• Class Number 9297
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Muhammad Khusyairi
    • Muhammad Khusyairi
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed to show some of the interdependence of mathematics and computing, and is designed for students in both computer science and mathematics.

Topics to be covered include:

Foundations - Relations on sets, including equivalence, partial order relations and relational databases; properties of functions, permutations, arithmetic of integers modulo n.

Grammars and Automata - Phrase structure grammars, finite state automata, and the connections between the language accepted by an automaton, regular sets and regular grammars.

Graph Theory - Hamiltonian circuits, vertex colouring and the chromatic polynomial of a graph, planar graphs, applications including the travelling salesperson problem and scheduling problems.

Game Theory - Games of strategy as an application of graph theory, matrix games and solution of matrix games.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1.  Explain some of the major concepts of Discrete Mathematics and their role in modern mathematics.
2.  Explain the relationship between languages, finite state automata and regular sets.
3.  Use graph theoretic methods to solve appropriate problems.
4.  To decide appropriate methods to use when solving a problem in the topics covered.
5.  Solve problems with a good degree of accuracy.
6.  Use the internet and library to research some areas of the course.
7.  Experience working together to solve certain problems.

Required Resources

Full course notes will be available via the course website on Wattle.

  • If a student has Epp, S, Discrete Mathematics with Applications (any edition) from MATH1005 they are advised to keep it. It is a good reference book.
  • Students may also like to get a copy of Lipschutz, S and Lipson, M, Discrete Mathematics (any edition). It is part of the Schaum's Outline Series and is relatively cheap. It covers many topics in MATH2301 and has many solved problems.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments.
  • Verbal comments.
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topics to be covered: Foundations: sets, relations, functions, partial orders, equivalence relations. Modular arithmetic. Regular expressions. Automata and their languages. Formal grammars. Hamiltonian paths and circuits. Vertex colouring and planar graphs. Matrix games. Games of strategy.

Tutorial Registration

Workshop registration will be via the course Wattle site. Workshops begin in Week 3.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Workshops preparation and participation 5 % 05/08/2019 03/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assignments 30 % 14/08/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Mid-semester Examination 20 % 26/08/2019 04/10/2019 1,2,3,4,5
End of Semester Examination 45 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Workshop participation is required. These workshops are the main place students can get individual help. Students are supported to work cooperatively and share ideas. They should write the solutions to questions on whiteboards so that the demonstrators can easily interact with students during workshops.

Lecture attendance is highly encouraged; students who do not attend lectures are statistically more likely to have difficulties managing the required assessment. When possible, lectures are recorded through the Echo360 system and recordings are made available on the course Wattle page, however these should mostly be used for review purposes. Recordings are not a full substitute for regular lecture attendance.


Mid-semester exam (worth 20%).

Final exam (worth 45%).

Please check the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of exams.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 05/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Workshops preparation and participation

Students are expected to attend a total of 10 workshops in Weeks 3 through to 12 inclusive. Workshop participation relates to a student's active involvement in workshop discussion. In awarding marks for this task, demonstrators will take into account evidence of preparation, willingness to share solution ideas, and initiative in making suggestions or asking questions. The date range for this task indicates the approximate date of the first workshop, and the approximate date by which marks for the final workshop should be recorded on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 14/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7


There will be six assignments in this course, which together are worth a total of 30% of the final grade. Individual assignments might not have equal weighting within this 30%. Assignment questions will be released on the Friday of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 11, respectively, and will be due by 10:00pm on the Wednesday of Weeks 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, and 12, respectively. The date range for this task indicates the approximate due date for the first assignment, and the approximate return date for the last assignment. It is intended that the marked assignments will be returned within 14 days after submission. Further details can be found on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mid-semester Examination

A mid-semester examination is included in the assessment. The examination is likely to be held in Week 6 or Week 7 (the date specified for this task is merely the first day of Week 6: the exam will probably be on a different day). Details will be made available on the examinations timetable website.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester Examination

An end of semester examination is included in the assessment. The examination will be held during the university's official examination period for the semester (the date specified for this task is merely the first day of the exam period: the exam will probably be on a different day). Details will be made available on the examinations timetable website.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

All assignment submission is electronic, via Turnitin on Wattle.

Late Submission

Late submission without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of an assignment will not be accepted after a date to be specified when the assignment is set.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned electronically via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted in MATH2301.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Muhammad Khusyairi

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Muhammad Khusyairi

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