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Research Methods in Mathematics and Statistics (MAS514)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an introduction to how research in mathematics and statistics is conducted and presented. Several aspects are considered, including mathematical rigour; types of mathematical proof; core topics in analysis and algebra; searching, reading and reviewing the literature; how to approach research; writing in mathematics and statistics; and the preparation and presentation of seminars. Students will gain practical experience through a literature review of an individual topic and an oral presentation.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical rigour and different types of proof.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of core topics in mathematical analysis and algebra.
3. Demonstrate skills in searching, reading and reviewing the mathematics and statistics literature.
4. Show an understanding of how research in mathematics and statistics is approached and undertaken.
5. Demonstrate writing skills in mathematics and statistics.
6. Demonstrate skills in the preparation and presentation of seminars.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will learn the more theoretical components of the unit through the lectures. Some of the more practical components will largely be learned through exercises outside the lectures, for example, searching the literature on an assigned topic in mathematics and statistics. Students will learn about preparation and presentation of seminars through lectures on this, attendance at seminars (in the School Research Seminar series and elsewhere) and in practical sessions in which the students will give short oral presentations.
Assessment Written Assignment - Problem Solving and Report - 45%
Oral Presentation - 15%
Examination - 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in Honours in Mathematics and Statistics.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Mathematics and Statistics Honours (BSc(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Brenton Clarke
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Brenton Clarke
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2578
e: B.Clarke@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.029 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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