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Project Course in Mathematics, 30 Credits

Swedish name: Projektkurs i matematik

This syllabus is valid: 2018-01-08 and until further notice

Course code: 5MA187

Credit points: 30

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Mathematics: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2018-03-09


The course aims to develop the student's skills in working with mathematical problems close to research, in project form. This includes defining a project in relation to a research question, and to develop the understanding of how project work relates to research practice. The course consists of a project work that includes planning, description, completion, and reflection of research in project form. Within the framework of the course the relation between the project work and research methodology and a scientific reasoning is discussed.

Expected learning outcomes

For a passing grade, the student must be able to

Knowledge and understanding
  • show deepened knowledge in some field in mathematics
  • collect information from both summarized articles and scientific original articles
  • conduct an independent project work corresponding to the size and level of the course
  • independently present the result of the project orally in English
  • present the project in a small report, written in English
Judgement and approach
  • value the results of the project from a scientific perspective

Required Knowledge

The course requires a total of 60 ECTS on advanced level in Mathematics or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English 5/A.

Form of instruction

 The teaching consists of individual supervision of project work.

Examination modes

The examination consists of an oral project presentation and a written project report. On poth parts, the judgement G (Passed) or U (Failed) is awarded. The course grade is set when both parts are judged. To get the grade G (Passed) both parts have to be judged as passed.

A student who has been awarded a passing grade for the course cannot be reassessed for a higher grade. Students who do not pass a test or examination on the original date are given another date to retake the examination. A student who has sat two examinations for a course or a part of a course, without passing either examination, has the right to have another examiner appointed, provided there are no specific reasons for not doing so (Chapter 6, Section 22, HEO). The request for a new examiner is made to the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Examinations based on this course syllabus are guaranteed to be offered for two years after the date of the student's first registration for the course.

Credit transfer
All students have the right to have their previous education or equivalent, and  their working life experience evaluated for possible consideration in the corresponding education at Umeå university. Application forms should be adressed to Student services/Degree evaluation office. More information regarding credit transfer can be found on the student web pages of Umeå university,, and in the Higher Education Ordinance (chapter 6). If denied, the application can be appealed (as per the Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12) to Överklagandenämnden för högskolan. This includes partially denied applications



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