Office hours: by appointment
Assignment due dates:  on Jan 24,  on Jan 31,  on
Feb 28,  on Mar 7,  on Mar 21 in class
Draft report due on Apr 04,
Final report due on April 11,
Poster presentations and Oral presentations: on or after
April 15 (time TBA).
Course description from the
course provides students in Specialization and Honors
programs an opportunity to pursue research in
mathematics under the direction of a member of the
Department. Course requirements include at least
one oral presentation and a written final report.
Students interested in taking this course should contact
the course coordinator two months in advance. Credit for
this course may be obtained more than once.
Prerequisites: a 300-level MATH course and consent of
the course coordinator.
Structure of the course
are expected to spend, on average, 6 hours per week on
their research project, in consultation with their
addition, there will be a weekly seminar (Thursday afternoons,
3:30 - 4:50 PM in CAB 281) during which
students will learn about good communication
skills in mathematics and practice those.
course will provide students with a research
experience in mathematics.
will learn deeply about a topic in mathematics that is
not available through regular course offerings.
will sharpen their scientific writing skills, with
particular attention to writing in the field of
Student will learn about and practice
effective oral presentation skills.
and in Class work: 25 %
Oral Presentation: 20%
Written Report: 35%
Final grades will be
decided based on University of Alberta Policy.
As indication of the grading levels: a performance
of 90% or better results in an A or better, a
performance of 80% or better results in B+ or
better. The minimum passing grade is 65 % (C+). I
reserve the right to adjust the scale as to give
better grades, if appropriate.
Students with Disabilities: Students who require
accommodation in this course due to a disability are
advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support
& Disability Services (2-800 Students’ Union
Academic Support Centre: Students who require
additional help in developing strategies for better time
management, study skills or examination skills should
contact the Academic Support Centre (2-703 Students’
Absences: Students are expected to attend all
scheduled seminars and participate actively in
discussions and activities.
Missed Term Work: A student who cannot complete a
term assignment due to incapacitating illness, severe
domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can
apply for extension of time to complete the
assignment. Applications for a deferral must be
made to the course instructor within 48 hours of the
missed assignment due date. Deferral of term work
is a priviledge and not a right; there is no guarantee
that a deferral will be granted. Misrepresentation
of Facts to gain a deferral is a serious break of the
Code of Student Behaviour.
Academic Integrity and Honesty: The University of
Alberta is committed to the highest standards of
academic integrity and honesty. Students are
expected to be familiar with these standards regarding
academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the
University in this respect. Students are
particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the
provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at
and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result
in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation
of facts and/or participation in an offense.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result
in suspension or expulsion from the University.
Cell Phones and Laptops: Cell phones and laptops
are to be turned off during seminars.
Recording: Recording is permitted only with the
prior written consent of the professor or if recording
is part of an approved accommodation plan.
Copyright: Dr. Thomas Hillen, Department of
Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, University of
Disclaimer: Any typographical errors in this
Course Outline are subject to change and will be
announced in class.
about course outlines can be found in section 23.4(2) of
the University Calendar.