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Area/Catalogue
MATH 2031

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
164401

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

Second Semester
(Study Period 5)
Course owner

Course owner
School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences

Course aim

An introductory course in mathematical modelling through case studies. Students will learn how to determine which are the relevant features of a problem, choose the best mathematical tools to model the problem, how to implement the model, how to calibrate the model, the difference between predictive and descriptive models, the difference between discrete and continuous, deterministic and probabilistic models.

Course content

Model formulation and verification; different types of models (discrete and continuous, deterministic and probabilistic, predictive and descriptive); proportionality and geometric similarity; model fitting with splines; model fitting with the method of least squares; case studies including discrete, continuous, deterministic and probabilistic models.

Textbook(s)

Giordano, Weir, and Fox 2013, A First Course in Mathematical Modelling, 5th, Thompson/Brooks Cole

Prerequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
MATH 1054 Calculus 1
MATH 1056 Linear Algebra
COMP 1040 Programming Fundamentals

Students need one semester of calculus, linear algebra, and programming experience. Courses in probability and Linear Programming are desirable, but not essential.

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Lecture 1 hour x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hour x 12 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Continuous assessment N/A 10% 12 weeks
Assignment 2000 words 20% NA
Presentation NA 20% 20 minutes
Examination NA 50% 3 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Information Technology and Mathematical

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