• Offered by Department of Mathematics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Barry Croke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The use of mathematical models has grown rapidly in recent years, owing to the advent of cheap and powerful computers, expanding from applications in the physical and earth sciences to the biological and environmental sciences, and now into industry and commerce.

In this course we study:

  • The process of starting with an initial succinct non-mathematical description of a problem
    Formulate associated mathematical models.
  • Introduce new mathematical techniques and then determine and interpret solutions that are useful in a real life context.
  • General computational and mathematical techniques and strategies will be introduced by examining specific scientific and industrial problems.

The topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Model type selection and formulation
  • Data analysis techniques (time/space and frequency domain)
  • State Space and Transfer Function Models
  • Model Structure Identification
  • Testing and Sensitivity Analysis

Computations will be done using modern high level scientific computing environments such as SCILAB or PYTHON. 

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Design a model based on the basic processes and behaviour of a system and different ways of representing them
2. Evaluate the issues in building and evaluating models, taking into account their purpose and prior knowledge
3. Explain and use some important modelling tools (transfer function, state space, frequency-domain and DE-based models as well as data analysis techniques)
4. Discuss the role of modelling in both industry and science
5. Explain sensitivity and uncertainty analysis techniques

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Project designing and evaluating a model for a selected system (30%; LO 1, 2)
  • Three assignments demonstrating ability to apply techniques (10% each; LO 2, 3, 5)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Department of Mathematics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2520
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7993 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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