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Modelling project

Title
Modelling project
Semester
E2022
Master programme in
Mathematical Bioscience
Type of activity

Project

Teaching language
English
Study regulation

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REGISTRATION AND STUDY ADMINISTRATIVE
Registration

Sign up for study activities at stads selvbetjening within the announced registration period, as you can see on the Studyadministration homepage.

Registration for project-exam: Please remember to confirm your registration by signing up for exam as a group when the group formation is final. The registration is through stads selvbetjening

When signing up for study activities, please be aware of potential conflicts between study activities or exam dates.

The planning of activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programs which do not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programs, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.

Number of participants
ECTS
15
Responsible for the activity
Jesper Schmidt Hansen (jschmidt@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Jesper Schmidt Hansen (jschmidt@ruc.dk)
Teachers
Study administration
INM Studieadministration (inm-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
U60162
ACADEMIC CONTENT
Overall objective

The overall purpose of the modelling project is that the student develop/design or analyse existing mathematical models of an exemplary biological system through problem-oriented project work.

Detailed description of content

During the project work the student will obtain knowledge about a specific biological system, investigate how mathematical model(s) can be used to understand the underlying bio-chemico-physico processes and how it can be used as a predictive tool.

Course material and Reading list

The project curriculum will vary depending on the project theme and specific research question.

Relevant literature, software code, methods and so forth are discussed with the supervisor.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The project is worth 15 ECTS points (405 hours).

The following are based on estimates and will vary significantly depending on the specific project:

  • Semesterstart and group formation: ~10 hours

  • Project-formulation and presentation seminars: 2-4 hours

  • Supervision: 15 - 25 hours

  • Project work: ~350-380 hours

  • Exam: 30 min

Format
Evaluation and feedback

All projects’ processes will include ongoing dialogue-based (oral) evaluation between the students and the supervisor. Both students and supervisors are expected to provide constructive feedback and viewpoints during the process. Feedback concerning the academic content and progression, process and collaboration.

Every other year when the projects are handed in, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the head of study.

Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights from their project process to the study board during or after the project process.

Programme

At the beginning of the semester the students will form groups defined by a theme or research question of their choosing. This choice can be facilitated by the supervisors or originate from the students.

The study activity is based around PPL, where the group work independently and critically with the topic. This includes finding, reading, and understanding relevant literature, having regular productive group meetings, propose relevant scientific methods, models, or/and analysis that can lead to an answer to the research question, composing text for the final project project, and more.

The project students agree with the supervisor on a regular meeting schedule; in order for the meetings to be fruitful the students must have an agenda and be well prepared for each meeting.

ASSESSMENT
Overall learning outcomes

After this activity the student will be able to

  • perform descriptive statistics of biological data-sets.

  • demonstrate state-of-art knowledge about the specific biological system behind the data.

  • demonstrate knowledge of previous mathematical model(s) describing the biological system.

  • demonstrate an in-depth analytical/numerical understanding of one or more mechanism-based models found in the scientific literature or a model developed by the project group.

  • argue how models can be used to understand the underlying biological processes and how models can be used as predictive tools.

  • seek relevant literature, formulate research problems/hypotheses, work in a problem-oriented fashion, and conclude on the project research question.

Form of examination
Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment.


Permitted group size: 2-7 students.

The character limits of the project report are:
For 2 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 6 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
For 7 students: 24,000-307,200 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, summary, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The project report must include a summary in English, that is part of the assessment.

Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment is for:
2 students: 60 minutes.
3 students: 75 minutes.
4 students: 90 minutes.
5 students: 105 minutes.
6 students: 120 minutes.
7 students: 135 minutes.

Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.

Permitted support and preparation materials at the oral exam: All

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Same form as the ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment. The students begin the exam with a presentation with a duration of 8-10 min. each on a topic related to the project. After the presentation there will be a dialogue between the students, supervisor and co-assessor, specific questions may be asked to individual students.

The assessment criteria of the written part

  • demonstrate state-of-art knowledge about the specific biological system behind the data.

  • demonstrate knowledge of previous mathematical model(s) describing the biological system.

  • argue how models can be used to understand the underlying biological processes and how models can be used as predictive tools.

  • seek relevant literature, formulate research problems/hypotheses, work in a problem-oriented fashion, and conclude on the project research question.

The assessment of the oral exam is based on the students ability to meet the criteria mentioned above and their ability to

  • clearly present and communicate the scientific content of the project

  • engage in a scientific dialogue and discussion with the supervisor and co assessor

Furthermore, whether the performance meets all formal requirements in regard to both for the written og oral exam

  • The project report must include a summary in English, that is part of the assessment.

  • Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60162
Last changed 16/05/2022

lecture list:

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Thursday 01-09-2022 09:15 - 01-09-2022 10:00 in week 35
Modelling project - Intro (Mathbio)

Thursday 01-09-2022 11:15 - 01-09-2022 13:00 in week 35
Modelling project - Forum 1 (Mathbio)

Friday 02-09-2022 09:15 - 02-09-2022 10:00 in week 35
Modelling project - IMFUFA Breakfast (canteen in building 27)

Friday 02-09-2022 10:15 - 02-09-2022 12:00 in week 35
Modelling project - Forum 2 (Mathbio)

Friday 02-09-2022 12:30 - 02-09-2022 14:00 in week 35
Study Start event at Department of Science & Environment

Monday 05-09-2022 12:15 - 05-09-2022 14:00 in week 36
Modelling project - Forum 3 (Mathbio)

Wednesday 07-09-2022 12:15 - 07-09-2022 14:00 in week 36
Modelling project - Forum 4 (Mathbio)

Wednesday 07-09-2022 14:00 - 07-09-2022 16:00 in week 36
Modelling project - IMFUFA seminar (Mathbio)

Wednesday 05-10-2022 14:00 - 05-10-2022 16:00 in week 40
Modelling project - Problem formulation seminar (Mathbio)

Tuesday 20-12-2022 10:00 - 20-12-2022 10:00 in week 51
Modelling project - Hand-in of project

Monday 16-01-2023 08:15 - Tuesday 31-01-2023 18:00 in week 03 to week 05
Modelling project - Project examination

Wednesday 01-02-2023 08:15 - Tuesday 28-02-2023 18:00 in week 05 to week 09
Modelling project - Project reexamination