Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Head (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)


Linear algebra: vectors and matrices, Matrix algebra with applications to flow problems and Markov chains; matrix inversion methods. Probability and combinatorics: elementary probability theory, random variables, probability distributions, expected value; counting arguments in combinatorics; statistics. Calculus: differentiation and partial differentiation; constructing Taylor series expansions.


At the completion of this unit students will have:

  • knowledge of linear algebra, elementary probability theory, statistics and elementary calculus;
  • an understanding of the basics of linear algebra, the principles of probability and experimental design, counting principles in combinatorics, and the fundamentals of calculus;
  • skills to do counting arguments with combinatorial objects, use Bayes' Theorem, manipulate matrices, differentiate functions of several variables and construct Taylor series for functions.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Three hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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


ENG1091, MAT1841, MTH1030

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