Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 120-minute lecture per semester
8 x 60-minute supervised studies per semester
Prerequisites
1 31.5 units of topics
2 Admission into MSCMT-Master of Science (Mathematics)
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Course context

This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.

Topic description

The masters thesis is intended to promote the development of research including communication and technical skills through an in-depth investigation of a particular area under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is not merely a large system-building exercise. Rather, the principle objective is for students to show initiative, acquire new knowledge, develop basic research skills, and develop insight in assimilating and critically evaluating ideas. The nature of the investigation will depend on the project itself but is likely to include: a literature search; the identification (in collaboration with the supervisor) of a suitable project; the planning and management of the project; the execution of the plan resulting indefensible results; the development and presentation of seminar(s); and, the production of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the project. Other aspects which may be included in some projects include: liaison with other researchers, industry practitioners and/or the community, either working on similar projects or with expertise required for the project, as may be appropriate; and, external presentation of results.

Educational aims

On completion of this topic, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the open research issues in a given area of investigation
  • Further develop analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to research
  • Further develop technical skills relevant to the given area of investigation
  • Further develop high level writing and communication skills through the writing of reports including a final thesis and the delivery of presentations related to the thesis
  • Develop project management skills appropriate to research-oriented investigation
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of discipline fundamentals and research principles, together with mastery of specialist knowledge and familiarity with the research agenda for a particular area
  2. Critically reflect on and interpret existing knowledge, investigate alternatives, and synthesise diverse approaches to generate and evaluate new ideas in a particular research domain
  3. Develop and effectively deliver clear and coherent presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Write a research thesis that presents complex arguments with maturity and sophistication
  5. Exercise creativity and initiative in developing and executing a research program with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.

FULL

If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.