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Introduction to key ecological and evolutionary models. The course introduces how to solve basic mathematical models and how to use computational tools to explore their solutions. Students learn how to create simple models to understand how complex, real-world processes unfold.
An understanding of basic ecological and evolutionary principles is assumed. If at any stageyou feel that you do not understand the assumed basics, refer to the general referencematerials listed below or seek help from the lecturer concerned as soon as possible.
Intended Learning Outcomes and Associated AssessmentAs a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:● Clearly understand the basic techniques in building theoretical models.● Understand mathematical models and their applications to ecology and evolution.● Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing mathematical models.● Develop new models that reduce complex biological realities to a manageablerepresentation.● Synthesise outcomes of mathematical models to clearly communicate their meaning andtheir relevance in a biological context.Transferable Skills RegisterAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:● Understand theoretical models presented in research papers. This skill is invaluable forstudents pursuing further academic study, but is also a form of problem solving that isapplicable to daily live.● Ability to build and analyze a mathematical model. This ability is a useful way of taking acomplicated world (or problem) and turning it into a manageable representation that canbe solved with the skills in your toolbox. This way of approaching problems will bebroadly applicable to most professional careers.● Basic modeling skills in R. The development of these computational skills will be usefulto anyone pursuing a career in science and technology.● Writing a report on findings. Clear written communication of complex problems isessential for most professional careers.
BIOL209 or 15 Points of 200-level COSC or DATA or EMTH or ENCE or PHYS or MATH or STAT
Domestic fee $900.00
International fee $4,250.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Biological Sciences