Module Identifier MA33210  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr V Mavron  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite MA21410  
Course delivery Lecture   19 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 1 hour example classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours (written examination)  100%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours (written examination)  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

Brief description

This module will aim to cover the basics of classical combinatorics, the emphasis being on techniques rather than theory. The key ideas are those of selections, permutations and partitions.


To understand the concepts of selection and permutation and to recognise when and how to use some basic counting techniques.


1. Permutations and selections. Binomial coefficient. Identities involving binomial coefficients. Selections with repetition allowed. Multinomial coefficients. The Pigeonhole Principle.
2. Partitions of integers. Ferrers' Diagrams.
3. Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion. Derangements. Partitions of sets. Stirling numbers of the second kind.
4. Homogeneous second order linear difference equations. Simple inhomogeneous cases.
5. Latin squares. Orthogonality. Balanced designs.
6. Codes. Hamming distance. Error detection and correction.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
R P Grimaldi (1999) Discrete Combinatorial Mathematics 4th. Addison-Wesley 0201304244
** Supplementary Text
I Anderson (1974) A First Course in Combinatorial Mathematics OUP 0198596170
C L Liu (1985) Elements of Discrete Mathematics 2nd. McGraw-Hill 007038133X
N Biggs (1989) Discrete Mathematics OUP 0198534272


This module is at CQFW Level 6