Mathematics for Biomedicine

Subject MAST10016 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week; 1 x one hour practice class per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours


Admission to the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

The pre-requisite for the subject Mathematics for Biomedicine is VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4 or equivalent. The subject is not a replacement for VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4; it covers different material.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce mathematical techniques to illustrate the importance of quantitative modelling in biomedicine. Quantitative models will be explored in a variety of biomedical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how biological principles can give rise to quantitative models. Topics to be explored in a quantitative context include genetic variation over many generations, dynamic processes at the cellular level and organ level and the modeling of the spread of infectious diseases among populations.


On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the importance of mathematical principles underlying some topics in biomedical science;
  • Be able to explain and apply these principles, using logical and mathematical reasoning, to a variety of familiar and novel situations in biomedicine and public health policy.

Ten written assignments due at weekly intervals throughout the semester amounting to a total of up to 50 pages of written work (25%); an oral presentation due during the semester (5%); and a 3-hour written examination conducted during the examination period (70%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in the health sciences, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:

  • problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
  • analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
  • communication skills;
  • collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
  • time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine

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