MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS IN BIOLOGY
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorGrant Cairns
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Lecture materials available on-line||Prescribed||Department of Mathematics and Statistics||DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS 2009|
|Readings||FSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)||Recommended||Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering||LA 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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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Online
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant Cairns
Two 1.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|One 1.5 hour written examination||40||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|