• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brett Parker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.

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. This course also provides a pathway to 1000 level mathematics courses. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and apply the basic concepts of calculus and linear algebra.
  2. Understand and apply the basic concepts of probability and statistics.
  3. Write elementary computer codes using the statistical programming language R.
  4. Apply the basic concepts of mathematics, statistics and computing to simple biological problems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop and lectorial activities, including quizzes (12) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Online pre-class quizzes (3) [LO 1,4]
  3. Assignments (15) [LO 1,4]
  4. Midterm Exam (20) [LO 1,4]
  5. Programming assignment (7) [LO 2,3,4]
  6. In class tests (36) [LO 2,3,4]
  7. End of semester online quiz (7) [LO 2,3,4]

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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:
  • In weeks 1-6: 1 x 2 hour lectorial, 1 x 2 hour workshop plus 2 hours of preparation per week
  • In weeks 7-12: 1 hour of pre-recorded lectures, 1 x 1 hour of live flipped classroom activities, 1 x 3-hour workshop plus 2 hours of preparation per week
  • Approximately 52 hours of self directed study, which will include preparation for lectorials, workshops plus individual work and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

.To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL1003 or BIOL1004. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously studied either MATH1013 or MATH1113 or MATH1115 or BIOL6200.

Prescribed Texts

Not required.

Assumed Knowledge

Year 12 ACT Mathematical Applications, NSW General Mathematics, or equivalent in other states.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3130 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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