MAP 6939-05 - Biomathematics Graduate Seminar
Spring 2021 - Course Syllabus

Class Times:
Wed 3:05 - 3:55pm
Remote, via Zoom (see Canvas course page for links)
Note: Class meeting times may change when there are guest speakers.
Please contact the instructor
to confirm class times.
Instructor: Dr. Monica K. Hurdal
Department of Mathematics, FSU
Office: LOV 223
Phone: 644-7183 (office)
or 644-2202 (dept. front desk)
Office Hours:
Please refer to
for updated office hour information.
Appointments can also be made.

This course is designed to be an introductory seminar for graduate students wishing to learn about the field of biomathematics, including different applications of mathematics in biology and medicine.
Eligibility This course is for graduate students in the Department of Mathematics. Graduate students from other departments and undergraduate students must have the permission of the instructor to enroll.
Text Book
There is no specific text for the course. Students may be asked to read journal papers and materials handed out in class. If reading is required, you are expected to come to class having read the material in advance.
Grading This class is graded S/U. Advanced graduate students will be expected to give one presentation in class. A maximum of 3 absences will be allowed in order to receive a passing grade.
Courtesy and Attendance I expect you to get to class on time and not to leave class until I have dismissed it. If you must leave class early, please let me know before class begins. I expect you to attend class regularly. Studies show that students who attend class get higher grades than those who skip classes. A student absent from class bears the full responsibility for all subject matter and procedural information discussed in class.
I will encourage and expect you to participate in class. I will ask questions in class and encourage you to try to answer questions, or ask questions if you do not understand something. I will also encourage class discussion about certain topics.
University Attendance Policy Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness. Please note: Modifications to this policy have been made to accommodate the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, see this memo that has been distributed to all faculty and instructional staff regarding the 2020-2021 academic year.
Academic Honor Policy The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to " honest and truthful and... [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University." (For more details see the Academic Honor Policy and procedures for addressing address alleged violations.)
Process for Resolving Academic Problems or Grievances Please use this step-by-step guide to resolving academice problems to begin the process of communicating with your instructor to resolve any confusion or difficulty you may be having in the course. Detailed information on FSU's grievance procedure, including special instructions for students enrolled in an FSU branch campus, is maintained on the General Bulletin's Academic Integrity & Grievances webpage. Out-of-state distance learning students should review the Office of Distance Learning Complaint Resolution page for additional procedures.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Florida State University (FSU) values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming. FSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with academic standards of the course while empowering the student to meet integral requirements of the course.
To receive academic accommodations, a student:
(1) must register with and provide documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS);
(2) must provide a letter from OAS to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type; and,
(3) should communicate with the instructor, as needed, to discuss recommended accommodations. A request for a meeting may be initiated by the student or the instructor.
Please note that instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from the Office of Accessibility Services has been provided.
This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the
Office of Accessibility Services (Tallahassee Campus)
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)
Syllabus Change Policy Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.

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