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The subject consists of three main topics. The bijective principle with applications to maps, permutations, lattice paths, trees and partitions. Algebraic combinatorics with applications rings, symmetric functions and tableaux. Ordered sets with applications to generating functions and the structure of combinatorial objects.
Intended learning outcomes
After completing the subject students will gain:
- an advanced knowledge of advanced discrete mathematics topics drawn from: Ramsey theory, graph theory, posets and lattices, enumeration, integer partitions, combinatorial designs, and finite geometries;
- the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
- problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
- analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
- collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
- time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.
Last updated: 6 December 2019