MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS IN BIOLOGY

MAT1MAB

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students 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 strengths and limitations of models to make predictions about ecological sustainability are explored. 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 for two 1-hour problem solving classes per week 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.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Nikolayevsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Lecture materials available on-line

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherDEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

ISBNN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain how mathematical models are derived from biophysical assumptions and what conclusions can be drawn from the models.
02. Apply algebraic techniques to transform equations used to specify mathematical models.
03. Use spreadsheets to investigate the behaviour of mathematical models.
04. Apply simulation techniques to investigate the behaviour of mathematical models.
05. Express mathematical arguments in a clear and concise way.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuri Nikolayevsky

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2 hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
On-line quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO4
Written assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 21 - 31
Twenty four 1.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 21 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2 hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
On-line quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO4
Written assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term 3, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 37 - 47
Twenty four 1.00 h practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2 hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
On-line quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO4
Written assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term L2 , Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2 hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
On-line quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO4
Written assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term L2 , Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYeliz Boglev

Class requirements

Practical Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.00 h practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2 hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
On-line quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Problem class quizzes (equivalent to 400-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
Spreadsheet assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3, SILO4
Written assignments (equivalent to 600-words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5