• Offered by Department of Mathematics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Research
    Specialist
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr John Urbas
    • Dr Conrad Burden
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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The course is a natural continuation of MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling. However, MATH6100 is not a formal prerequisite for this course since it begins with a brief overview of the main concepts of MATH6100.

Topics covered include:

  • The necessary concepts and techniques from the probability theory will be introduced. They will be applied to assessing the significance of the score of pairwise alignments of biological sequences.
  • A brief introduction to maximum likelihood estimates and apply this general statistical theory to the Markov chains and hidden Markov models (HMMs) studied in MATH6100.
  • Finally, the derivation of PAM and BLOSUM scoring matrices will be explained.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be 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. Explain the fundamental concepts of a special topic in bioinformatics and its role in modern mathematics and applied contexts.
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of specific bioinformatics techniques.
3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing, proving and explaining concepts from bioinformatics.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is expected to be based on:

  • Three assignments (worth 10% each; LO 1-3)
  • Final examination (70%; LO 1-3)

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Workload

Subject to staff availability. 36 lectures and regular tutorials.

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. 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:
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
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1819 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1798 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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