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CEMPS: Mathematical Investigations

Contact: Professor Trevor Bailey

Mathematics is traditionally taught in a ‘chalk and talk’ style, but it is also important that students should participate in student-centred learning in a team environment as a fundamental element of their learning experience.

This module (compulsory for all students in their first semester) engages them in active and enquiry-led learning through open-ended investigations on a range of mathematical topics. It gives students an opportunity to collaborate within small groups under the guidance of a member of staff, and to develop report writing, technical presentation, research, and team working skills.

All assessment is based on the coursework completed as the module progresses, and there is no examination. It includes a group report as well as individual tests on each investigation and formally assessed group presentations.   

Formative and summative assessments, and associated feedback, are used to prepare the student for a final assignment - an individual report on 'Communicating Mathematics'. The ideas and skills involved in this module are useful to students throughout their Mathematics degree programme.

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