APP MTH 7056 - Random Processes
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code APP MTH 7056 Course Random Processes Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge (MATHS 1012 and MATHS 2103) or (MATHS 2201 and MATHS 2202) or (MATHS 2106 and MATHS 2107); knowledge of Markov chains, such as would be obtained from MATHS 2103 Course Description This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of random processes, particularly continuous-time Markov chains, and related structures. These are the essential building blocks of any random system, be it a telecommunications network, a hospital waiting list or a transport system. They also arise in many other environments, where you wish to capture the development of some element of random behaviour over time, such as the state of the surrounding environment.
Topics covered are: Continuous-time Markov-chains: definition and basic properties, transient behaviour, the stationary distribution, hitting probabilities and expected hitting times, reversibility; Queueing Networks: Kendall's notation, Jackson networks, Loss Networks: truncated reversible processes, circuit-switched networks, reduced load approximations. Basic Queueing Theory: arrival processes, service time distributions, Little's Law; Point Processes: Poisson process, properties and generalisations; Renewal Processes: preliminaries, renewal function, renewal theory and applications, stationary and delayed renewal processes.
Course Coordinator: Dr Andrew Black
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. demonstrate understanding of the mathematical basis of continuous-time Markov chains
2. demonstrate the ability to formulate continuous-time Markov chain models for relevant practical systems
3. demonstrate the ability to apply the theory developed in the course to problems of an
appropriate level of difficulty
4. develop an appreciation of the role of random processes in system modelling
5. demonstrate skills in communicating mathematics orally and in writing
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Recommended ResourcesStudents may wish to consult any of the following books, available from the Library as eBooks.
Essentials of Stochastic Processes (third edition), Richard Durrett, Springer, 2016.
Introduction to Probability Models, (currently the 10th edition), Sheldon Ross, Academic Press, 2009
Online LearningAll course materials will be made available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEach week's material is presented via a number of sources that complement each other: the textbook, course notes and lecture videos that are posted on MyUni at the beginning of the week. Having studied the material from all sources, students test their initial understanding with an online quiz.
Students deepen their understanding of the material and their skills in applying it by working on tutorial exercises and attending a tutorial (face to face or online). Assignments provide students with further opportunities to practise and get feedback on their work. Students interact with the lecturer and with each other on a MyUni discussion platform. In addition, the lecturer offers weekly consulting and a face to face workshop.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Study of notes, textbook and videos 70 Tutorials 12 24 Quiz 12 Assignments 4 25 Project 25 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryTopics
- Modelling with stochastic processes
- Poisson Processes
- Continuous-time Markov chains
- Renewal theory
- Queuing theory
Weekly tutorials cover the material of the previous few weeks.
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Component Task type Due Weighting Assignments Formative and summative Start of weeks 4,6,8 and 13 20% Quizzes Formative and summative Weekly 5% Project Summative Week 10 15% Exam Summative Exam period 60%
Note that the examination for APP MTH 7056 is of 3 hours duration
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
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