MTHM607  Computational Modelling and Simulation (2022)
MODULE TITLE  Computational Modelling and Simulation  CREDIT VALUE  30 

MODULE CODE  MTHM607  MODULE CONVENER  Dr Markus Mueller (Coordinator) 
DURATION: TERM  1  2  3 

DURATION: WEEKS  11 
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)  20 

The complexity of mathematical and computational models describing most natural and manmade systems necessitates modern numerical methods and analysis of computer simulations. In this module you will develop computational modelling and simulation skills within a context of essential, highvalue applications, using stateoftheart scientific computing software. The module will be problem focussed, taking realworld examples, and using these to inform your understanding and appreciation of the underlying modelling and simulation methods. The module will draw from a range of topics: large partial differential equationbased modelling of flows and fields; computeraided systems analysis; stochastic systems; and approaches to modelling the environment and natural systems. You will communicate your models and findings to your peers and for assessment through reports, presentations and other digital media.
This module intends to introduce students to modern numerical algorithms design and computational techniques for mathematical modelling and simulation. You will explore modelling from first principles and the design and implementation of computational models using MATLAB or Python or similar highlevel languages. The module follows a twostep learning process: (1) you are introduced to a modelling approach, and (2) you develop the approach within a substantive application.
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities  60.00  Guided Independent Study  240.00  Placement / Study Abroad 

Category  Hours of study time  Description 
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities

24  Lectures and tutorials 
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities

6  Studentled presentations 
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities

30  Computerbased modelling workshops 
Guided Independent Study  260  Lecture and assessment preparation, computing, wider reading 
Form of Assessment  Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length)  ILOs Assessed  Feedback Method 

Exercises and/or miniprojects  3 x 5 hours  15, 7  Oral 
Coursework  100  Written Exams  0  Practical Exams  0 

Form of Assessment  % of Credit  Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length)  ILOs Assessed  Feedback Method 

Coursework portfolio  60  Three project or exercisebased reports (3 x 1,500 words or equivalent), each relating to a module topic  17  Written and verbal 
Model design and demonstration  40  Design and implementation of a complex computational model (>500 lines of code and documentation) and its demonstration  13, 5, 6  Written and verbal 
Original Form of Assessment  Form of Reassessment  ILOs Reassessed  Time Scale for Reassessment 

Coursework portfolio  Coursework (100%)  17  To be agreed by consequences of failure meeting 
Model design and demonstration  Coursework (100%)  13, 5, 6  To be agreed by consequences of failure meeting 
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener
Reading list for this module:
Type  Author  Title  Edition  Publisher  Year  ISBN  Search 

Set  Curran, Mary Ann  Life Cycle Assessment Handbook: A Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Products  Wiley  2012  9781118099728  [Library]  
Set  Forrester, J.W.  Urban Dynamics  Pegasus Communications  1969  9781883823399  [Library]  
Set  Hairer, E., Lubich, C. & Wanner, G.  Geometric Numerical Integration  Springer  2002  9783540306665  [Library]  
Set  Jones P.W. and Smith P.  Stochastic Processes: methods and applications  Arnold  2001  0000340806540  [Library]  
Set  Leimkuhler, B. & Reich, S.  Simulating Hamiltonian Dynamics  Cambridge University Press  2004  9780511614118  [Library]  
Set  Meadows, D.H.  Limits to Growth  University Books  1972  9780876631652  [Library]  
Set  Meadows, D.H., Randers, J. & Meadows, D.L.  The Limits to Growth: The 30year Update  Hill & Wang  2006  9780809029570  [Library]  
Set  Morecroft, J.  Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A Feedback Systems Approach  Wiley  2007  9780470012864  [Library]  
Set  Norris, J. R.  Markov Chains  Cambridge University Press  1998  9780521633963  [Library]  
Set  Pastor, J.  Mathematical Ecology of Populations and Ecosystems  Wiley  2008  9781405177955  [Library]  
Set  Sorensen, Bent  LifeCycle Analysis of Energy Systems: From Methodology to Applications  Royal Society of Chemistry  2011  9781849731454  [Library] 
CREDIT VALUE  30  ECTS VALUE  15 

PREREQUISITE MODULES  None 

COREQUISITE MODULES  None 
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)  7  AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING  No 

ORIGIN DATE  Wednesday 16 December 2020  LAST REVISION DATE  Wednesday 25 May 2022 
KEY WORDS SEARCH  First principles; Mathematical modelling; Scientific programming; Simulation; Computation; Ecological dynamics; Environmental modelling 
