This module starts by explaining the concept of a task-based or phenomenological modelling approach to constructing mathematical models. Dependency graphs for complex models are explained. General procedures followed for developing composite models are covered.

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  • Basic structure of generic modelling
  • An example
  • Dependency graphs
  • Developing composite models
  • Generic modelling procedures

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to understand the task-based approach to developing composite models and apply these generic modelling procedures to write their own complex models. They should also be able to use dependency graphs to analyze more complex systems and focus on the connections between key variables.

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