## MA210Half UnitDiscrete Mathematics

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Peter Allen

Availability

This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Mathematics and Economics, BSc in Mathematics with Economics and BSc in Statistics with Finance. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

Pre-requisites

MA103 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, or an equivalent course giving a background in rigorous mathematics.

Course content

This is a course covering a number of concepts and techniques of discrete mathematics. Topics covered: Counting: selections; inclusion-exclusion; generating functions; recurrence relations. Graph Theory: basic concepts; walks, paths, tours and cycles; trees and forests; colourings. Coding theory: basic concepts; linear codes.

Teaching

22 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

Written answers to set problems will be expected on a weekly basis.

PJ Cameron, Combinatorics (CUP 1994); NL Biggs, Discrete Mathematics (OUP 2004)

Extensive notes covering the course content will be distributed as well.

Assessment

Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Mathematics

Total students 2016/17: 24

Average class size 2016/17: 12

Capped 2016/17: No

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

• Self-management
• Problem solving
• Application of information skills
• Communication
• Application of numeracy skills
• Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 80%

Question

Average
response

2.4

Materials (Q2.3)

2.2

Course satisfied (Q2.4)

1.8

Lectures (Q2.5)

2

Integration (Q2.6)

1.7

Contact (Q2.7)

2

Feedback (Q2.8)

1.9

Recommend (Q2.9)

 Yes 62% Maybe 35% No 3%