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Study Computational Modelling at Otago

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Overview


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are the backbone of a modern economy. A computational modeller bridges the gap between mathematics and the other STEM disciplines. When industrial scientists want to use mathematics and computing to solve a problem, they need computational modelling.

A computational modeller studies problems and processes in the real world and then distills the key features into mathematical equations to construct a model.

A well designed model is the key to a successful outcome, while a badly designed model will make any mathematical solution worthless. It is no wonder that skilled computational modellers are in high demand. We are fortunate to have some of the top mathematical and computational modellers at the University of Otago.

The COMO programme will help you develop the skills for successful computational modelling. Many students take COMO courses as part of a degree in another discipline; others specialise in computational modelling itself.

If you are interested in Computational Modelling, contact the programme director Professor David Bryant (como@maths.otago.ac.nz)

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Qualifications

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

Papers

See the full list of Computational Modelling (COMO) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Computational Modelling

Year Papers Points
100-level

COMO 101  Computational Mathematics

COMP 150  Practical Programming, or COMP 160 General Programming

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

18

200-level

COMO 204  Differential Equations

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

300-level

COMO 303  Numerical Methods

MATH 304  Partial Differential Equations

At least two further COSC, MATH or STAT papers

18

18

36

 

162 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers

162

Total  

360

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Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Computational Modelling

No new enrolments are currently being accepted for this subject.

Papers
  • COMO 480  Research Project

  • COMO 401 Modelling 2 (this paper is not currently offered)

  • Three 400-level COSC or MATH papers

    Note: With approval from the Programme Director, other relevant 400-level papers may be substituted for COSC or MATH papers.

 

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Computational Modelling

No new enrolments are currently being accepted for this subject.

Papers
  • COMO 401 Modelling 2 (this paper is not currently offered)

  • Three papers at 400-level from BIOE 403, COSC, ELEC, MATH or STAT papers

  • Three further approved papers at 400-level

  • APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study, or APPS 598 Workplace-based Project

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Master of Science (MSc) in Computational Modelling

No new enrolments are currently being accepted for this subject.

Papers and Thesis
  • COMO 401 (this paper is not currently offered)

  • MATH 495 Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Three further approved papers at 400-level from MATH, STAT, COSC, or ELEC

  • Thesis: COMO 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

Computational Modelling as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMO 101  Modelling and Computation

COMP 150  Practical Programming or COMP 160 General Programming

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

200-level

COMO 204  Differential Equations

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

18

18

300-level

COMO 303  Numerical Methods

18

Total   108

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