- Code BIOL6200
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology
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
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the mathematical reasoning underlying specific biological techniques.
- Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of specific mathematical tools in the analysis of biological data.
- Demonstrate capacity for original mathematical reasoning in a broader biological context.
- Effectively communicate complex quantitative biology concepts to their peers and academic staff, through carefully written technical reports.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Workshops/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)
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Workload3 lectures per week, 2 to 3 hours workshops or practical per week, plus individual work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assumed KnowledgeAssumed knowledge: ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent.
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