ACM30090 Mathematical Biology

Academic Year 2023/2024

The aim of this module is to introduce the tools required to mathematically model and analyse biological systems. The module will cover topics such as:
• Population growth and decay
• Infectious disease models
• Cellular biology
• Biological oscillations
• Tumour modelling

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should:
• Be familiar with a range of mathematical techniques used for modelling and analysing biological systems
• Have a good understanding of how maths can be used to understand and explore biological systems
• Be able to construct and interpret a set of ordinary differential equations to describe different biological scenarios
• Be comfortable simulating a mathematical model in Python
• Be able to critically analyse a scientific paper

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, tutorials, enquiry and problem-based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must take ACM30190 in the Autumn to register for this module in Spring. In addition, they should have taken ACM10060 or ACM10100 and ACM20150 prior to taking this course.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ACM10060 - Appl of Differential Equations, ACM10100 - Differential & Diff Equations, ACM20150 - Vector Calculus

Additional Information:
Student must have taken ACM10060 or ACM10100

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of semester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Research based project Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

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Mathematical Biology, by James D. Murray
Essential Mathematical Biology, by Nicholas F. Britton