Module code: MATM048

Module Overview

The student will work on a substantial mathematical project within the company or organisation. The scope of the project is described in a Learning Agreement between the Industrial Supervisor, the Academic Supervisor and the Module Convenor.

Under the guidance of the Industrial Supervisor and the Academic Supervisor, the student will investigate the mathematical topic in depth. They will compose a written report on their studies, and give an oral presentation on their work.

In addition, by providing the student with an opportunity to complete a body of work of interest and relevance to the company and to spend time in the company, this module develops the student’s understanding of the role of mathematics in practical situations and supports the student’s development of personal and professional skills appropriate to future graduate employment.

Module provider


Module Leader

ASTON Philip (Maths)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 600

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The content will vary according to project and supervisors but should in all cases consist of a substantial piece of work of relevance to the Integrated Placement that presents, uses and applies advanced mathematics. It is not expected to be work of such originality that any section of it is publishable, but it should include evidence of originality and critical ability in its compilation.


During the Integrated Placement the student will also develop and enhance their career development skills, their transferable skills, course-specific or technical skills and learning from experience skills. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Any re-assessment will be in the same format as the initial 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 the Integrated Placement and 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 the Integrated Placement) and an oral presentation (after the submission of the report).

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive continuous feedback through regular meetings and communications with the Academic Supervisor and Industrial Supervisor during the period of the Integrated Placement.    


Module aims

  • This module allows the student to demonstrate that, under supervision of a member of academic staff and an industrial supervisor, they are able to undertake and complete a substantial piece of work that presents, uses and/or applies advanced mathematics and is of relevance to the company or organisation of the Integrated Placement. This should normally build on appropriate mathematical material from their degree programme and should contain material and/or applications beyond what has been done in modules at levels 4, 5 and 6.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Be able to independently study mathematics at a level appropriate for the start of a programme of postgraduate study in mathematics CPT
2 Apply academic knowledge to industrial situations where appropriate KCPT
3 Understand and demonstrate acquired transferable skills and technical knowledge KCPT
4 Have gained familiarity in areas of mathematics appropriate to Level 7 by private study KC
5 Be able to present a substantial body of mathematical thoughts and arguments in a coherent way, both by written and oral communication KPT
6 Be able to write a substantial scientific report. This should accurately and appropriately cite relevant references and use diagrams, graphs and tables appropriately KCPT
7 It is not required nor expected that the student should obtain original publishable results, but the student should demonstrate originality in the compilation and presentation of the material KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 student and supervisors.

Learning takes place through:

  • discussion

  • practical experience of applying mathematical methods to interpret, understand and solve problems related to the Integrated Placement

  • background reading and private study.


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.

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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 2020/1 academic year.