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Discrete mathematics is that part of mathematics not involving limit processes. It includes logic, the integers, finite structures, sets and networks.
Discrete mathematics underpins many areas of modern-day science including theoretical computer science, cryptography, coding theory, operations research and computational biology. This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics, and is designed for students interested in mathematics or computer science. Topics covered in the course include: logic, number theory, cryptography, set theory, functions, relations, linear algebra and graph theory.Suitable background for MATH120 includes at least 18 credits in NCEA Level 3 Mathematics with Calculus and/or Level 3 Mathematics with Statistics; or MATH101 (available in Semester 1).
to develop the necessary mathematical skills to recognize and solve a range of problems in discrete mathematics to understand important ideas from classical number theory, abstract algebra and graph theory to develop the necessary mathematical skills to understand, analyse and decipher some of the old and modern cryptographic schemes to develop rigorous thinking based on an axiomatic approach
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
1. MATH101 or MATH102 or EMTH118 or COSC121 or STAT101, or 2. NCEA 14 Credits (18 strongly recommended) at level 3 Mathematics, or 3. Cambridge: D at A level or an A at AS level in Mathematics, or 4. IB: 4 at HL or 6 at SL in Mathematics, or 5. Approval of the Head of School based on alternative prior learning.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Geertrui Van de Voorde
General information for students
Domestic fee $735.00
International fee $3,525.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Mathematics and Statistics.