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Deterministic and stochastic dynamics

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: MS327
  • Level: 3

Student reviews

This module is very good. I highly recommend it. The selection of topics is good with at least an introduction to chaos and stochastic differential equations. The emphasis on stability for non-linear systems is covered very well. The last book is exceptional. Especially the way that the heat equation is shown to be equivalent to the diffusion equation, with a derivation starting from how an initial concentration of particles diffuses over time towards a new equilibrium. I thought this was outstanding in its development and is one of those experiences that really stays with you because of the basic fundamental understanding.
So there is is. It's a great module.

Burton DeVolk

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: July 2019

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2016 presentation of MS327. The survey was carried out in 2017.

75 students (a response rate of 32.6%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 78.7 59
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 77 57
The module provided good value for money 65.8 48
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 92 69
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 82.4 61
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 92 69
I would recommend this module to other students 74.7 56
The module met my expectations 70.7 53
I enjoyed studying this module 81.3 61
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 79.7 59
Faculty comment: We're pleased to see that the great majority of respondents were satisfied with the quality of the module and its materials, their study experience, and support. This is a very positive outcome for a module in its first year. The module team will endeavour to build and improve on these figures even further in the future.,
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