All courses listed here are one-term courses (i.e. half courses). Not all courses listed are available every year. Students are required to take AMOD 5010H, 5020H, and 5610H, in addition to one of 5510H, 5710H, or 5810H.
AMOD 5010H, 5020H
Discipline-specific courses in your home department. These may be given by the research supervisor in
a reading/project course format.
AMOD 5510H - Statistical Aspects of Modelling
Various statistical approaches to modelling are illustrated, with an emphasis on the applications of
statistics within the social and natural sciences. The course discusses both univariate and multivariate procedures, with particular attention to the latter (e.g., multiple regression, multi-analysis of
variance, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and path analysis). Prerequisite: As
for AMOD 5610H, plus a university course in advanced statistics and some knowledge of SAS, SPSS
or an alternative statistical application package.
AMOD 5610H - The Foundations of Modelling
This course will introduce modelling process and basic types of models adopted in natural and social
sciences. Models from a range of disciplines will be discussed. Prerequisite: one university course in
either of calculus or statistics.
AMOD 5710H - Mathematical Aspects of Modelling
Mathematical approaches to modelling are illustrated, with the emphasis on the methods rather
than on the mathematical details. The topics include analytical modelling and computer simulation
of dynamic processes, decision making, forecasting, probabilistic analysis, based on case studies
from biology, geography, physics, economics, and social sciences. Prerequisite: AMOD 5610, plus
any university course in mathematics or physics. AMOD 5610H and working knowledge of a programming language.
AMOD 5810H - Computational Aspects of Modelling
This course will introduce fundamental principles and concepts in the general area of system
modelling and simulation. Topics to be covered include the basics of discrete-event system
simulation, mathematical and statistical models, simulation design, experiment design, and
analysis of simulation output. Prerequisite: AMOD 5610H and the ability to program in at least one
AMOD 5901H - First Seminar on Applications of Modelling
Each student makes one presentation per year on his/her research, with emphasis on the
assumptions, methodology and analysis of the models used. These presentations are attended and
graded by her/his supervisory Committee. Attendance is compulsory. The course will be given a
pass/fail grade based on the presentations, attendance and participation by the student. This course
represents the first of two presentations and is expected to be about 10 – 15 minutes in length.
AMOD 5902H - Second Seminar on Applications of Modelling
As with AMOD 5901H, this course represents the second of two presentations required by each
student in the program on his/her research. The length of this presentation is expected to be about
25 minutes. As with the first presentation, it will be attended and graded by her/his Supervisory
Committee. Attendance is compulsory. The course will be given a pass/fail grade based on the
presentations, attendance and participation by the student.