701-1418-00L  Modelling Course in Population and Evolutionary Biology

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersS. Bonhoeffer, V. Müller
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 20.

Priority is given to MSc Biology and Environmental Sciences students.


701-1418-00 PModelling Course in Population and Evolutionary Biology
This block course is going to take place between 7-18 June 2021.
6 hrs
07.06. - 18.06.08-17CHN F 42 »
S. Bonhoeffer, V. Müller

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course provides a "hands-on" introduction into mathematical/computational modelling of biological processes with particular emphasis on evolutionary and population-biological questions. The models are developed using the Open Source software R.
ObjectiveThe aim of this course is to provide a practical introduction into the modelling of fundamental biological questions. The participants will receive guidance to develop mathematical/computational models in small teams. The participants chose two modules with different levels of difficulty from a list of projects.

The participant shall get a sense of the utility of modelling as a tool to investigate biological problems. The simpler modules are based mostly on examples from the earlier lecture "Ecology and evolution: populations" (script accessible at the course webpage). The advanced modules address topical research questions. Although being based on evolutionary and population biological methods and concepts, these modules also address topics from other areas of biology.
Contentsee www.tb.ethz.ch/education/learningmaterials/modelingcourse.html
Lecture notesDetailed handouts describing both the modelling and the biological background are available to each module at the course website. In addition, the script of the earlier lecture "Ecology and evolution: populations" can also be downloaded, and contains further background information.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is based on the open source software R. Experience with R is useful but not required for the course. Similarly, the course 701-1708-00L Infectious Disease Dynamics is useful but not required.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersS. Bonhoeffer, V. Müller
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationEs werden vier Noten vergeben die alle gleichgewichtet in die Schlussnote einfliessen:
Note A: Effizienz und Erfolg der Umsetzung des 1. Moduls
Note B: Technische Umsetzung des 2. Moduls
Note C: Biologisches Verstaendnis des Themas des 2. Modul (bewertet anhand der Beantwortung der fortgeschrittenen Fragen zu diesem Modul)
Note D: Qualitaet der Praesentation des Moduls 2 am Ende des Kurses

Learning materials

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Places20 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 05.02.2021 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupBiology MSc (562000)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Waiting listuntil 12.02.2021

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