Course Title: Honours Mathematics Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Mathematics Project 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Stephen Davis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2278

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.09.08

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will have successfully completed the course MATH2183 Honours Mathematics Project 1.

Course Description

This course forms the second half of the Honours year research project. You will undertake your project under the supervision of an expert within the school, and develop a number of capabilities through your research. This student based learning course provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to incorporate learning from one-on-one supervisor interaction; results from your own research; and demonstrate embedded applicable skills from previous courses.

The subject researched may be chosen from any area of pure, applied or computational mathematics which is consistent with your background.

The aims of this course are to:

  • Give you a quality research experience.
  • Prepare you for research and higher-level employment by developing your knowledge of the field, your capacity for independent work, and your scientific communication.
  • Provide you with appropriate training in the scientific method, research skills.
  • Prepare you for life-long learning such as pathways into higher degree programs.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information.;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Formulate and state (research) objectives clearly, pursue them methodically and argue clearly and critically
  • Plan a program of research, stating clearly the hypothesis and research question(s), the significance of the project and the methods by which the aims are to be achieved
  • Use advanced information retrieval techniques to search the literature, using the Library facilities
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation and understanding of the relationship of the candidates own work to that of others
  • Present an outline of the project and respond appropriately to questions by peers
  • Understand and apply the techniques of professional scientific communication plan experiments
  • Understand and practise effective time management skills
  • Understand and practise the ethical responsibilities of a professional scientist, including understand legal aspects of working as a professional scientist.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

Mathematics in context
Ability to appreciate the complex, diverse and evolving social, political and cultural dimensions of practicing as a mathematics professional in organisational and community settings.

Problem Solving
Ability to apply knowledge and skill to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems.

Teamwork and Project Management
Ability to contribute to professional work settings through effective participation in teams and organisation of project tasks. Communication

Ability to communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.

Ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgements and decisions in academic and professional settings.

Information Literacy
Ability to locate and use data and information and evaluate its quality with respect to its authority and relevance.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to read scholarly journals on your subject area and discuss them with your supervisor. After gaining an acceptable standard of comprehension, you may be required to perform some standard calculations or numerical computations on variants of the problems or new problems to which this technique is applicable.
You will write the results of this study as a thesis in order to demonstrate your comprehension of the area. You are expected to give a presentation as part of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Texts and references for background material may be available through the RMIT Bookshop and Library. You will need to search Library and online resources, particularly in the current scientific journal literature, for supporting material and references relevant to your research project.

Overview of Assessment

The course will be assessed on the basis of a research proposal and literature review (completed during Honours Mathematics Project 1) and a research thesis, submitted on completion of both Honours Mathematics Project 1 and Honours Mathematics Project 2. An identical mark will be provided for each course.