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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Modelling and Computation
    Subject Computational Modelling
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    COMO 103
    Schedule C

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    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.

    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    A4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    A5 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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