Courses & Units

Advanced Topics in Mathematical Biology KMA457

Introduction

“Mathematics Is Biology's Next Microscope, Only Better; Biology Is Mathematics' Next Physics, Only Better” - Joel E Cohen (2004)

The topics covered in this unit may differ slightly from year to year based on staff availability and students’ interests. Topics will be broadly chosen from applications of mathematics (and statistics) to solve problems in evolution and ecology. For example, topics may include
• Stochastic models of DNA sequence evolution and their application to phylogenetic inference
• Application of mathematical methods to behavioural, community, and evolutionary ecology.
• Modern statistical methods for assessing biological models using real data
• Dynamic programming and combinatorial optimisation for sequence alignment and phylogenetics
• Applications of algebraic structure in evolution

This unit is an optional unit for students enrolled in Honours Mathematics, Statistics & Decision Science, or by permission of the Unit Coordinator.

Summary

Unit name Advanced Topics in Mathematical Biology
Unit code KMA457
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Professor Barbara Holland
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a wide range of mathematical approaches to solve problems in mathematical biology
  • Provide clear written and verbal presentation of mathematical reasoning applied in a biological context.
  • Identify and explain the way problems arising in biology have motivated mathematical solutions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching

AssessmentTest (30%)|Presentation (10%)|Assignment (multiple) (60%)
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Textbooks

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