• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Conrad Burden
    • Dr Francis Hui
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course MATH6100
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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. The course is accompanied by computer lab sessions to gain practice in the language and environment for statistical and mathematical computing and graphics, R

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand basic models for the evolution and comparison of biological sequences.

2. Understand and apply basic probabilistic concepts such as conditional probability, Markov chains, 

and hidden Markov models.

3. Understand the main principles of mathematical modelling in biology.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Three assignments (20% each; LO 1-4)
  • Final exam (40%; LO 1-4)

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Workload

Three lectures per week and regular tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 12 units of 1000 levels Mathematics (MATH) courses including either MATH1014 or MATH1116. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed MATH6100.

Majors

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:
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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7806 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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