[CM2]Published: Thursday, 02 February 2017
Dear all, attendance at yesterday's meeting for second year CM students was fairly low.Thanks to those who were there, and to those who have told me why they couldn't come.
attendance at yesterday's meeting for second year CM students was fairly low. Thanks to those who were there, and to those who have told me why they couldn't come.
Picking the right units for you now is really important because of the impact this will have on what you can do in Year 3.
Here are the important highlights regarding yuor second semester MATH choices:
- The only authoritative list of course units that exist and that you can, in principle, choose is on the Maths webpages. In particular the list of units that appear on the Options page on the CS webpages only gives a shorter list of pre-approved units.
- In maths, prerequisites are much more serious than in CS. Before the end of next week, when unit choices have to be finalzied, you must look ahead to Year 3 and check that with your currently chosen units you can find 70 credits of third year material that you would be happy to take.
- The School of Mathematics is currently restructuring its curriculum. This means that some units will no longer be available in Year 3 (because they are now restricted to Year 4) and some course units are being/have been phased out (Mathematical Programming no longer exists). That's why it is important not to just find a minimal number of credits among the current third year units. If you go on placement next year then you need to be even more careful about looking ahead.
- Think hard about which second year units you like, and why, and use that as a basis for looking for other units. Talk to me if you need advice on which bits of mathematics match up. You have until the end of next week to try out units - take advantage of that!
- Don't just take something because all your friends are taking it.
- If you hated analysis then don't stick with metric spaces.
- You can take some second year units in the third year, so be strategic this semester by picking units that are prerequisites for other units, and leave units that don't go anywhere for later.