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MA3211 - Mathematical Modelling and Differential Equations

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
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This subject provides students with hands-on modelling skills for a wide variety of problems involving rates of change. While we focus on growth and decay processes, populations and heating and cooling processes, the mathematical techniques presented can be applied to many other areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • construct a model, including the conversion of a seemingly complex problem into a much simpler one;
  • employ analytical, graphical, and computational tools, to analyse the behaviour of models under changing conditions;
  • validate models, recognising strengths and limitations;
  • employ a variety of analytical and computational techniques to solve ordinary and partial differential equations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (40%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: MA2000 AND (MA2210 OR MA2201)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Mr Patrick Higgins
Lecturers: Dr Martijn van de Pol, Mr Patrick Higgins.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 52 hours workshops
  • 13 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.