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.
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:
|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.
|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)|
|5/7||Oral Presentations Start|
|5/14||Last day to take Oral Exam III (Chaps. 7, 9, 10)|
Spring 2013 CLAS Academic Policies
The following policies pertain to all degree students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
∑ 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.
∑ 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
∑ 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.
∑ 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.