Syllabus for Stochastic Modelling

Stokastisk modellering


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MS007
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Mathematics G1F, Sociotechnical Systems G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Probability and Statistics
  • Responsible department: Department of Mathematics

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • use probabilistic arguments including conditional distributions and expectations;
  • understand Poisson processes and models based on life-length distributions, and use them to assess risk and error;
  • carry out basic modelling using Markov chains in discrete and continuous time;
  • find probabilities and expected values for finite Markov chains using the principle of conditioning the first jump;
  • review and apply Markov chains methods based on stationary and asymptotic distributions;
  • use fundamental models of time series, in particular moving average and autoregressive models, and carry out covariance calculations in these cases;
  • understand the basic principles of renewal theory and use them for performance calculations;
  • present clear mathematical arguments.



Stochastic processes, the Poisson process, life length models. Stochastic simulation. Markov chains in discrete and continuous time. Stationary and asymptotic distribution. Absorption probability, absorption time. Selected examples of applications of stochastic modelling, depending on study programme.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and computer simulations.


Written examination at the end of the course combined with assignments given during the course. 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Kaj, Ingemar Stochastic Modeling for Engineering Studies

    Uppsala: Department of Mathematics, 2006

    Find in the library