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SC1102 - Modelling Natural Systems

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

SP2 external mode only available to students undertaking the Certificate of Higher Education

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, R-studio and calculator) will assist with numerical calculations and graphical presentations.

Learning Outcomes

  • translate between verbal, algebraic, numerical, visual and conceptual characterizations of a system to enhance knowledge about natural systems;
  • reinforce the importance of biological and environmental scientists being quantitatively capable, and, mathematical scientists understanding biological and environmental phenomena;
  • undertake basic computing tasks with increased confidence and demonstrate basic computing know-how.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (60%)
  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%).
Prerequisites: MA1020 or Senior Mathematics or equivalent.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Lucas Cernusak.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 3 hours
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 03-Dec-2020
Coordinator: Dr Neil Hutchinson
Lecturer: Mr Alvin Lim Kheng Seng.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 27 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Scott Heron.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 3 hours - Class tests to be held in normal lecture room.
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 48, Internal (Pathway)
Census Date 19-Nov-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Shaun Belward, Assoc. Professor Scott Heron
Lecturers: Mr Kynan Hartog-Burnett, Mr Riccardo Losciale, Ms Clare Magee, Ms Daina Matthews.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 48 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours online lectures
  • 26 hours online collaboration sessions - Tutorials/Workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.