# MA235 Content

**Content**: An introduction to the way in which mathematical modelling and analysis is used to understand biological and biomedical systems. Examples will be drawn from a range of biological systems and basic modelling and analysis methodology will be introduced..

**Aims**:

**•*** *to introduce basic modelling and analysis methodology in a practical manner, based on a series of simple case studies;

**•*** *to give a taste of applications of mathematics in the life sciences;

**•*** *to rehearse and reinforce basic material on ordinary differential equations in an applied context.;

**•*** *to appreciate the importance of mathematics for contemporary biological and biomedical research.

Objectives: At the end of the module you should be able:

**•*** *to translate a simple biological problem into a mathematical model;

**•*** *to give a biological interpretation for simple systems of ODEs and their behaviour;

**•*** *to apply some well-known techniques for analysing models;

**•*** *to apply the same modelling methodology to simple problems in other disciplines such as engineering, computer science or economics

**Books**:

*Mathematical Models of Biological Systems*, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-958218-1.