MATHS 1008 - Mathematics for Information Technology I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 1008 Course Mathematics for Information Technology I Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies) Course Description This course provides an introduction to a number of areas of discrete mathematics with wide applicability. Areas of application include: computer logic, analysis of algorithms, telecommunications, gambling and public key cryptography. In addition it introduces a number of fundamental concepts which are useful in Statistics, Computer Science and further studies in Mathematics.
Topics covered are: Discrete mathematics: sets, relations, logic, graphs, mathematical induction and difference equations; probability and permutations and combinations; information security and encryption: prime numbers, congruences.
Course Coordinator: Dr Adrian Koerber
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of concepts in discrete mathematics, probability and cryptography.
- Employ methods related to these concepts in a variety of applications.
- Apply logical thinking to problem solving in context.
- Use appropriate technology to aid problem solving.
- Demonstrate skills in writing mathematics.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
all Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
- Ross, K. A. & Wright, C. R. B., Discrete Mathematics, Prentice Hall
- Johnsonbaugh, R., Discrete Mathematics (7th ed), Prentice Hall
- Goodman, R., An introduction to stochastic models, Benjamin-Cummings
- Ross, S., Introduction to probability models (7th ed), Academic Press
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni extensively and exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment and tutorial questions, and worked solutions. Students should make appropriate use of these resources.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures to guide students through the material, tutorial classes to provide students with class/small group/individual assistance, and a sequence of written and online assignments to provide formative assessment opportunities for students to practice techniques and develop their understanding of the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Lectures 48 84 Tutorials 11 11 Assignments and Practice 11 55 Mid Semester Test 1 6 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryThe two topics of discrete mathematics and probability detailed below are taught in parallel, with two lectures a week on each. The tutorials are a combination of the two topics, pertaining to the previous week's lectures. Note that some sections only loosely fall into the categories of discrete mathematics or probability but are so listed to indicate the stream they are taught in.
Lecture OutlineDiscrete Mathematics
- Sets and relations, equivalence relations, functions. (4 lectures)
- Logic, predicate caclulus. (2 lectures)
- Types of argument. (2 lectures)
- Switching circuits. (2 lectures)
- Graphs, trees, spanning trees, Kruskal's algorithm, binary search trees. (5 lectures)
- Mathematical induction. (3 lectures)
- Cryptosysytems, Caesar cipher. (2 lectures)
- Elementary number theory. (2 lectures)
- Public key cryptography, the mathematics of the RSA algorithm. (2 lectures)
- Sample spaces, events, inclusion-exclusion. (3 lectures)
- Conditional probablility and the product rule. (1 lecture)
- Probability trees, independent events, Bayes' Formula, Law of Total Probability. (2 lectures)
- Discrete random variables and probability distributions. (6 lectures)
- Counting techniques. (6 lectures)
- Linear homogeneous recurrence relations with constant coefficients. (6 lectures)
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes Assignments Formative 15% all Mid Semester Test Summative and Formative 15% 1,2,3 Exam Summative 70% 1,2,3,5
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course. Furthermore students must achieve at least 45% on the final examination to pass the course.
Assessment DetailAssignments are due every fortnight, the first is released in Week 1 and due in Week 3.
Tutorials are weekly beginning in Week 2.
The Mid Semester Test occurs in your enrolled computer lab in Week 8.
Precise details of all of these will be provided on the MyUni site for this course.
- All written assignments are to be e-submitted following the instructions on MyUni.
- Late assignments will not be accepted without a medical certificate.
- Written assignments will have a one week turn-around time for feedback to students.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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