APP MTH 7088 - Applied Mathematics Topic F

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course is available for students taking a Masters degree in Mathematical Sciences. The course will cover an advanced topic in applied mathematics. For details of the topic offered this year please refer to the Course Outline.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code APP MTH 7088
    Course Applied Mathematics Topic F
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Ongoing assessment, Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Matthew Roughan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    In 2021 the topic of this course will be Complex network modelling and inference.


    This course will study graphs and networks, and their generalisations as applied to modelling of complex systems of interacting components or actors. We'll go somewhat beyond standard graph theory in that we will consider how quantities associated with links affect real network problems. In particular, we will consider how to statistically infer properties of networks from realistically obtainable metrics when the networks are large, and we cannot query the network directly, but must use indirect measurement strategies. Applications range from management of computer networks to analysis of social phenomenon, such as memes that "go viral".

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Modelling: model a problem
    - Take a problem stated in words, and convert it into mathematical form
    - Consider assumptions and approximations
    - Deal with incomplete information/ideas by asking questions, and investigation

    2. Analysis: analyse the problem using diverse tools
    - Analysis (mathematical solution of problems)
    - Statistics (incorporating data)
    - Simulation
    - Algorithms

    3. Critically examine results:
    - Sanity checking
    - Close the loop between modelling->analysis->output
    - Sensitivity analysis

    4. Communicate results
    - Mathematical exposition skills

    Pre-requisites and assumed knowledge:

    Mathematics up to second year level will be required, including

    - Probability and Statistics II,
    - Scientific Computing or equivalent.

    In particular, this project will require some programming (Matlab or another language is acceptable).

    Some knowledge of graph theory would be useful.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required materials will be provided.
    Recommended Resources
    "Networks: An Introduction", M.E.J. Newman, Oxford Uni Press, 2010.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as assignments and handouts, and for making course announcements. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resources. Link to MyUni login page:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Written assignments supplement the lectures by providing example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures and provides assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity   Quantity Workload Hours
    Lectures 30 90
    Tutorials 6 18
    Assignments 4 24
    Project 1 24
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Outline
    1. Basics
      • graph theory basics
      • graph metrics
      • random graph models
      • algorithms on graphs
    2. Advanced Topics
      • graph generalisations: hyper-graphs and meta-graphs
      • graph algebras
    3. Inference
      • sampling from networks
      • inference on graphs: network tomography
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Component Weighting Objective Assessed
    Ongoing assessment 50% all
    Exam 50% all

    For details of on-going assessment refer to my-uni course. 
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment item Distributed Due date Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 4 5%
    Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 6 5%
    Assignment 3 Week 7 Week 9 5%
    Assignment 4 Week 9 Week 11 5%
    Project Week 6 Week 13 10%
    All written assignments are to be submitted to the lecturer with a signed cover sheet attached. There will be a maximum two week turn-around time on assignments for feedback to students.

    Late assignments will not be accepted, but students may be excused from an assignment for medical or compassionate reasons. In such cases, documentation is required and the lecturer must be notified as soon as possible before the fact.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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