3H: Writing and Presenting Mathematics MATHS4079

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

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


Excluded Courses

Writing and Presenting Mathematics 86MH




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

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

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:

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

■ express themselves fluently when writing and presenting mathematical material;

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

■ 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