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MT4552 Mathematical Biology 1

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.00 am Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module will explore real world applications of mathematics to biological problems e.g. harvesting of fish stocks, host-parasitoid systems, predator-prey dynamics, molecular interactions. The mathematical techniques used in the modelling will be nonlinear difference equations and ordinary differential equations. The module will be useful to students who wish to specialise in Applied Mathematics in their degree programme.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT3504

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 90%, Coursework (Class Test) = 10%
UG Re-assessment:Take-Home Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C Venkataraman
Module teaching staff:Dr C Venkataraman