• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Mathematics, Advanced Computing, Algorithms and Data, Computer Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Malcolm Brooks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course will offer an 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 computer science, economics and the physical, environmental and life sciences will be used as a vehicle throughout. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion 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 proficient with terminology from discrete mathematics used in the course and be able to interpret, use and answer questions from other contexts which use this terminology.
  3. Translate representations of mathematical information between the different formats presented in the course.
  4. Reason mathematically and competently perform mathematical calculations in discrete mathematics using methods presented in the course.
  5. Use their deep knowledge and understanding of the material presented in the course to formulate responses to complex concrete and abstract problems.
  6. Communicate their understanding and skills in discrete mathematics with colleagues and non-experts and apply their knowledge in an occupational situation.

Indicative Assessment

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.
Assessment will be based on:
  • Ten assignments (10% in total: LO 1-4)
  • Mid-semester test (30%; LO1-4)
  • Final examination (40%; LO 1-4)
  • One project linking Mathematics to own field of interest (20% in total: LO 1-6)

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3 lectures per week and regular laboratory and tutorial sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Susanna Epp: Discrete Mathematics With Applications (optional). Extensive course notes will be
available on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Students previous background and knowledge will be considered on a case-by-case basis by
the Masters and Graduate Diploma Convenors.


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
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4755 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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