Undergraduate Study

Unit Information Sheet for MATH2917: Working Seminar B (Special Studies Program)

This is a seminar series for a small group of 2nd year students worth 3 Credit Points.

The idea is that of a working seminar on a larger topic as run at many major universities with every participant presenting some lectures. The audience is expected to ask questions, and engage in discussions.


Peter Kim

Consultation hour: TBA, Carslaw Building, Room 621.


You can find the list of the speakers/participants, the titles of their talks, references and handouts on the Resource page.

Time and Location

Thursday 3-5pm, Physics Lecture Theatre 2 (Rm 424, click here for a map)

Theme of the SSP Working Seminar

The theme this semester is Game theory with some evolutionary applications.

Reference Book

In this seminar the main reference is the book Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey by R. Duncan Luce and Howard Raiffa


One 50 minute presentation (assessment 40% by staff, 10% by peers) and an essay of about 12 pages on the same topic, due two weeks after the presentation (assessment 40% by staff, 10% by peers).

The essay has to be submitted through Turnitin in the Blackboardi LMS. The timetable of presentations will be agreed in Week 1. Clarity, accuracy, attention to detail and good writing/presentation style will be the major criteria. The convenor will assist you in preparing your presentation and your essay. In order to pass the unit successfully, you must attend all presentations.


The best presentation will be awarded the Rolf Adams Prize No 3 (value $100).

Learning Outcomes

  • Practise effective oral and written communication of mathematics
  • Learn the fundamentals of game theory, particularly applied to social sciences