University of Technology Sydney

35476 Thesis: Mathematics and Finance (Hons) A

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UTS: Science: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The honours thesis subjects require students to produce a thesis based on an original problem of a theoretical or applied nature. The thesis is expected to demonstrate the student's competency to conceptualise, conduct and present research in a scholarly and independent manner. The project on which the thesis is based is conducted over two sessions in two consecutive subjects of which this is the first. The subject 35477 Thesis: Mathematics and Finance (Hons) B is the second subject and the result in this subject is determined on completion of that subject.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. develop a broad and deeper knowledge of the chosen field of study
2. review and respond to existing academic literature
3. work independently on a topic in the area of specialisation
4. present talks and seminars appropriate to professional meetings or academic conferences
5. prepare a formal report on the findings and results of a project


Assessment task 1: Honours Thesis


The Honours thesis is designed to offer students the experience of writing up an extended document as a record of their academic progress on a research topic. This provides the potential to improve project and time management skills, as well as practice at writing an academic thesis. The development of these skills should aid students who wish to progress into higher research degrees or into commercial consultancy work. This provides an opportunity to assess the abilities of students, both in terms of their abilities to conduct research within the mathematical sciences and also their academic report writing skills.

Type: Thesis
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%

There is no prescribed word limit for an Honours thesis, although you are advised that a thesis should typically be around 50 pages, including references.


Your Honours examiners will each assign your thesis a mark out of 100. This mark will be the sum of the assessed marks for the following four criteria:

Criterion One– Knowledge of Research Field (20 marks)
Criterion Two – Methodology and Mathematical Depth (30 marks)
Criterion Three – Critical Analysis (30 marks)
Criterion Four – Communication Skills (20 marks)

In exceptional cases, where it is felt that the 20/30/30/20 weighting assigned to these criteria is not appropriate for the project, it may be varied. For such projects (for example, in the case of literature reviews of an advanced field of the mathematical sciences) a clear statement of justification and agreed new weightings, signed by both you and your principal supervisor, should be submitted to the Honours Subcommittee not later than one working day before the census date for this subject. For amended weightings of criteria, no single criterion shall be worth more than 50 marks or fewer than 10 marks.

Except in cases when the examiners’ marks for your thesis differ by greater than 10/100, your mark for the thesis component will be the simple arithmetic mean of the examiners’ marks. For cases where the examiners differ by more than 10 in their assessed marks, your thesis mark will be determined by the procedures outlined in the Faculty of Science Honours Subject Information Booklet.

Any thesis submitted later than 5pm on the due-date specified in the Subject Outline may be subject to academic penalties as determined by the Honours Subcommittee. Possible sanctions include the deduction of marks and/or ineligibility for consideration for University Awards, including the University Medal. This does not apply to students whose cases are covered by Section 8.3 – Special consideration of disruption to assessment in the Rules of the University:

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject you must get a final mark of at least 50.

Any thesis submitted without a signed Declaration of Originality and Plagiarism Awareness shall be assessed as incomplete and awarded an X(Fail) grade.