The subject dealt with might vary depending on the interests of the students (and of the teacher), and also depending on the themes debated in connection with the pandemic. This is a rough plan, corresponding to previous editions of the course.
1. Population dynamics 2. Mathematical epidemiology 3. Evolution 4. Mathematical aspects of Evolution
It is possibvle/probable that in 2021/22 more space will be devoted to epidemic dynamics and to probabilistic themes and methods.
Prerequisites for admission
Linear Algebra; Dynamical Systems (UNIMI ocurse "Fisica Matematica 1"); elementary Probability Theory; Differential Equations.
G. Gaeta, "Modelli Matematici in Biologia" J. Murray, "Mathematical Biology" N. Britton, "Elementary Mathematical Biology"
The first text (in Italian) was written for Biology students, and is mathematically far too elementary; its structure - in the sense of topics covered - will however be followed fairly faithfully at least for the first part of the course.
There could be additional lecture notes available (in Italian or English).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be an oral one, the exact format will be communicated later on and will possibly depend on the general health (COVID-related) situation. It will aim at evaluating the student's knowledge and comprehension of the arguments covered as well as the capacity to apply them.