Course Syllabus - Spring 2013

From the College Catalog :Finite combinatorial structures; existence, construction and applications. Topics include Latin squares, Hadamard matrices, block designs, finite geometries and extremal and non-constructive combinatorics.

Prerequisites: Math 5718 (Linear Algebra), Math 7409(Applied Combinatorics) or permission of instructor.

A comment on prerequisites: The prerequisites for this course should be taken as a guide to the course content, but should not prevent anyone from taking the course. The Linear Algebra prerequisite is there because many of the constructions we look at in this course start with finite fields, which are constructed from vector spaces. The Applied Combinatorics prerequisite is present because many of the topics in this course are introduced in that course. However, this course is totally self-contained and any tools we would need from other courses will be introduced anew.

Meets: T, Th: 2 - 3:15
Room: CU Bldg. 641 (?)

Text: text cover   D. R. Stinson, Combinatorial Designs: Constructions and Analysis, Springer, 2003

Exams: There will be three oral exams. They will cover specific chapters of the book (see below). An oral exam is graded as a high pass, pass, or fail. Failure of an oral exam will result in a written exam on the same material within a week of the oral exam. You are to tell me when you are ready to take an exam, however this must be done within two weeks after all the topics have been discussed in class.

Homework: All the problems in the assigned chapters of the text are considered homework problems, plus any additional ones I assign in class. From time to time I will ask you to write up and hand in some problems. These will be graded.

Applied Project: There will be a written project and oral presentation of same. Each student will be assigned a different application topic (most from Chapter 11 of the text) and will be required to do a literary search on that topic and write up their findings.

Grades: Grades will be determined as follows:

Oral Exams 60%
Project 20%
Homework & Participation 20%

Pluses and minuses may be used in final grades at my discretion.

Syllabus: I plan on covering the entire text (except chapters 8 and 11) at a pace of about one chapter every week and a half. Not all chapters will be dealt with in full detail.


1/22Class Starts
3/12 Approximate time to take Oral Exam I (Chaps. 1 - 3)
3/26,28 No Class - Spring Break
4/16 Approximate time to take Oral Exam II (Chaps. 4 - 6)
4/23 Projects Due
5/7 Oral Presentations Start
5/14 Last day to take Oral Exam III (Chaps. 7, 9, 10)
Note: Any and all of the above is open to negotiation.

And here is the obligatory message from CLAS:


Spring 2013 CLAS Academic Policies

The following policies pertain to all degree students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

  • Schedule verification: It is each studentís responsibility to verify online that his/her official registration is correct: verify before classes begin and prior to the drop/add deadline. Failure to verify schedule accuracy is not sufficient reason to justify a late add or drop.
  • E-mail: Students must activate and regularly check their official student e-mail account for CU Denver business: Those who forward email must check CU Denver e-mail regularly for messages not automatically forwarded.
  • Waitlists:

        Students are not automatically notified if they are added to a class from a waitlist.

        Students are not automatically dropped from a class if they never attended, stopped attending, or do not make tuition payments.

        Waitlists are purged after the 1st week of classes, after which a paper Schedule Adjustment Form (SAF or drop/add form) is required. It is the student's responsibility to get the form (online or at the Advising Office, NC 4002), have it signed, deliver it to the Registrar (Annex 100) or the Student Services Center (NC 1003), and verify her/his schedule online.

  • Late adds (after 6 February) will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late add are beyond the studentís control. This will require a written petition and verifiable documentation. Petition forms are available in NC 4002. The signature of a faculty member on a SAF does not guarantee that a late add petition will be approved.
  • Late drops/withdrawals (after 15 April) will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late drop have arisen after the published drop deadline and are beyond the studentís control. This will require a written petition and verifiable documentation. The signature of a faculty member does not guarantee that a late drop/withdrawal petition will be approved.
  • Tuition: Students are responsible for completing arrangements with financial aid, family, scholarships, etc. to pay their tuition prior to Census Date (6 February). Students who drop after that date are (1) financially responsible for tuition and fees, (2) academically responsible and will receive a "W" grade, and (3) are ineligible for a refund of COF hours or tuition.
  • Graduation:

        Undergraduate students wishing to graduate in spring 2013 must (1) first meet with their CLAS advisor; (2) then meet with their major and minor advisor(s), who will complete the electronic form required to verify eligibility to graduate; and (3), only then, apply for graduation online through UCDAccess. These steps must be completed by Census Date (6 February), which is an absolute deadline without exceptions.

        Graduate students wishing to graduate in spring semester 2013 must complete the online Intent to Graduate form and have a Request for Admissions to Candidacy on file with the CU Denver Graduate School (LSC 1251) no later than 5 PM, February 6, 2013.


Important Dates and Deadlines

  • January 21, 2013: Martin Luther King Holiday. Last day to withdraw from all classes via UCDAccess and receive a refund of the $200 advance payment and all tuition.
  • January 22, 2013: First day of classes.
  • January 27, 2013: Last day to add or waitlist classes using UCDAccess. After this date, a Schedule Adjustment Form (SAF) is required to change, add, or drop.
  • January 28, 2013: Last day to drop without a $100 drop charge. No adds permitted on this day.
  • January 29 - February 6, 2013:

        UCDAccess registration is closed; registration now requires a SAF with faculty signature.

        Verify your registration via UCDAccess. You are not registered for a course unless your name appears on the official roster; conversely, your name may have been added automatically from the waitlist without notification, which means that you will be held responsible.

  • February 6, 2013: Census date.

        2/6/13, 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 does not apply to independent studies, internships, project hours, thesis hours, dissertation hours, and modular courses.

        2/6/13, 5 PM: Last day to drop a course or completely withdraw from spring 2013 using a SAF and still receive tuition refund, minus the drop fee. After this date, tuition is forfeited and a "W" will appear on the transcript. This includes section changes. This is an absolute deadline.

        2/6/13, 5 PM: Last day to request Pass/Fail or No-Credit option for a course.

        2/6/13, 5 PM: Last day for a graduate student to register for a Candidate for Degree and last day for a Ph.D. student to petition for a reduction in hours.

        2/6/13, 5 PM: Last day to apply for spring 2013 graduation. If an undergraduate, you must make an appointment and see your academic advisor to apply. If a graduate student, you must complete the Intent to Graduate and Candidate for Degree forms.

  • February 18-27 (estimated), 2013: Faculty can use the Early Alert system.
  • March 25-31, 2013: Spring Break.
  • April 1, 2013, 5 PM: Last day for non-CLAS students to drop or withdraw without a petition and special approval from the academic dean. After this date, a deanís signature is required.
  • April 15, 2013, 5 PM: Last day for CLAS students to drop or withdraw with signatures from the faculty and dean but without a full petition. After this date, all schedule changes require a full petition. Petitions are available in NC 4002 for undergraduates and in the CU Denver Graduate School offices for graduate students.
  • May 13-18, 2013: Finals Week. No schedule changes will be granted once finals week has started--there are no exceptions to this policy. Commencement is May 18.
  • May 22, 2013 (tentative): Due date for faculty submission of grades.
  • May 27, 2013 (tentative): Spring final grades available on UCD Access.

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