Introduction to Biomedical Mathematics
Semester I, 2005
Your lecturer is Dr Andrew Rechnitzer.
He can be found in Room 198, Richard Berry building.
I and all the teaching staff of this course welcome you
to what we hope will be an enjoyable and instructive semester.
- The 2001 exam with full worked solutions is available from the "lecture notes" link.
- The 2004 exam is also available. Try to do it in 3 hours without looking at your notes!
The solutions are also available!
- There were some small errors in the notes for topic 11 (around the subtopics on "equilibriums" and "logistic model").
Please get the revised versions from the "lecture notes" link.
- George Dantzig, the creator of the Simplex method and one of the most important mathematicians of the last 100 years,
died very recently - read about him here.
- By popular demand, the lecture notes for topics 7, 8, 10 and 11 are available online.
They are available through the "lecture notes" link.
- When and where are the lectures?
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- 9:00 am until 10:00 am
- In the Laby Theatre (Physics)
- When and where are my tutorials? Who is my tutor?
- Please check the notice boards in the Richard Berry building.
- See Susan Wilson in room G46 if there is a problem.
- The tutors are
Ted Clarke, Sally Kuhlmann, Chris McCaw, Paul McCormick and Bert Mond.
- Sally Kuhlmann (G43) is also the tutor coordinator for 620-151.
- Is there a textbook?
- It is "APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, LIFE SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES"
(6th, 7th or 8th editions)
by Raymond A Barnett, Michael R Ziegler and Karl E Byleen,
published by Prentice-Hall.
- The text will often be referred to in lectures, and all students in 620-151 are
strongly urged to acquire their own copy.
- What about assessment, course plan and other vital info about this course?
- Check out this PDF file which is just
the first part of the course booklet handed out in class.
- The mid-semester test will be held during the lecture on Friday 22nd April.
- STOP! This may be useful to you!!! Have you heard about TutOR?
- TutOR is an interactive web site (locally produced!) with heaps of useful
information and tools for the study of Operations Research: the
study of which includes Linear Programming (the topic of the first part of our course).
- Included here are modules on Linear equations, row operations, matrices and the SIMPLEX method.
- There is a SPECIAL WEBSITE for 151 students: click HERE.
- Especially if you don't have a graphics calculator this is Highly Recommended - anyway this is much better!
- If you want to check your Simplex calculations this is perfect!!!
- Where can you get the lecture notes?
- In general, I will not be giving out the lecture notes. Occasionally there will be some topics in the course that require
a lot of writing. During those topics I will perhaps give some lecture notes. You will be able to get them from
- Missed a handout?
- Think there might be an error in the course booklet?
- Have a look here.
- An important note about plagiarism (University Policy)
- Please note that it is University policy that students sign a statement concerning plagiarism for all non-exam
- The assignments in 620-151 are such non-exam assessment. You will be asked to sign such a statement
at the beginning of semester that will cover all your assignment work in 620-151.
- An electronic copy is available here
- I need some assistance and my classmates can't help?
- Generally, if you have problem-sheet questions then first consult a tutor in your tutorial.
A duty tutor will be available for consultation.
Check the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre
for times and places.
- You can also see the tutor coordinator - Sally Kuhlmann in G43.
Her consultation hours are:
Monday 10-11 and 2:15-3:15, Wednesday 1:10-2:10 and Thursday 3:15-4:15.
Sally's email address is S.Kuhlmann@ms.unimelb.edu.au
- Of course you may consult me. My office consultation times are Mondays and Fridays
2pm until 3:30pm. If you need to contact me then email me: A.Rechnitzer@ms.unimelb.edu.au
or phone me: 8344 9731
- Staff-Student-Liaison Committee representatives:
- There are two class representatives.
- Joshua De Bono - joshua_debono at hotmail.com
- Ruth Muljadi - r.muljadi at ugrad.unimelb.edu.au
- Generic skills
- This link lists the generic skills this course aims for you to achieve.