Course description for 2024/25

Mathematics/Statistics for Biologists

MA116F

Course description for 2024/25

# Mathematics/Statistics for Biologists

MA116F

Elementary mathematics and statistics with emphasis on applications in biology.

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

Knowledge The student should:

- Have knowledge of the ordinary functions of one variabl
- 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

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

Compulsory for BSc in Biology

Lectures Small groups Hand-in exercises

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

Written school exam on paper, 4 hours.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F.

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

Generating an answer using ChatGPT or similar artificial intelligence and submitting it wholly or partially as one's own answer is considered cheating.

Mathematics from secondary school/high school.