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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

MATH3382 Project III

The aim is to take a topic in mathematics or statistics and to communicate the ideas, by a poster, a short presentation, and a written report, to an audience at the level of 3H. The emphasis is on communication of material at the 3H level.

The first term consists of independent guided study within a small group. Each group consists normally of 3 or 4 students. The second term consists of preparing an individual written report. During the second term, students give a group-linked presentation, accompanied by individual posters. The poster and presentation are assessed and count for 15% of the module mark.

There are no lectures. However, there is a short series of workshops. These address what constitutes effective communication in mathematics and statistics: how to present mathematical material, how to use computer packages to write mathematical reports, how to lay out reports, how to convey statistical information effectively, and so forth.

The topic supervisor guides the technical content and organizes tutorial meetings at least once per fortnight.

Outline of Course

This module is a double 3H option so you should devote on average one-third of your efforts to it. The report deadline is the first Friday of the Easter term.

For details of topics and supervisors visit the projects webpage and follow the prominent link.

To take this option, submit your preferred topics via the web link before the deadline given there. Definite project allocations will be announced before the start of the new academic year.

Please note that a supervisor may not accept 5 or more students, and a topic with fewer than 3 takers may be withdrawn.


For details of prerequisites, corequisites, excluded combinations, teaching methods, and assessment details, please see the Faculty Handbook.

Assessment Information

For information about use of calculators and dictionaries in exams please see the Examination Information page in the Degree Programme Handbook.