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MA50282: Principles of industrial collaboration and problem solving

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mathematical Sciences
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Written Assignment (CW 65%)
  • Presentation (CW 35%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The aim of the unit is to articulate the process of linking the mathematical machinery, real-world problem solving techniques, and concrete industrial contexts. Students will be introduced to basic principles of industrial application and develop skills that are essential for an industry-oriented mathematician. They will learn about industrial practices, the process of translating a mathematical solution into the language of industry, and acquire the related communication and project management skills.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit students will be able to:
* Record a set of ideas and tools that are critical for operating effectively in an industrial environment;
* Assess existing and initiate new approaches to problem solving in a changing industrial environment;
* Conceptualise the solution to a mathematical problem from the point of view of a relevant industrial context;
* Communicate effectively to an industrial client, verbally and in writing.

Skills: Communication of mathematical solutions to an non-academic audience, keeping a written record of the process of problem solving.

* How to communicate mathematical solutions to a non-academic partner.
* Writing skills for effective operation in industry.
* Four mini-courses on industrial processes, such as: "How industry works", "NDAs and IPRs", "How contract works", "Industrial innovation" (or "From basic concept to working solution"), "Reproducibility of work".
* Assignment consolidating the knowledge and skills learnt: briefing session, supervised group work, presentation, and feedback session.

Programme availability:

MA50282 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • TSMA-AFM19 : MSc Mathematics with Data Science for Industry
  • TSMA-AWM19 : MSc Mathematics with Data Science for Industry


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