Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising two 1-hour lectures per week and one 1-hour practice class per week. |
Total Time Commitment:
3 contact hours and 7 hours private study per week.
The following subject, or equivalent:
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
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|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.
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CoordinatorProf Kerry Landman
Prof Kerry A Landman
Modern techniques have revolutionised biology and medicine, but interpretative and predictive tools are needed. Mathematical modelling is such a tool, providing explanations for counter-intuitive results and predictions leading to new experimental directions. The broad flavour of the area and the modelling process will be discussed. Applications will be drawn from many areas including population growth, epidemic modelling, biological invasion, pattern formation, tumour modelling, developmental biology and tissue engineering. A large range of mathematical techniques will be discussed, for example discrete time models, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, stochastic models and cellular automata.
After completing this subject, students will:
Up to 60 pages of written assignments (75%: three assignments worth 25% each, due early, mid and late in semester), a 2-hour written examination (25%, in the examination period).
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
Edelstein-Keshet, L. Mathematical Models in Biology. McGraw Hill, 1987.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) |
Mathematics and Statistics |
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