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MATH7900 – Research Frontiers in Mathematics

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Adam Sikora
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit is designed to engage students with current research in Mathematics. It will introduce students to a number of the current open research questions across the range of the broad discipline. It is the first of a pair of such units, with the second appearing in the second year of the MRes program. This unit addresses research across the breadth of the discipline, while the second unit will focus on more particular issues related to the student's project area.

Activities may include such things as seminar attendance, directed reading of research papers, the discussion and critiquing of research topics and introduction to new practical techniques with preparatory reading, hands-on experience and a final report. Presentation of a seminar and a written report based on the topics examined are required for completion of this unit.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Search for current literature in your field, and reference your findings appropriately.
  • ULO2: Typeset mathematics using LaTeX and BibTeX systems.
  • ULO3: Write academic mathematics in a clear and logical manner.
  • ULO4: Present research in your field so that non-experts can understand the work.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Seminar/Colloquium Attendance 10% No By the end of the semester
Literature review 40% No Week 12
Assignment 25% No Week 5
Presentation 25% No Week 11

Seminar/Colloquium Attendance

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: By the end of the semester
Weighting: 10%

 

Attend the department colloquium throughout the semester and ask the speakers relevant questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Present research in your field so that non-experts can understand the work.

Literature review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 37 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 40%

 

Write a review of current literature in your field of research, based on your directed reading.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Search for current literature in your field, and reference your findings appropriately.
  • Typeset mathematics using LaTeX and BibTeX systems.
  • Write academic mathematics in a clear and logical manner.

Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 25%

 

Written solutions to exercises based on lecture material, including typesetting examples.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Typeset mathematics using LaTeX and BibTeX systems.

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 25%

 

Present current research in your field, based on your directed reading.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Search for current literature in your field, and reference your findings appropriately.
  • Typeset mathematics using LaTeX and BibTeX systems.
  • Present research in your field so that non-experts can understand the work.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

 George Gr�atzer, More math into LaTEX. 4th ed. , 4th ed., New York, NY: Springer, 2007 (English).

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