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Mathematics/Statistics for Biologists MA116F

 

Mathematics/Statistics for Biologists MA116F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Undergraduate
Course type Compulsory for BSc in Biology
Start semester Spring 2020
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

The course consists of mathematics and statistics. Mathematics: An elementary introduction to functions of one variable. Graphing, maximum and minimum problems. Exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Differentiation. The statistical part is applied for biological issues: Describing data. Probability and combinatorics. Discrete and continuous probability distributions. Estimates and hypothesis testing. Regression analysis.

Costs

No tuition fees except for semester registration fee, course literature and calculator

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge The student should:

  • Have knowledge of the ordinary functions of one variable
  • Understand the difference of the average rate of change and the instantaneous rate of change of a function
  • Have knowledge of the most used descriptive measurements of data, probability distributions and inference techniques
  • Understand the difference between a population parameter and the sample estimate of the parameter

Skills The student should:

  • Be able to do elementary algebraic simplifications and be able to solve equations
  • Be able to use the derivative to analyse functions of one variable
  • Be able to use elementary probability theory
  • Be able to use elementary estimation theory and perform elementary hypothesis tests

General Competence The students should:

  • Be able to carry out necessary problem- solving when working with mathematics tasks
  • Be able to carry out necessary problem- solving when working with statistics tasks

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures Small groups Hand-in exercises
Mathematics from secondary school/high school.

Permitted examination aids

Pen, pencil, ruler, simple calculator and bi-lingual dictionary.

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Exam description

Due to the Covid-19 epedemic, a number of assessments and exams at Nord University has been changed.

Changes are made in accordance with the Temporary Regulations on Supplements to Regulation 31/01/2019 no. 63: Concerning Studies and Examinations at Nord University - Extraordinary Measures as a Result of the Coronavirus Epidemic- according to §2 of the Corona Epidemic, Assessment Methods, Sections 1-3

To accommodate this, the form of assessment in the spring of 2020 is changed from a school exam with a letter grade to a home exam with a pass / fail for this course. Same duration; 6 hours.

Assessment and examinations

Written examination , 6 hours, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F

Overlapping courses

MA107E Introduction to financial mathematics - 5 study points.
MA146F Statistics - 5 study points.
MA145F Mathematics and statistics - 10 study points.
MA105E Mathematics - 7.5 study points.
MA158E Basic matematics - 5 study points.
MAT1001 Mathematics - 5 study points.
STT1001 Statistics - 5 study points.

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