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SC1102 - Modelling Natural Systems

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

By providing the bridge between theory and practice this subject will demonstrate how quantitative and computing methods can be used to describe and enhance our knowledge about natural systems. This subject will be presented by a series of motivating and in depth case studies that span a range of biophysical settings with an emphasis on applications relevant to tropical systems. Computing technologies (Microsoft Excel and calculator) will assist with numerical calculations and graphical presentations.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the advantages of being quantitatively skilled in a scientific environment;
  • define key scientific concepts relevant to the case study;
  • translate between verbal, algebraic, numerical, graphical and conceptual characterisations of a system;
  • integrate methods and theories that span the disciplines of mathematics, science and computing to deliver a richer understanding of natural systems;
  • assess how a natural system may respond under different circumstances through effective construction and application of relevant scientific modelling approaches;
  • formulate recommendations that promote the sustainability of natural systems.
Prerequisites: MA1020 or Senior Mathematics or equivalent and allow concurrent enrolment for MA1020

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Yvette Everingham
Lecturers: Professor Peter Ridd, Professor Sean Connolly, Mr Justin Sexton, Assoc. Professor Yvette Everingham.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 3 hours - Class tests to be held in normal lecture room.
    Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 24-Aug-2017
    Coordinator: Dr Lucas Cernusak
    Lecturers: Dr Lucas Cernusak, Dr Tobin Northfield.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 26 hours tutorials
    • 3 hours
      Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%).

      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.