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This unit aims to provide a framework for you to apply the mathematically-founded analytical methods and quantitative techniques learned in other units in the course to real world problems relevant to you. You will gain expertise in problem formulation, problem solving and communication, involving mathematical techniques. Permission to enrol in this unit must be obtained from the Course Coordinator.
This unit will enable you to link your workplace needs or interests with your studies in mathematical science. This mathematics unit is available to students in postgraduate courses only. It fills the need for a project based on a problem derived from your workplace or your specific interests. It is not intended to be a research project of the type which is normally undertaken in postgraduate research-orientated courses. The emphasis is on applying the skills and knowledge acquired within the course to a specific application and further development of your associated capabilities. You will need to consult with your Course Coordinator and potential supervisor to decide on a suitable topic. You will also need to have completed or be concurrently studying units relevant to your project topic.
This unit aims to provide a framework for you to apply the mathematically-founded analytical methods and quantitative techniques learned in other units in the course to real world problems relevant to you. You will gain expertise in problem formulation, problem solving and communication, involving mathematical techniques.
On successful completion of this unit you will:
1. Have solved, or made significant progress towards solving, a problem relevant to your workplace or interest using an approach involving mathematical or statistical modelling.
2. Developed an appropriate plan for analysing and resolving the problem in a professional manner.
3. Improved your skills in using a planned approach to mathematical, analytic and creative problem solving.
4. Be aware of the situations where an evidence-based or data-based approach to problem solving is required, and the consequent implications in terms of uncertain inference.
5. Have further developed your written communication and oral presentation skills especially to non-mathematically trained people.
6. Have further developed your mathematical problem-solving skills.
You will undertake a research project related to your area of mathematical interest.
You will need to consult with your Course Coordinator and potential supervisor to decide on a suitable research topic and advanced level coursework that will supplement your knowledge in your chosen area of interest.
There are no formal classes in this unit; however, you will normally meet regularly with your project supervisor(s) to promote learning through discussion on planning issues, feedback on draft reports, advice on work in progress and guidance on future developments.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
There is no prescribed text set down for the unit.
1. Anderson PV (1995)
Technical Writing, 3rd edition, Hartcourt
2. Riordan DG & Pauley SE (2002)
Technical Report Writing Today, 8th edition, Houghton Mifflin
3. Silyn-Roberts H (2000)
Writing for Science and Engineering: Papers, Presentations and Reports, Butterworth-Heinemann
While you are working on this project you should be mindful of the Health and Safety requirements of the university, your workplace and other relevant locations as appropriate. Further information on health and safety at QUT can be found at site http://www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/healthsafe/index.jsp