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Study Computational Modelling at Otago

Crunching the big problems.

Computational Modelling formulates and models real-world problems, then uses computing to develop solutions.

You could help create a new product – a pacemaker, a refrigerator, or perhaps part of a satellite – to see whether it works at a theoretical level before a company commits time and money to building the real thing. You might model the survival of an endangered species, plan how to map the wave patterns of the ocean from space, or optimise the layout of components in a new type of dishwasher.

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Why study Computational Modelling?

Being able to formulate a real-world problem, develop the model and then use computers to find a theoretical solution is a powerful and rewarding skill set. Computational Modelling has relevance to a huge variety of fields, and people with these skills are highly sought after.

Computational Modelling is being increasingly recognised and valued as applicable in a growing number of sectors.

Career opportunities

Career prospects in Computational Modelling are excellent. Opportunities abound in all areas of product development, financial modelling and business, physical and health science, animal and plant science, process engineering, food technology, design, telecommunications, software development, and information technology.

Chances are you’ll begin your career by joining an existing firm. You could work for a large company, helping them with the development of their own products.

Consultancy is one of the fastest growing career options for many scientific disciplines. Consultancy work is project based, with plenty of variety and opportunities for travel.

Your skills will also make you a valuable asset to any engineering firm, and with your advanced programming abilities, there will also be plenty of scope to work in the computer industry. With the business knowledge you gained during your degree, and some industry experience under your belt, you’ll be well qualified to become your own boss, if you want to start your own innovative business venture.

Background required

Because of its substantial mathematical content, high school students will need a good pass in Year-13 Maths. Experience or familiarity with computing and/or physics also helps, but it is not essential.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

*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

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Computational Modelling

Year Papers Points
100-level

COMO 101  Computational Mathematics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

One of:
COMP 151 Programming for Scientists*
COMP 161 Computer Programming*
COMP 162 Foundations of Computer Science*

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

*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

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.

 

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

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.

Minor subject requirements

Computational Modelling as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMO 101  Modelling and Computation

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

One of:
COMP 151 Programming for Scientists*
COMP 161 Computer Programming*
COMP 162 Foundations of Computer Science*

18

18

18

200-level

COMO 204  Differential Equations

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

18

18

300-level

COMO 303  Numerical Methods

18

Total   108

*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
COMO101 2020 Modelling and Computation 18 points Second Semester
COMO204 2020 Differential Equations 18 points Second Semester
COMO303 2020 Numerical Methods 18 points First Semester
COMO480 2020 Research Project 40 points Not offered in 2020

Key information for future students

Contact us

Associate Professor David Bryant
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Tel +64 3 479 7889
Email david.bryant@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/sciences/study/applied-science