Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In Discrete Mathematics you will explore some important mathematical ideas that play a key role in modern computing. Topics include number bases, logic, sets, relations, recursion, Boolean algebra and cryptography. Although Discrete Mathematics is designed in particular for those who are studying information technology, the subject is relevant and useful for any person with an interest in contemporary mathematics and its applications.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMumtaz Hussain

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Discrete mathematics for computing.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorGrossman, P.


Edition/Volume3RD EDN



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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. By the end of this subject, students will be able to convert numbers between bases, carry out arithmetic in non-decimal bases, and apply some of the mathematical ideas involved in storing and manipulating numbers in a computer.
02. Apply the laws of logic and truth tables to establish and verify equivalences in propositional and simple predicate logic.
03. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of set theory, and use the laws of sets to establish set equalities.
04. Classify, and construct examples of, binary relations according to key properties that they may or may not possess, and determine structures (e.g. partitions that equivalence and partial order relations generate in their underlying sets.
05. Analyse and design simple iterative and recursive algorithms.
06. Apply the laws of Boolean algebra to the simplification of Boolean expressions and design of digital circuits.
07. Encrypt and decrypt messages using fundamental secret key and public key methods.
08. Demonstrate effective written communication skills by presenting mathematical ideas and solutions to problems in a clear and logical fashion, supported by appropriate explanations and correct use of mathematical notation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMumtaz Hussain

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 3-hour examination

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8

One 50-minute test (20%) and two 30-minute tests (each 10%)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO8