical material;

3. use the software packages Mathematica to facilitate the solving of a number of mathematical problems, appropriate to the other courses in their degree programme;

4. demonstrate a better understanding of how use of mathematical software can both give extra insight into mathematical problems and help in solving them.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Students who have not satisfied the above requirements may still be deemed to have completed the course subject to approval by the Head of School. Explanations are required for absences of more than a few days. Where relevant, medical certificates should be produced.