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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Thomas Hall (Clayton); Dr Derek Holtby (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: Differation 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)

Dr Thomas Hall

Contact hours

3 hrs lectures/wk, 1 hr laboratory/wk