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CH924 - Mathematical and Numerical Modelling Techniques

  • Module code: CH924
  • Module name: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling Techniques
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce students to modelling and simulation for biological systems.

Principal learning outcomes

"(a) Subject knowledge and understanding Key ingredients of mathematical modelling of cellular processes. How a model is constructed. Key elements of the required mathematical background material. Introduction to deterministic and stochastic dynamical systems describing temporal biological processes. Simulation: Transfer of mathematical problems to computers, introduction to standard simulation packages. Principles of bio-molecular population dynamics and cellular networks. Understanding the nature of stochasticity in such systems. Diffusion processes, transport equations. (b) Key Skills Students will be able to describe problems arising in molecular and cell-biology with the help of mathematical frameworks. The principles of this modelling process based on biological knowledge and mathematical insight will become core skills of students. Students will also acquire basic skills to solve mathematical problems with the help of computers. Students will learn how to integrate these techniques with their wet-laboratory activities in order to increase the power of their research; (c) Cognitive Skills The key challenge for this module is for students to be able to transfer biological language/problems into mathematical frameworks. They will also further understand the relation between model assumptions and biological reality. (d) Subject-Specific/Professional Skills; Integration and interpretation of different biological data into a consistent mathematical framework and use of this to improve wet-laboratory research."

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures for the module 15 hours; Workshops for the module 15 hours; Seminars for the module 5 hours; Total contact hours 35 hours;

Departmental link

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: CH924-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 4