- Code MATH6100
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Mathematics
- Areas of interest Mathematics
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
The course begins with a detailed discussion of sequence alignment algorithms that are critical for assessing the relatedness of DNA, RNA and amino acid sequences. We then proceed to studying Markov chains and hidden Markov models as important examples of biological models for such sequences. The main algorithms and several applications will be explained. Finally, a broad range of examples of applications of mathematics in biology, both at the molecular and macroscopic level, will be given. These may include current research being done at the ANU and readings published research papers. The course is accompanied by computing exercises which explore the implementation of algorithms and their assessment though analysis of synthetic data.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately, with extra assignment questions set at an advanced level.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain thoroughly models for the evolution and comparison of biological sequences and their applications.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of probabilistic concepts such as probability spaces, conditional probability, Markov chains, and stationary distributions.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the main principles of mathematical modelling in biology and the capacity to construct mathematical models.
- Four assignments (60) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per semester (total 3 hours) plus 1 x 1 hour workshop per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
Current statement: Regular meetings and workshops.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
No prescribed texts
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