• Offered by Research School of Biology and the Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Conrad Burden
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL2001
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course equips biology students with skills in basic mathematics, statistics and computing in preparation for areas of biology which require quantitative data analysis. Such skills are important for experimental design and for analysing and interpreting quantitative datasets arising from modern bioinformatics and biological modelling. Topics covered include introductory calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and elementary computer programming. Examples will be given of quantitative problems arising in biological contexts. Laboratory and/or field practicals may be used for data gathering.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the mathematical reasoning underlying specific biological techniques.
  2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of specific mathematical tools in the analysis of biological data.
  3. Demonstrate capacity for original mathematical reasoning in a broader biological context.
  4. Effectively communicate complex quantitative biology concepts to their peers and academic staff, through carefully written technical reports.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Tutorials/quizzes (20%, LO1-3)
  • Practical Assignments (30%, LO 1-3)
  • End of semester exam (30%, LO 1-3)
  • Research project based on a specific example from published scientific literature and biological dataset (20%; LO 4)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

3 lectures per week, 2 to 3 hours tutorial or practical per week, plus individual work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL2001

You will need to contact the Research School of Biology or Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge: ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4767 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions