Course Syllabus for


FMAN01F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2013
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2014-01-27

General Information

Division: Mathematics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: FMAN01
Teaching language: English


The course is established in order to introduce doctoral students to the usage of mathematical models for biological problems. Important applications where mathematical models are useful are e.g. within population dynamics, spreading of contageous diseases and midication. A further aim is to prepare the student for further studies in e.g. biological systems or evolution biology.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Population growth. Non-linear difference equations. Evolution dynamics. Continuous models. Phase plane methods. Molecule dynamics. The cell cycle. Limit cycles, oscillations and excitable systems. Modelling of diffusion. PDE-models. Pattern formation.

Course Literature

Edelstein-Keshet, L.: Mathematical Models in Biology. McGraw-Hill College, 1988. ISBN 9780075549505.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, oral exam, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

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