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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 478
COURSE TITLE: Environmental Modeling
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Darcy Visscher
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to techniques and software programs used to model biological, chemical, physical, or environmental phenomena. Laboratory work will be tailored to students’ interests and needs.

Prerequisites: BIOL 391, MATH 200
COURSE MATERIALS: There is NO assigned textbook for this course.  There will be assigned readings (papers) and lab files (code and assignments) will be posted on moodle, as required.  A very useful book for the course (and the future?) that is not required due to it’s silly cost (but you may find cheap copies online at www.used.addall.com) is:  Haefner, J.W., Modeling Biological Systems. Principles and Applications, 1996, Chapman & Hall.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Exam I 15%
Exam II (noncumulative) 15%
Final Exam (cumulative) 30%
Assignments 10%
Laboratory 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the role of mathematics and modeling in modern biological research.
  • To enhance the students’ understanding of the concepts covered in the lectures by gaining experience by constructing and using biological models during labs.
  • To become proficient at using a widely used and freely available software (R) for analysis and modeling.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to Modeling
  • The Modeling Process
  • Qualitative Model Formulation
  • Quantitative Model Formulation
  • Numerical Techniques
  • Model parameterization and validation
  • Analyzing models
  • Applications:  structured populations
  • Applications:  competition and predation
  • Applications:  infectious disease
  • Applications:  models in space
  • Applications:  individual based models
  • Applications:  metabolic pathways
LAB OUTLINE:
  • Introduction
  • Population growth
  • Annual plant
  • Predator-prey
  • Infectious diseases
  • Individual based models
  • Modeling Projects


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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