• Class Number 9349
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Joan Licata
    • Dr Joan Licata
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

Thesis and presentations comprises honours research and two seminar talks. The thesis contributes 47% to the overall mark and the presentations contribute the remaining 3% of the grade.  Honours students are also required to take four 6-unit courses during the year, and students should check the Department of Mathematics third/fourth year course page for a list of available Honours and special topics courses.  MATH4005 is a variable unit course, and students should enrol in a total of 24 units per semester.  

Research Work:  Research thesis (60 to 100 pages long). It should normally have the form of an in-depth survey article on a particular topic in pure or applied mathematics.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic and its role in modern mathematics.
2. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing,  proving, and explaining concepts from the chosen research area.
3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of relevant sources.
4. Communicate research concepts clearly and effectively in writing and orally.

Research-Led Teaching

Honours in mathematics offers qualified students a first taste of research. While publishable results are not expected, every Honours student will independently investigate advanced material and engage in the process of open-ended inquiry.

The CHM/COS College Honours Handbook and timelines can be downloaded from the College forms-policies-guidlines website.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Formative and summative feedback (oral and written) on the thesis;
  • Formative feedback on first semester seminar talk;
  • Summative feedback on second semester seminar talk.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Students enrolled full-time in Honours should usually plan to take 6 units of MATH4005 in their first semester and 18 units in their second semester, although 12/12 is also possible.

Student who are enrolled part-time or taking a reduced study load should consult the Honours convener for information about the due dates and unit distribution.

Extensions to thesis (and assignment) deadlines will only be granted for health reasons or for unforeseen circumstances (i.e. that arose due to factors beyond the student’s control). Extensions will not be granted for work reasons or due to circumstances that should have been anticipated by you, the student. Extensions to thesis deadlines require careful and complete documentation of the causes and demonstration that the circumstances were beyond the control of the student. Such applications should be discussed with the supervisor, and, following this, with the Honours Convener. The Convener must approve any extension of up to two weeks. Extension of time to submit beyond two weeks after the completion date will be subject to the approval of the Deputy Dean on the recommendation of the Honours convener. Note: No application for an extension will be considered unless the Milestone Completion Form is submitted by the required due date. The Milestone Completion Form has to be submitted by the Monday prior to the thesis submission date.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Overview: The Maths Honours Thesis course is taken as a variable unit course over two consecutive semesters. For every 6 units of enrolment, the expectation is that the student would work a minimum of 8-10 hours/week over the course of the semester. Students enrolled full-time in Honours should usually plan to take 6 units of MATH4005 in their first semester and 18 units in their second semester, although 12/12 is also possible. A student enrolling in full-time Honours for the first time in Semester 1 is expected to submit their thesis in Semester 2 of the same year. Student who are enrolled part-time or taking a reduced study load should consult the Honours convener for information about the due dates and unit distribution. This summary provides a general information for a student enrolling in this course for the first time. It is expected that full-time Honours students will enrol in this course twice over consecutive semesters.
2 The Honours year commences on Monday 27 July. Students are expected to begin discussions with their supervisor(s) and meet with the Honours Convener in advance of classes beginning on 27 July. Milestones - please see 2020 Honours Timeline and Handbook for full details. Thesis Submission - 27 May 2021

Tutorial Registration

Not applicable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Thesis 94 % 27/05/2020 01/07/2020 1,2,3,4
Seminar I 0 % * * 3,4
Seminar II 6 % * * 3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 94 %
Due Date: 27/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


An Honours thesis is the culmination of two semesters of intensive work and should generally be between 60 and 70 pages in length. The thesis will be evaluated by assessors familiar with the subject material, and the thesis is due on the deadline specified by the College of Science Timeline during a student's second semester of full-time enrolment in Honours.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Seminar I

Students are required to give two seminar presentations during their Honours year. The first presentation (25 minutes) is on a mathematics topic of the student's choice and will be scheduled during the semester in consultation with the students in the Honours cohort. Assessment on the first talk consists of formative feedback and and indicative mark. Students are expected to attend each others' presentations unless other arrangements have been made.

Seminar dates will be published on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 6 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Seminar II

Students are required to give two seminar presentations during their Honours year. The final presentation (50 minutes) should describe the thesis research and is generally scheduled shortly after the Honours thesis is submitted. The second seminar is worth 6% of the final Honours mark. Students are expected to attend each others' presentations unless other arrangements have been made. Delivering the final seminar is a hurdle for MATH4005.

Seminar dates will be published on the course Wattle site.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Seminars may be delayed only with written permission from the Honours convener or appropriate College authority.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will be provided with written feedback on their theses after the final Honours marks are released.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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Dr Joan Licata

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