Skip to main content

Module

BIO3049 : Biological Modelling

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stephen Rushton
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To introduce students to the methodology of designing and implementing biological models for tactical and strategic research. Introduce students to programme design and developments.

Outline Of Syllabus

The timetable has two blocks of teaching activities: lectures and practicals in the computer laboratory.


The course will consist of three components:

i) Introduction to the theory behind biological modelling. This will comprise 5-6 hours of lectures where students are introduced to different approaches and different applications. The emphasis will be on when, where and how one models different systems. During the course of developing their own model, students will be assessed on defining the problem, scoping the problem, formulation of conceptual diagrams and mathematical formulation of the problem.

ii) Introduction to use of R as a programming language.

iii) Development, testing and application of a model tailored to the individual students interests. This element of the course involves computing, analysis and write up of reports. The majority of this work including the writing is undertaken under supervision. Students are trained to write their reports as an academic publication.

iv) Introduction to problem solving using a modelling approach. This aims to discuss how one would create a model and use it to solve a real ecological problem.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable