**Requirements/prerequisites:** Students must find a member of staff in College willing to
supervise their work and must agree the arrangements with the course
coordinator as outlined in the rules below. Please consult the
coordinator for suggestions about suitable
topics and supervisors.

**Duration:**

**Number of lectures per week:**

**Assessment:**

**End-of-year Examination:**

**Description: **

**Rules adopted for Senior Sophister Projects by the
School of Mathematics.**

**1. Basic Rules**

Senior Sophister students of the Mathematics Moderatorship
may choose to take a project/thesis course (499) as one of
their 5 group III Sophister courses, provided that the agreement of the
course 499 coordinator is explicitly given and that a member of staff is
willing to supervise the work.

The basic standard of the work should correspond to a Sophister course in depth and difficulty. A written thesis must be submitted and the students concerned will also be asked to make an oral presentation of their work. The external examiner will assess the marking of the projects along with examination scripts.

The Chairman of the School of Mathematics will appoint a course 499 coordinator for each academic year.

Students and their project/thesis supervisors should arrange to meet on a regular basis to discuss the progress of the work.

**2. Deadlines**

Work on the project must commence before the second week of Michaelmas
term in the Senior Sophister year and the agreement of the course 499
coordinator should be obtained by this time. Students may opt to
discontinue the project before the end of Michaelmas term and change
to a regular (group III) course.

The supervisor of the project/thesis should warn the student during Michaelmas term if the work is not proceeding satisfactorily.

Theses should be completed and submitted by the first day of Trinity term. Oral presentations of the project/thesis should take place before the end of Trinity teaching term.

Theses must be submitted to the course 499 coordinator who will give each student a written and mydated receipt. The coordinator will keep a copy receipt counter-signed by the student and will arrange for the thesis to be examined (normally by the supervisor and one other member of staff). Each thesis must include a statement signed by the student that the thesis is their own work except where due citations are given.

**3. Progress Report**

In December, each project/thesis supervisor will submit a formal
(written)
progress report on each student to the course 499 coordinator
answering the questions:

- Is the student making adequate progress on the project/thesis?
- Should the student be required to abandon the project and take a group III course instead?

Each student will be given a copy of the report on their work.

**4. Marking Criteria**

Theses/projects should be marked according to the following criteria

Oral presentation | 10% |

Bibliography | 5% |

Clarity of exposition and style of writing | 20% |

Difficulty of the topic | 25% |

Understanding of the material (including execution of any software or practical part of the project, conclusions reached) | 30% |

Originality | 10% |

Theses submitted more than 1 week late will be liable to be be penalised by 10% of the total marks times the number of weeks they are late.

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