MATHS13520B (TGA)
Discrete Structures
15 Points
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Convenor(s)
Nicholas Cavenagh
8329
G.3.25
nicholas.cavenagh@waikato.ac.nz

Lecturer(s)
Ian Hawthorn
8217
G.3.03
ian.hawthorn@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
An introduction to a number of the structures of discrete mathematics with wide applicability in areas such as: computer logic, analysis of algorithms, telecommunications, networks 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: sets, binary relations, directed and undirected graphs; propositional and some predicate logic; permutations, combinations, and elementary probability theory; modular arithmetic.
Students have until the sixth Friday from Mon 13th July to determine if they wish to change down to a less difficult Mathematics paper (subject to lecturer’s approval) without any fees loss. It is recommended such a change be done as soon as possible.
Paper Structure
There will be a series of a number of online lectures to watch each week (less than 50 minutes worth) available on MOODLE, as well as 2 workshop classes on Thursday and Friday (see below) . The workshop is where students will chiefly work on example problems individually or in small groups. The workshops are on the Hamilton campus but will be recorded and I'm hoping to make online attendance possible, if practicable. Assessment is fixed but there may be some changes to paper delivery based on how many students are studying offcampus and also student feedback.
Tutor Dr Ian Hawthorn will be present on the Tauranga campus on Wednesdays, including an inperson tutorial. Students may alternatively signup to an online tutorial.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
The assessment will consist of TWO Tests and TEN Assignments as follows:
DATE: Test One: Evening online test  Date To Be Advised  not before September 7th (30%)
DATE: Test Two: Date To Be Advised: Between 27th October and 13th November during final test period) (30%).
The TOTAL assignment component is worth 40%. There will be 10 assignments of which only the best 8 marks will be counted.
There will be NO test resits.
A final overall grade of RP (Restricted pass) will not be accepted as a prerequisite for entry into any higher level Maths paper.
COPYING of other students’ Assignments/Tests will receive zero (this will include all students involved) and be reported to the Disciplinary Committee. In particular, you will be reported for any evidence of communication with other students during online tests.Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
Required and Recommended Readings
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Prerequisite(s)
Prerequisite papers: At least one of MATHS165, MATHS166, MATH165, MATH166, or 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Mathematics.
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: COMP235, MATH258