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First Year Discrete Mathematics BSc 2010/11

The first year course for Discrete Mathematics students introduces students to basic concepts in the area of Discrete Mathematics. It provides the background knowledge and skills necessary for a deeper understanding of the discipline, as well as a motivation for the breadth of topics to be covered later in the course. Students will learn basic concepts in university mathematics (like proofs, formal arguments, rigour and calculations), exercise mathematical reasoning, perform combinatorial analysis, and acquire knowledge about discrete structures. There is opportunity to develop transferable skills, and the flexibility inherent in the Warwick system allows students to follow their interests in a variety of allied fields, especially in Mathematics and Computer Science.

The normal load is about 120 CATS credits. The core of the first year comprises nine modules (114 CATS). In the core, students are required to take five modules from the core of Mathematics (60 CATS), two modules from the core of Computer Science (30 CATS), and two modules devoted to discrete mathematics and its applications that have been specifically designed for the Discrete Mathematics students (24 CATS together). Students should take the remaining CATS selected from the list of optional modules below, including at least 6 CATs from List A.

Core Modules




CS 118 Programming for Computer Scientists 1 15 E(60) A(40)
CS 126 Design of Information Structures 2 15 E(50) A(50)
CS 136 Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 1 1 12 E(80) A(20)
CS 137 Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 2 2 12 E(80) A(20)
MA 106 Linear Algebra 2 12 E(85) A(15)
MA 131 Analysis 1,2 24 E(60) A(40)
MA 132 Foundations 1 12 E(70) A(30)
MA 135 Vectors and Matrices 1 6 A(100)
ST 111 Probability A 2 6 E(90) A(10)

Optional Modules - List A

MA 112 Experimental Mathematics 3 6 A(100)
MA 124 Mathematics by Computer 2 6 A(100)
MA 125 Introduction to Geometry 1 6 E(100)
MA 134 Geometry and Motion 2 12 E(85) A(15)
MA 246 Number Theory 3 6 E(75) A(25)
IB 104 Mathematical Programming 1 3 12 E(66) A(34)
ST 112 Probability B 2 6 E(90) A(10)
ST 114 Games and Decisions 2 7.5 E(100)

Optional Modules - List B

CS 133 Professional Skills 1,2,3 15 A(100)
CS 134 Introduction to Computer Security 1,2 15 E(60) A(40)
MA 113 Differential Equations (Maths-Stats) 2 6  


Modules from other Departments

More information on modules taught by other departments can be found at the following sites:

  • Warwick Mathematics Institute
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Economics Department
  • Warwick Business School
  • Language Centre