• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Algorithms and Data
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Urbas
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces the basic mathematical techniques of fractal geometry for diverse applications. It will explain how these techniques apply to digital imaging, image compression, special effects,  biological modelling, medical data representation and cryptography. The key ideas are introduced in an intuitive, hands-on manner.

Each student will be expected to select and complete a special project in one of the following areas: (i) 3D printing  of  fractal models ; (ii) fractal image magnification; (iii) fractal compression ; (iv) project chosen by the student with agreement from the lecturer.  There will be one computer lab meeting each week. 

Graduate students will attend all lectures/workshops including the Honours special lectures which will provide rigorous mathematical foundations and but they be assessed separately from undergraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

1. Explain the basic concepts of fractal geometry; (LO1) 

2. Be able to identify practical situations where fractal techniques may be applied; (LO2) 

3. Be able to build a fractal application in a practical area such as  digital imaging or biological modeling. (LO3) 

4. Be able to prove basic theorems and solve problems in the area of Iterated Function Systems. (LO4) 

Indicative Assessment

 Assessment may be based on:

• Projects (25%; LO 1-4)

• Tutorials and Lab worksheets (25%; LO 1-4)

• 5 Assignments (25%l  LO 1-4)

• Mid-term Exam (25%; LO 1-4) 

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36 lectures and approx. 10 workshops

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Fractals Everywhere, by Michael F. Barnsley, Third Edition (2012,  Dover). 


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8547 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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