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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This course deals with the mathematics behind the dynamics of populations; both populations of free-living organisms (from plants to predators) and those that cause disease. Once the basic models and concepts have been introduced attention will focus on understanding the many complexities that can arise, such as age-structure, spatial structure, temporal forcing and stochasticity. The focus of the course will be how mathematical models can help us both predict the future behaviour of populations and understand their dynamics.

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Other essential notes

Prerequisites: MA390 Topics in Mathematical Biology provides some useful background material as does MA240 Modelling Nature's Nonlinearity, and MA235 Introduction to Mathematical Biology.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA4E7-15)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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