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Mathematical Structures (6543.5)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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    • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (185229) - View
    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (181701) - View
    • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165723) - View
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    • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (145387) - View

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    This unit is concerned with the mathematics behind numerous aspects of modern computing including cryptography, and data communication, compression, storage and retrieval. It covers material chosen from elementary number theory, combinatorics, abstract algebra and information theory, and develops this material as a tool for application in the above areas. The unit lays the foundation for the level-3 unit Coding Theory. It is also relevant to students of secondary mathematics education, as much of the material may be viewed as background for the college curriculum.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate proficiency in combinatorial reasoning;

    2. Appreciate the importance of mathematical proof and be able to devise proofs of their own;

    3. Understand the applications of mathematics to real problems in modern computing and be able to apply this understanding to related areas; and

    4. Gain a deeper understanding of the important mathematical constructions that are basic to mathematical computation.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    A 2-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial per week.


    6698 Discrete Mathematics.



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