BMSC102 - Numerical Reasoning

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning.

The ability to reason numerically is fundamental to the practice of science. All science involves some or all of measurement, mathematical manipulation and analysis of measurements, interpretation and presentation of numerical data, and drawing conclusions from numerical data.

The focus of the unit is heavily towards the conceptual understanding and practical use of mathematical tools rather than as a study of these as an end in themselves. The approach is therefore one of applied mathematics, with a particular emphasis on spreadsheet-based numerical techniques. Students will develop the skills and knowledge in various mathematical 'scripts', graphical interpretation and presentation of data, manipulation of equations, functions, descriptive statistics, probability, basic modelling techniques and differential and integral calculus.

This unit provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand and use the foundational tools of mathematics broadly encountered in the practice of science.