MATH120-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Discrete Mathematics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


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).

Learning Outcomes

  • 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


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.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jeanette McLeod

Course Administrator

Phillipa Gourdie


Geertrui Van de Voorde


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Tutorials 6%
Assignments 22%
Mid-course test 24%
Final examination 48%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $735.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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