Practice Transfer Adopters: Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving: Swansea
At Swansea, our undergraduate programmes are structured with the first two years focussing on a core of pure mathematics with options offered in mechanics, statistics and numerics to provide a thorough foundation in the essentials of mathematics. There is then a wide choice of modules for students in their third year. However, we do not currently offer any modules focussing on mathematical modelling beyond that included in mechanics. We intend to rectify this shortcoming by introducing a third year module on modelling thereby adopting the good practice developed at Manchester and Keele. This module will focus on the application of knowledge to solving real world problems using the mathematics developed over the first two years of study. It will also develop our students’ skills in problem solving, the use of computers, and technical writing. This will improve our students’ interest in mathematical careers, enhance their employability and provide them with an appreciation of the role of mathematics in society and business.
We will implement a level 3 module on mathematical modelling following the practice developed by Manchester and Keele.
The contribution of the Department will be the following expenses:
1. Provision of teaching room/timetabling,
2. Administrative support for the module,
3. Provision of IT facilities for students,
4. Use of e-learning services such as Blackboard,
5. The time of one of the three module lecturers (J. Giansiracusa).
We will use the HE STEM funds to cover the cost of:
1. Time of the other module lecturers for development and delivery (Not J. Giansiracusa),
2. Marking student coursework,
3. Purchasing teaching materials.