Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Horsley (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)


Topics fundamental to mathematics and computing including elementary number theory, sets, relations and functions; methods of logic and proof, especially proof by induction; recurrence relations and difference equations; trees and other graphs.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise fundamental entities and concepts in discrete mathematics and determine when they will be useful in solving real-world problems;
  2. describe and apply the basic concepts and algorithms of number theory, including the Euclidean algorithm;
  3. recognise basic methods of proof, particularly induction, and apply them to solve problems in mathematics and computer science;
  4. work confidently with sets, relations, functions and their associated concepts, and apply these to solve problems in mathematics and computer science;
  5. use and analyse simple first and second order recurrence relations;
  6. use trees and graphs to solve problems in computer science.


Examination (3 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Three hours of lectures
  • One 90 minute tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 7.5 hours independent study per week for completing tutorial and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MAT1077, MTH1112

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