Biological Modeling 2019

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This page provides practical information about the MSc course Biological Modeling. The course schedule tells you which lecture hall we use, what material will be covered, what exercises to make, and which papers to read. This schedule page reads a Google-calender that you can also download to your phone via this link. The first meeting is Monday 2 September in BOL-0.204 at 13:15h.

We will work with a number of readers and manuals. These will be sold on the fist day of the course (for 20 Euro). They are also available on the web. Start with downloading the main reader, the its answer book, and the math reader. Later in course we will distribute a printed set of papers.

The first six weeks you will learn to develop and analyze mathematical models. We start with a week of mathematics education in which we offer a number of tutorials to learn how to work (better) with parameter-free equations. There are tutorials about solving equations and about sketching functions and isoclines. In the first week we also teach you how to work with matrices, vectors, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Ultimately we will use that to compute a Jacobi matrix with which we will determine the stability of equilibrium.

During the practicals we will work in R and RStudio, using a R-script called grind.R. Please install RStudio and R on your laptop (see the Introduction to R and the tutorial on installing Grind). The models that we use are given here.

The seventh week is free for preparation of the exam on Thursday 17 October. During this exam you are allowed to use the sheet with formulas and the math reader.

The second part of the course consists of a seminar and a project. On Monday 4 November we have an exam about about all material covered in the course, including the papers we read in the seminar. This is an "open book" exam.

For the project we typically start with a recent paper, and you are supposed to repeat the analysis of that paper, read more papers on the topic, and do some additional scientific research. On Thursday November 7 you will give lecture about your project, and hand in a written report. Read these tips about writing reports.

I hope this will be an interesting and challenging course for you!