Module code: MAT3036

Module Overview

Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, the student will investigate a mathematical topic of interest to them in some depth. They will compose a written report on their studies, and give an oral presentation on their work. 


Module provider


Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: G100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The content will vary according to the chosen topic and supervisor but should in all cases consist of a review of some work done in mathematics, statistics or a related discipline at the level of a third year course. The written report is not expected to contain any original material but it should demonstrate that the student has an understanding of the topic and is able to comment critically on the topic or the material reviewed




Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) WRITTEN REPORT 80
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Their ability to independently research and report upon a mathematical topic relevant to their degree programme;
Their ability to prepare and present mathematical work in both a written and oral fashion.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A written report, submitted at the end of Semester 2; worth 80% module mark.
An oral presentation, after the submission of the report; worth 20% module mark.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive continuous feedback through weekly meetings with their supervisor during the period of their Literature Review. 

Module aims

  • This module allows the student to demonstrate that, under supervision of a member of staff, they are able to review and understand material from different sources (e.g. books and academic journals) and produce a coherent written report in their own words on their chosen topic, which should relate in some way to their degree programme.  

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Be able to find material in the library or on the internet on a particular topic CPT
2 Be able to present ideas from different sources in a coherent way, both by written and oral communication CPT
3 Be able to write a report on the results of their investigations. This should accurately and appropriately cite relevant references and use diagrams, graphs and tables appropriately KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 139

Lecture Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide:

A supportive environment in which the student can develop their skills for independent mathematical work, their ability to research a topic independently, and their presentational skills (both written and oral).

The learning and teaching methods include:

Teaching is by discussion, directed reading and interaction between the student and supervisor, and by discussion with the examiners at the presentation. Learning takes place through discussion, background reading and private study. There will be weekly meetings between student and supervisor, at which the student will be given advice, direction and feedback. 


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for LITERATURE REVIEW II :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.