MTH5020 - Special topics in advanced mathematics 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Jerome Droniou


Associate Professor Jerome Droniou

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Mathematics


This unit enables students to work in small groups on a focused topic in mathematics, not covered in other units. Each group is supervised by an academic staff. The work consists of individual reading, group sessions to facilitate understanding and develop communication skills, and seminar-like presentations. The overall purpose of this unit is for students to learn how to self-develop knowledge on a specific mathematical subject, by gathering information from written sources (textbooks, mathematical research papers, etc.) and by communicating with peers.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Assimilate sophisticated concepts from mathematical literature.
  2. Develop expert strategies to efficiently work in groups and/or one-to-one with their supervisor.
  3. Communicate complex and specialised content both orally and in writing.
  4. Apply critical thinking in the field of advanced mathematics and its applications.


Progress report: 10%

Oral presentation: 30%

Written report: 60%

Workload requirements

1-hour meeting with the supervisor per week

13 hours of personal or group work

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Master of Mathematics