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COMO101 Modelling and Computation

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An introduction to mathematical and computational modelling with applications in science, engineering, biomedicine and industry. Topics include the translation of observations into mathematical models, and the use of simulation and numerical methods to evaluate and apply the models.

Paper title Modelling and Computation
Paper code COMO101
Subject Computational Modelling
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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COMO 103
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Professor David Bryant
Paper Structure
Main topics:
  • Introduction to estimation and mathematical modelling
  • Difference equations and dynamical models
  • Data fitting and numerical methods
  • Randomness and stochastic models
  • Uncertainty quantification
Teaching Arrangements
Three lectures per week and a one hour computer lab per week.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will develop skills in

  • Mathematical and computational modelling
  • Interdisciplinary thinking
  • Communication and writing

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
U1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
U2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41
U3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
U4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41
U5 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41