Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Mathematical Sciences


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Not available in 2010/11 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to G100
Tied to G103
Tied to G104
Tied to G105


  • 2H Honours Mathematics.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop student self-sufficiency by enabling the students to learn for themselves some selected topic in mathematical sciences.


  • Students choose one of a number of offered topics for each of which a book, which is suitable for independent study at this level, is specified.
  • For each topic offered the specified text, or identified parts of it define the syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will: have developed mathematical self-sufficiency by studying independently some selected topic in mathematical sciences.
  • be able to solve novel and/or complex problems in that topic.
  • have a systematic and coherent understanding of theoretical mathematics in that topic.
  • have acquired a coherent body of knowledge and understanding to reproduce theoretical mathematics in the field of that topic.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:
    • Students will be able to study independently to further their knowledge of a topic.

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • Subject material assigned for independent study develops the ability to acquire knowledge and understanding without dependence on lectures.
    • Formatively assessed assignments provide practice in the application of logic and high level of rigour as well as feedback for the students and the lecturer on students' progress.
    • The end-of-year examination assesses the knowledge acquired.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Preparation and Reading 177
    Total 200

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    three hour written examination 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Fortnightly problem sheets, work to be marked and returned to the students.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University