• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Malcolm Brooks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course MATH6005
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Introduction to discrete mathematics and its use in mathematical modelling. Emphasis will be placed on developing facility, technique and use in applications. Modelling of processes and phenomena which occur in economics and the physical, environmental and life sciences will be used as a vehicle throughout. Topics to be covered include: combinatorics and counting, induction and recurrence relations, graph theory and networks, matrix arithmetic and Markov chains, logic and finite set theory.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Recall, invent or interpret examples of motivation for mathematical constructs introduced in the course and used in discrete mathematics as models of processes in the world
2. Be sufficiently familiar with terminology from discrete mathematics used in the course as to be able to interpret, use and attempt to answer questions involving these words
3. Translate representations of mathematical information between the different formats presented in the course
4. Competently perform mathematical calculations in discrete mathematics using methods presented in the course
5. To an extent determined by each student's needs, interests and input, develop maturity of mathematical reasoning as well as general academic skills such as information literacy, tenacity, communication and collaboration. (This learning outcome may not necessarily be achieved by all students who pass the course, but all students will have the opportunity to develop these attributes by participating in course activities such as lectures, tutorials, consultation, assessment and use of the course website.)

Other Information

Secondary School Prerequisite: ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent. (MATH1003 is NOT a prerequisite for this course.)

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Mid-semester exam, testing primarily knowledge of course content (30%; LO 1-5)
  • Tutorials/Assignments: one tutorial for each of 10 weeks and associated written work, providing opportunities for students to practice skills presented in the course (15% in total; LO 1-5)
  • Final examination, testing primarily knowledge of course content (55%; LO 1-5)

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Four lectures per week and regular laboratory/tutorials.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
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Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7639 19 Feb 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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