MAT1830 - Discrete mathematics for computer science - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Semester 1 - Dr Daniel Horsley (Clayton)

Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)

Semester 2 - Heiko Dietrich (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • October intake 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces fundamental discrete mathematics topics including combinatorics, sets, relations and functions; methods of logic and proof, especially proof by induction; probability theory, Bayes' theorem; recursion; recurrence relations; trees and other graphs. It establishes the mathematical basis required for studies in Computer Science and Software Engineering.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify basic methods of proof, particularly induction, and apply them to solve problems in mathematics and computer science;
  2. manipulate sets, relations, functions and their associated concepts, and apply these to solve problems in mathematics and computer science;
  3. use and analyse simple first and second order recurrence relations;
  4. use trees and graphs to solve problems in computer science;
  5. apply counting principles in combinatorics;
  6. describe the principles of elementary probability theory, evaluate conditional probabilities and use Bayes' Theorem.


Semester 1: Examination (3 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Semester 2: Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Three hours of lectures
    • One 90 minute tutorial
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 7.5 hours independent study per week for completing tutorial and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Applied mathematics

Computational science


Software engineering


VCE Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 or Further maths with a study score of at least 35.


MAT1077, MTH1112

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