Courses & Units

Discrete Mathematics with Applications 1 KMA155



It is recommended that students without the programming skills to the equivalent of ITC315108 complete either KIT001 or KIT101


The aim of the unit is to introduce some basic ideas of discrete mathematics, which is to say, roughly, mathematics not based on calculus or limits. This material is pertinent to later mathematics courses such as those in algebra and also to the science and technology specific to the computer age. Topics such as sets, logic, number theory, counting, matrices and graphs are discussed with many examples, and with emphasis on applications using Python. This provides a treatment of discrete mathematics for students planning to study such areas of advanced mathematics as Algebra, Number Theory, Operations Research and Statistics, as well as students taking a first course in Computer Science. Skills developed are also useful for careers in Engineering, Management, Finance, Economics and Teaching.
On completion of this unit, you will be able to apply the following:
Set theory: Set notation, set operations, Venn diagrams, Cartesian products, set identities.
Logic: Statements (propositions), negation, conjunction and disjunction of statements, truth tables, logical equivalence, implication, De Morgan’s laws, tautologies, contradictions, and mathematical Induction.
Number theory: Prime numbers, divisibility properties, positional notation.
Combinatorics: Counting arrangements, permutations and combinations.
Matrices & Modelling: Definition and examples, addition, multiplication. Application to modelling.


Unit name Discrete Mathematics with Applications 1
Unit code KMA155
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Information & Communication Technology|Mathematics
Coordinator Associate Professor Malgorzata O'Reilly
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Read and communicate in relevant mathematical language and notation.
  • Supply and use formal definitions and properties of fundamental mathematical structures encountered in the unit.
  • Use standard proof techniques.
  • Engage with application of the concepts of modelling real-world situations with techniques of discrete mathematics.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010199 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures, 1 x 1-hr tutorial, 1 x 1-hr lab

AssessmentTutorial assignments 1-5 (30%)|Programming assignments 1-5 (10%)|Tests 1-3 (60%)
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