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SIT192 - Discrete Mathematics


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Julien Ugon
Trimester 2: Julien Ugon




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour class per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour scheduled online workshops per week.


Assumed knowledge: Year 12 mathematics or equivalent. The unit SIT190 is recommended for students who did not complete VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4. 


In this unit you will explore the foundations of discrete mathematics, the basis for mathematical reasoning in applied and computational sciences. You will learn how to rigorously build, from first principles, the tools needed to address a wide range of mathematical and scientific problems. SIT192 is designed to prepare you for further study in disciplines where discrete mathematics play a fundamental or foundational role: cryptography, networks, computer programming, and analysis of algorithms.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand and apply tools from discrete mathematics to solve complex mathematical problems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Design and implement rigorous problem-solving strategies from first principles.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Plan and reflect on task management strategies to successfully fulfil responsibilities

GLO6: Self-management


Identify knowledge gaps and effectively seek and use appropriate learning resources to acquire necessary knowledge

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Learning portfolio Portfolio consisting of evidence of completion of unit modules, reports, workings for associated mathematical problems, and a learning summary report. 80% Weekly task submissions with final submission in Week 12
Examination 2-hour written examination  20% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to pass in this unit you must achieve a mark of at least 50% overall, and a mark of at least 50% at the examination.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Oscar Levin, 2019, Discrete Mathematics: An Open Introduction, 3rd Edition (or 2nd Edition), Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (freely available online).

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SIT192 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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