The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with firsthand experience at solving real-world problems in a team environment. Student teams will be asked to solve a problem faced by a company or not-for-profit organization and to exploit all their knowledge and skills in order to develop a satisfactory solution for the problem. The course provides students with a challenge similar to the ones faced by practitioners in industry and requires creative thinking and application of mathematical skills to develop a satisfactory solution. The course concludes with presentation of an analysis of the problem and the proposed solution. Students will be mentored and guided by course lecturers throughout the semester.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Have developed skills to scope, structure, and deliver on projects;

2. Have been able to approach real world business problems with quantitative techniques;

3. Have learned to communicate, verbally and orally, to project stakeholders; and

4. Have been exposed to the realities of business processes and decision making.


Students will be supported to identify an unstructured business problem and will be asked to propose a solution to that business problem. To be able to do so, students will have to:

  • familiarise themselves with the problem and produce a detailed problem statement
  • scope a project to address key aspects of the problem, and prepare a project proposal
  • gather and analyse data relevant to the problem (statistical analysis)
  • investigate whether the problem or similar problems have been addressed before (literature search)
  • formulate an appropriate model (mathematical modelling)
  • develop a solution approach to solve the model (algorithm development)
  • conduct a computational study, interpret the results, and draw conclusions
  • prepare a final report on their results.

The course will include provision of material on principles and practices of mathematical consulting, on working in teams, on preparation of reports, and presentation of quantitative studies. The course will not be delivered in lecture format, but via direct supervision of student teams.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of at least 4 mathematics or statistics courses at 2000/3000 level, at least 2 of which must be at 3000 level.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations

Report: Reports