Course Syllabus - Spring 2010

From the College Catalog : Focuses on the use of graph theory and combinatorics to solve problems in a wide variety of disciplines. Applications are selected from computer science, communication networks, economics, operations research, and the social, biological and environmental sciences.

Prerequisites: Math 4408 (Applied Graph Theory) and Math 3191 (Applied Linear Algebra)

Text: Cameron, Combinatorics; Topics, Techniques, Algorithms, Cambridge 1994 (The text may be ordered directly from the publisher by clicking on the title)

Exams: There will be no exams as such in this course.

Homework: Homework will be assigned from the text and also on handout sheets. The homework will be aligned with the topics talked about in the lectures. Expect an assignment about once every two weeks. These will be submitted for grading. There will be some additional questions for graduate students.

Project: Two modeling projects will be required (3 for graduate students). For each project, a real world problem will be selected, a discrete mathematics model for the problem will be chosen and some of the results of the model will be examined in light of the real world context. The deadlines are given below.

Presentation: A 15-minute presentation to the class on the one of the projects will be required at the end of the semester.

Grades:

Homework (40%)
Project I (20%)
Final Project (30%)
In class presentation of project (10%)

For graduate students change to: HW(30%), Proj I & II (15% apiece)



There's no curving of grades : A(100-90) B(89-80) C(79-70) D(69-60) F( < 60). Plusses and minuses may be used in final grades at my discretion.

Time Table:

01/13/10

The Art of Modeling

03/10/10

Project I Due

3/22 - 3/24

No Classes : Spring Break

04/14/10

Project 2 for Graduate Students due

04/28/10

Student Presentations start

05/10/10

Final Project Due



Syllabus: We shall deal with from 5 to 8 specially selected topics involving discrete math models in depth. The specific topics are not as important as the general scheme of how to carry out the modeling paradigm using discrete mathematics.

Note: Any and all of the above is open to negotiation.

Class policies and procedures can be located on the webpage for the course.



And here is the obligatory statement from CLAS.

Spring 2010 CLAS Academic Policies


The following policies pertain to all students and are strictly adhered to by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

  • Every student MUST check and verify their schedule prior to the published drop/add deadlines. Failure to verify a schedule is not sufficient reason to justify a late add or drop later in the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their schedule is correct prior to the appropriate deadlines.

  • CLAS students must use their email.ucdenver.edu email address. Email is the official method of communication for all University of Colorado Denver business. All email correspondence will take place using your UCDHSC email address. Go to http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/students/policies/Pages/EmailPolicy.aspx to activate your email address.

  • Students are NOT automatically added to a course off a wait list after wait lists are dropped. If a student is told by a faculty member that they will be added off the wait list, it is the responsibility of the student to complete the proper paperwork to add a course.

  • Students are not automatically notified if they are added to a class from a wait-list. Again, it is the responsibility of the student to verify their schedule prior to any official dates to drop or add courses.

  • Students must complete and submit a drop/add form to make any schedule changes. Students are not automatically dropped from a class if they never attended, stopped attending or do not make tuition payments.

  • Late adds will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late add are beyond the student’s control and can be documented independently. This will require a petition and documentation from the student. Please note that the signature of a faculty member on an add form does not guarantee that a late add petition will be approved. Petitions are available in NC 4011.

  • Late drops will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late drop have arisen after the published drop deadlines, are beyond the student’s control, and can be documented independently. This will require a petition and documentation from the student. Pre-existing circumstances (circumstances that existed prior to the published drop deadlines) regarding illness, work, family, or other confounding issues will not be considered adequate reason to drop or withdraw from courses after the published University and/or College drop deadlines. Please note that the signature of a faculty member does not guarantee that a late drop petition will be approved. Petitions are available in NC 4011.

  • Undergraduate students wishing to graduate in spring of 2010 must meet with their academic advisor by census date to obtain a graduation application. This application must be completed and submitted by 5 PM on February 3, 2010. You can obtain an application ONLY after meeting with your academic advisor. There are no exceptions to this policy or date.

  • Graduate students wishing to graduate in spring semester 2010 must complete their Intent to Graduate form and have a Request for Admissions to Candidacy on file with the CLAS Dean’s office no later than 5 PM, February 3, 2010.

  • Students are responsible for completing financial arrangements with financial aid, family, scholarships, etc. to pay their tuition. Students will be responsible for all tuition and fees for courses they do not officially drop using proper drop/add procedures and forms.

Students who drop after the published drop/add period will not be eligible for a refund of the COF hours or tuition.



Important Dates


  • January 19, 2010: First day of Class

  • January 24, 2010: Last day to add a class or be added to a wait list for a class using the SMART system.

  • January 25, 2010: LAST DAY TO DROP WITHOUT DROP CHARGE – THIS INCLUDES SECTION CHANGES.

  • January 25, 2010: Wait Lists are dropped. Any student who was not added to a course automatically from the wait list by this date and time MUST complete a schedule adjustment form to be added to the class. Students are NOT automatically added to the class from the wait list after this date and time. If your name is not on the official student roster, you are not registered for the course.

  • January 26-February 3, 2010: Students are responsible for verifying an accurate spring 2010 course schedule via the SMART registration system. Students are NOT notified of their wait-list status by the university. All students must check their scheduled prior to February 3, 2010 for accuracy.

  • January 26, 2010: First day instructor may approve request to add a student to a full course with a Schedule Adjustment Form.

  • February 3, 2010: Census date.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day to add structured courses without a written petition for a late add. This is an absolute deadline and is treated as such. This deadline does not apply to independent study, internships, project hours, thesis hours, dissertation hours, and late-starting modular courses.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day to drop a spring 2010 course or completely with draw from all spring 2010 courses using a schedule adjustment form with a tuition adjustment minus the drop charge and no transcript notation – this includes section changes. Drops after this date will appear on your transcript. This is an absolute deadline and is treated as such.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day to request pass/fail or no credit option for a course.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day to for a graduate student to register for a Candidate for Degree.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day for a Ph.D. student to petition for a reduction in hours.

  • February 3, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day to apply for spring 2010 graduation. You must make an appointment and see your academic advisor before this date to apply for graduation if you are an undergraduate; you must complete the intent to graduate and candidate for degree form if you are a graduate student.

  • February 15-24, 2010: Faculty can use the early alert system.

  • March 22-28, 2010: Spring break (no classes/campus open)

  • April 2, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day for non CLAS students to drop or withdraw from all classes without a petition and special approval from the student’s academic Dean. After this date, a dean’s signature is needed.

  • April 16, 2010 at 5 PM: Last day for CLAS students to drop or withdraw from all classes with signatures from the faculty and Dean without a petition. This is treated as an absolute deadline.

  • After April 16, 2010 all schedule changes require a full petition. Petitions are available in NC 4011.

  • May 10-15, 2010: Finals Week

  • No schedule changes will be granted once finals week has started. There are NO exceptions to this policy.




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