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MA262-15 Scientific Communication

Warwick Mathematics Institute
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Helena Verrill
Credit value
Module duration
45 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

It is a multifaceted module covering various aspects of scientific communication from presenting a research paper to presenting yourself to the job market.

Module aims

Complete learning of Python. Learn LaTeX and Excel. Review the first year material at the beginning of the second year. Prepare the students for the job market. Provide an opportunity for students to learn Mathematics directly from books and other sources and to develop research skills. Develop written and oral exposition skills.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Latex, Python and Excel mini-courses on moodle
  • Year 1 Refresher
  • Employability study
  • Mathematical Essay
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Learn how to write Mathematics
  • Practice various presentation skills
  • Improve the programming skills in Python
  • Develop research skills
  • Learn essential transferrable skills improving job market competitiveness
Indicative reading list

The reading list is going to change due to the extended remit of this module

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Research element

The students will research their own topics for the essay, and look through many sources to come up with their own story but they will not be doing any original research.

Subject specific skills

It is a multi-component module, where the students will learn several research and communication tools. It will include further mastering of Python as well as getting familiar with LaTex and Excel. For the essay itself the students have the opportunity to choose their own topic, and then to learn some in-depth mathematics directly from books and other sources. They will develop written and oral exposition skills and learn how to write mathematics well. They will develop research skills, including planning, use of library and the internet.

Transferable skills
  • independent study
  • research skills
  • formal writing & typesetting
  • essay and curriculum vitae writing
  • presentation skills
  • experience of working under a supervisor
  • Python, Excel and LaTeX (which could be replaced if other tools become standard

Study time

Type Required
Online learning (independent) 4 sessions of 3 hours (8%)
Private study 32 hours (21%)
Assessment 106 hours (71%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Research for various components


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Essay 30% 40 hours

Word limit: 12 pages

Essay Presentation 10% 4 hours

Essay presentation

Python Mini-Course 3 Assessment 15% 10 hours

Moodle based mini-course assessment

Latex Mini-Course Assessment 10% 12 hours

Moodle based mini-course assessment

Excel Mini-Course Assessment 10% 10 hours

Moodle based mini-course assessment

Year 1 Refresher Homework 15% 15 hours

Long homework to refresh the first year linear algebra and analysis

Employability Study 10% 15 hours

CV, setting up a profile, career path document

Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
Essay 40%

Word limit: 12 pages

Python Mini-Course 3 Assessment 25%
Excel Mini-Course Assessment 10%
Year 1 Refresher Homework 15%
Employability Study 10%

CV, setting up a profile, career path document

Feedback on assessment

Formative feedback available from the personal tutor throughout year. Assessment of earlier components is available during the year.


Course availability information is based on the current academic year, so it may change.

This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-G105 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)
  • UMAA-G100 Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc)
    • Year 2 of G100 Mathematics
    • Year 2 of G100 Mathematics
    • Year 2 of G100 Mathematics
  • UMAA-G103 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath)
    • Year 2 of G100 Mathematics
    • Year 2 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)
    • Year 2 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G1NC Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G1N2 Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G101 Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-GL11 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics
  • Year 2 of UECA-GL12 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year)