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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


Dr Jennifer Flegg (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Probability and combinatorics: elementary probability theory, random variables, probability distributions, expected value; counting arguments in combinatorics; statistics. Linear algebra: vectors and matrices, matrix algebra with applications to flow problems and Markov chains; matrix inversion methods. Calculus: differentiation and partial differentiation; constructing Taylor series expansions.


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

  1. apply counting principles in combinatorics and derive key combinatorial identities;
  2. describe the principles of elementary probability theory, evaluate conditional probabilities and use Bayes' Theorem;
  3. recognise some standard probability density functions, calculate their mean, variance and standard deviation, demonstrate their properties and apply them to relevant problems;
  4. implement the principles of experimental design based on those probability density functions, and apply confidence intervals to sample statistics;
  5. demonstrate basic knowledge and skills of linear algebra, including to manipulate matrices, solve linear systems, and evaluate and apply determinants;
  6. apply knowledge of linear algebra to relevant problems, such as network flow and Markov chains;
  7. describe fundamental knowledge of calculus including to differentiate basic, composite, inverse and parametric functions;
  8. calculate approximations of functions with tangent lines, evaluate power series and construct Taylor series;
  9. perform key skills in the calculus of functions of several variables including to calculate partial derivatives, find tangent planes, identify stationary points and construct Taylor series.


Examination (3 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Three hours of lectures
  • 1.5 hours laboratories

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 7.5 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)


ENG1091, MAT1841, MTH1030

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