Advanced Discrete Mathematics

Subject MAST90030 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 3 one-hour lectures per week.
Total Time Commitment: Three contact hours per week and seven hours private study.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed third year subjects in graph theory and/or discrete mathematics (equivalent to 620-352 Graph Theory or 620-353 Discrete Mathematics).
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Peter Forrester


Prof Peter John Forrester

Subject Overview: The subject consists of four main topics. These are combinatorial logic by way of Sperner's lemma and Ramsey theory; combinatorics on words and Sturmian sequences; bijective enumeration with applications to maps, permutations, lattice paths, trees, integer partitions, symmetric functions and tableaux. This subject has relevance to a broad range of specialisations.
Objectives: After completing the subject students will gain:
- an advanced knowledge of advanced discrete mathematics topics drawn from: Ramsey theory, graph theory, posets and lattices, Sturmian sequences, enumeration, integer partitions, extremal set theory, combinatorial designs, and finite geometries.
- the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
Assessment: Up to 50 pages of written assignments (48%: four assignments worth 12% each, due during the semester), a 3 hour written examination (52%, in the examination period).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
* problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
* analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
* collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
* time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.
Related Course(s): Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

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