Faculty of Science

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Monash University

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Dr Jerome Droniou



  • Full year 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester to First semester 2016 (Day)


Completion of a 'project and research skills' component along with one lecture topic chosen from the fourth-year offerings as approved by the coordinator. A list of the fourth-year lecture and project topics is available at enrolment. The 'project and research skills' component can take one of two forms:

  1. A major research project, in which the student is expected to contribute new results to the field of mathematics;
  2. A reading project, in which the student completes their mathematical background, along with a series of modules to develop research skills.

Both types of projects contain a literature review component.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Read, comprehend and present advanced results from the mathematical literature including specialised research monographs and articles from refereed journals;

  1. Search the mathematical literature effectively;

  1. Conduct and/or apply mathematical research while adhering to high standards of mathematical scholarship;

  1. Plan, prepare and deliver oral presentations on specialized topics;

  1. Plan and write complex documents that interpret, synthesize, and generalize mathematical knowledge;

  1. Complete work requirements in an efficient and timely manner.


One lecture topic: 16.7%
Project and research skills: 83.3%

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