In this assignment, students design and implement a stochastic simulation of patient and virus population dynamics. Using Python and pylab, students must reach conclusions about treatment regimens based on the simulation results by implementing classes that model the virus population and running an analysis on a 'no-drug treatment' simulation.
Provide intermediate (formative) assessments after each major section to incorporate Student-Focused Assessment. At each performance checkpoint increase Student-Faculty Interactions by using inclusive terminology (such as "we") and informal language to provide feedback and explain complex topics. Give students information about the types and frequency of additional support (such as office hours and lab sessions) as a way to provide Effective Encouragement.
Creates an Interdisciplinary Connection to CS by connecting the programming activity with the simulation of a real-world medical problem.