Credit points: 15

Subject outline

You will be introduced to how mathematical models are used in biological, biophysical sciences and we will emphasise insight into how models may be derived from biophysical assumptions. A small but representative range of biophysical applications is investigated. The subject is organised in modules, each focusing on a specific application. The subject is delivered mainly on-line. Learning resources including all lecture materials will be available on-line. Students meet one hour per week for a problem solving class to work through problem sets designed to strengthen basic mathematical skills. Considerable use will be made of spreadsheets as a tool for understanding mathematical models and performing calculations.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant Cairns

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLecture materials available on-linePrescribedDepartment of Mathematics and StatisticsDEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS 2009
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain how mathematical models are derived from biophysical assumptions.

Students required to adapt well known models to particular circumstances in written assignment questions.

02. Apply algebraic techniques to transform equations used to specify mathematical models.

Specifically assessed in written assignment and examination questions.

03. Use spreadsheets to investigate the behaviour of mathematical models.

Specifically assessed in spreadsheet assignments.

04. Apply simulation techniques to investigate the behaviour of mathematical models.

Specifically assessed in written assignments and spreadsheet assignments.

05. Express mathematical arguments in a clear and concise way.

Specifically assessed in written assignments.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant Cairns

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1.5 hour written examination40 01, 02, 04, 05
on-line quizzes (equivalent to 800-words in total)10 01
problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)10 02
spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 800-words in total)20 03, 04
written assignments (equivalent to 800-words in total)20 01, 02, 04, 05