Mathematics at Stirling reflects the ever-increasing need in the professions for graduates who not only have quantitative skills but also know how to use them. The course takes a fresh approach to the teaching of Mathematics and this is evident both in the style of teaching and in the emphasis on real world model building and problem solving.
This is made possible by fully integrating the newly equipped mathematics computing laboratories into the teaching process, making Mathematics as much an experimental as a theoretical subject. This leads to a considerable gain in motivation and understanding.
Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Applications degree has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Our programme meets the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment.
The Honours degree programme has been designed to cover the wide range of skills required by the practising graduate mathematician. For example:
The great advantage of the Stirling semester system, which splits the academic year into two 15 week semesters, is that the course units spanning a semester contain sufficient material for the unit to be assessed by the end of that semester. Rather than a large block of examinations in the summer the assessment at Stirling, through coursework and end of semester examination, is spread throughout the year. Typically, coursework consists of a series of tests but increasingly, certainly in the more advanced units, these tests are being replaced by projects which tackle life-size problems. In such projects students also develop a range of transferable skills including oral presentation, report writing and familiarity with IT.
The heart of the teaching process is the weekly tutorial class taking place in the mathematics computing laboratories. These are small scale classes, with 12 students on average in a class. Assignments tackled by the students are graded and returned to the student by the next tutorial to enable both the student and the tutor to assess the progress being made week by week. In this way students are kept on track and ready to perform well in the formal assessed tasks.
Under the University's current Advising Scheme, all undergraduate and postgraduate students, both full-time and part-time, have access to Advising Teams who are members of staff with formal responsibility for offering advice and guidance on academic matters and for providing information on support services organised within the University community.