|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To equip students with a range of basic tools and methods for analysing and solving discrete problems, useful in all branches of mathematics. To enable the students to apply these techniques to naturally occuring problems. To reinforce the students’ ability to read, understand and develop mathematical proofs.
The module involves the study of problems involving a finite number of elements, objects or structures; enumeration and counting; relations and functions; algorithmic problems.
Pigeonhole principle, permutations and cycles, binomial and multinomial coefficients, counting subsets, partitions. Stirling numbers, inclusion-exclusion principle. Graphs, isomorphism, subgraphs, connectedness, Walks and paths. Trees, spanning trees. Travelling salesman problem. Planar graphs and Euler’s formula.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Formal lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||5||5:00||25:00||Written assignments and CBAs|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||2||1:00||2:00||Revision lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||1:00||6:00||Problem classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||11:00||11:00||Revision for unseen Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Unseen Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||1:00||2:00||Computing Practicals|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||6||1:00||6:00||Drop-ins in the lecture room|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||24||0:00||0:00||Office Hours in a staff office|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||5||1:00||5:00||Assignment review|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||19:30||19:30||Studying, practising and gaining understanding of course material|
|MAS2216||Enumeration and Combinatorics|
Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work. Problem Classes are used to help develop the students’ abilities at applying the theory to solving problems. Drop-ins are used to identify and resolve specific queries raised by students and to allow students to receive individual feedback on marked work. Practicals are used both for solution of problems and work requiring extensive computation and to give insight into the ideas/methods studied. Office hours provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|MAS2216||Enumeration and Combinatorics||1||N/A|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||10||Written assignments and computer based assessments|
A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. Coursework assignments (approximately 5 assignments of approximately equal weight) allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; this is thus formative as well as summative assessment. The coursework assignments may be written assignments, computer based assessments or a combination of the two, and in the case of combined assessments the deadlines for the two parts will not necessarily be the same.
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