• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Piggott
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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 the physical, environmental and life sciences, especially computer science, will be used as a vehicle throughout. Topics to be covered include: logic and set theory, mathematical reasoning, combinatorics and counting, mathematical induction and recurrence relations, graph theory and networks, matrix arithmetic and Markov chains.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recall, invent, interpret examples of motivation for mathematical constructs used in discrete mathematics as models of processes in the world.
  2. Recognise, define, explain and use terminology and notation from discrete mathematics.
  3. Identify the logical structure of a statement, and then identify the logical structure of an argument that may be used to prove or disprove the statement.
  4. Perform mathematical calculations in discrete mathematics using methods presented in the course.
  5. Write simple proofs/construct explicit counterexamples for statements relating to discrete mathematics topics covered in the course.

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop quizzes (8) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Workshop contributions (8) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Weekly assignments (8) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Mid-Semester Examination (26) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Examination Regardless of performance on other assessment items, a minimum scaled score of 40% on the final exam is required to pass the course. (This is known as a 'course hurdle'.) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of approximately 33 hours of lecture activities (usually three one-hour lectures each week), and twenty hours of workshop activities (one two-hour workshop per week in ten weeks of the semester).

• Approximately 77 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and workshops, completion of regular formative assessment items, and study of the course materials.

Inherent Requirements

There are no course-specific inherent requirements.

Prescribed Texts

There are no specific reading books required. PDF copies of all lecture slides will be made available on the course website, in addition to the ECHO lecture recordings.


Preliminary Reading

Some students may find it helpful to refer to a text book for an alternative exposition of certain topics and extra practice problems. The following text is recommended for this purpose: Susanna Epp: Discrete Mathematics with Applications; 3rd or 4th or 5th ed. Cengage.

References to this text will be provided for most course topics. The text does not cover every single topic in the course, and covers a number of topics not required for the course, but is nonetheless a good match to course in both level and content.

Minors

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3019 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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