Discrete Biological Models (2010/2011)

Course code
4S01908
Name of lecturer
Giuditta Franco
Coordinator
Giuditta Franco
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
INF/01 - INFORMATICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2011 al Jun 15, 2011.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall G  
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall F  

Learning outcomes

The course exhibits several methodologies to model phenomena occurring in nature, by means of discrete mathematical tools and computational systems. The goal is to develop the ability of the student to master different approaches of discrete biological modeling, along the presentation of the state of the art and of the most recent problematics. Basic concepts (of mathematics, computer science, biology) are recalled, to better understand some traditional mathematical models, algorithms of natural computing, and biological networks, proposed along with a few case studies.

Syllabus

Introduction to different classes of models, and to discrete models
Fibonacci numbers and golden section in nature
Differential and iterative biological models
Criteria to solve polynomials and linear recurrence equations
Malthusian biological population growth models
Dynamical systems, and logistic map
Discrete SIR model of epidemics
Formal languages and biological grammars
Algorithmic models of bio-molecular processes
DNA computing
XPCR for string recombination and concatenation
Membrane models and minimal cell
Discrete models of metabolism
Models of population evolution
Operations on micro-organisms and experimental techniques

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Statistics about transparency requirements (Attuazione Art. 2 del D.M. 31/10/2007, n. 544)

Statistics
Outcomes Exams Outcomes Percentages Average Standard Deviation
Positive 47.36% 25 4
Rejected --
Absent 47.36%
Ritirati 5.26%
Canceled --
Distribuzione degli esiti positivi
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 e Lode
22.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 22.2% 11.1% 22.2% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1%

Data from AA 2010/2011 based on 19 students. I valori in percentuale sono arrotondati al numero intero più vicino.