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CS 208 Discrete Mathematics
Shrestha, Bijaya


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Course

CS 208 Discrete Mathematics

Semester

S2T 2009 DLA

Faculty

Shrestha, Bijaya

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Daytime Phone

(573) 341-6068

E-Mail

bijaya.shrestha@park.edu

Semester Dates

S2T 2009

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: MA 131 or higher-level course

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

(1) Discrete Mathematics, 5th Edition (November 18, 2005) by John A. Dossey, Albert D. Otto, Lawrence E. Spence, and Charles Vanden Eynden. ISBN 0321305159. Addison Wesley.

(2) Student's Solutions Manual to Discrete Mathematics, 5th edition, by Dossey, Otto, Spence, and Vanden Eynden. ISBN 0-321-30517-5, Addison Wesley.

(3) If you are looking for an equation editor, you can try Math Equation Editor, 30-day free trial version found in http://www.mathtype.com/en/products/mathtype/. MathType enables students to export or save the symbols into .gif or .jpg format. You can then insert the .gif/.jpg file in the assignments for submission.

You can also write your equations in hardcopy paper, scan your work, and save the file in .gif or .jpg format, and then insert the .gif/.jpg file in the assignments for submission.

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Course Description:
CS208 Discrete Mathematics: This course introduces the students to selected finite systems pertinent to the study of computer science. Course topics will include combinatorial problem solving, logic, Boolean algebra, combinatorial circuits, sets, relations, functions, proofs, mathematical induction, recurrence relations, graphs, trees, and counting techniques. Prequisite: Any math course > MA131. 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and solve problems involving logics, Boolean algebra, combinatorial circuits, sets, relations, and functions, proofs, mathematical induction, and recurrence relations.
  2. Explain and solve problems involving graphs, paths, circuits, graph coloring, directed graphs, shortest path algorithms
  3. Explain and solve problems involving trees, spanning trees, rooted trees, binary trees, and tree traversal algorithms.
  4. Explain and solve problems involving counting techniques such as permutations, combinations, binomial theorem, and probability.


Core Assessment:



For this course, the assessment is based on a final exam. There will be 4 questions in each of the 8 categories, i.e. Synthesis, Analysis,… etc. Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam. Furthermore, all 4 questions for each category should cover all 4 learning outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Grading:

You will be able to track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90%-100%; B = 80%-90%; C = 70%-80%; D = 60%-70%; F = 0-60%. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you to succeed in this class. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing Weekly Reading assignments
  • Completing Weekly Discussions
  • Completing Weekly Homework assignments
  • Completing Weekly Quizzes
  • Completing a Final Examination. This step is essential!
  • Completing a Online Survey of Student Opinion of Teaching

Reading Assignments:

Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook and the lectures. The Online Discussions, Homework Assignments, Quizzes and Final Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Class Participation (Online Discussions):

Students should visit the discussion area at least three times each week or a minimum three hours per week.

Homework Assignments & Quizzes

All assignments and quizzes should be completed on or before Sunday 11:59 pm Central time. Homework must be done independently. Students will place completed assignments in the dropbox. Do not post answers to quizzes or assignments in the discussion threads.

Note that weekly quiz 1 is to be taken on or before 11:59pm Central Time on Friday of the academic week to receive full credit (i.e., 3 points) for each correct answer. Between Saturday 12:00am Central Time and Sunday 11:59pm Central Time, each correct answer in weekly quiz 1 is worth 2 points. Weekly quiz 2 does not have this restriction.

Proctored Examination:

Final Examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th (or 16th) week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the University where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University website. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. Some graduate courses may not require a proctored final examination.

Grade Distribution:

Assignment Points % of Grade (roughly)
Weekly Discussion Participation 126 12%
Weekly Quiz 420 38%
Weekly Homework 333 30%
Final Examination 224 20%

Course Grading Scale:

This subsection should list the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during a course. The grading scale must use the following scale below, and point totals for each letter grade must be included (see example below).

A = 90-100% (or 992 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 882 to 991 points)
C = 70-79% (or 772 to 881 points)
D = 60-69% (or 661 to 771 points)
F = < 60% (660 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments and quizzes must be completed by 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday of the academic week. There will be 20% penalty for each day that a homework is turned in late. Students are not allowed to take a quiz that is scheduled beyond its due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

On-Line Participation

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per class week logged on to the computer discussion area-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics as well as the concepts of combinatorial problems and techniques.

Week 2: Sets, Relations, Functions, and Mathematical Induction. You will also learn to apply the mathematical introduction to establish facts for the subsequent chapters.

Week 3: Recurrence Relations and Logic.

Week 4: Methods of Proof and Combinatorial Circuits.

Week 5: Graphs.

Week 6: Trees.

Week 7: Counting Techniques.

Week 8: Review and Final Exam.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Course-Specific Policies:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday.


On-Line Participation


This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of three hours per class week logged on to the computer discussion area-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom.


Weekly Self-Checks and Quizzes



  • Each week, there are two weekly self-checks and two weekly quizzes. The scope of Self-Check 1 and Quiz 1 covers the first half of the material in a week, and the scope of Self-Check 2 and Quiz 2 covers the second half of the material.


  • Each quiz has 10 questions.


  • You have an hour to finish each quiz.


  • You can only take each quiz one time.


  • You must complete both weekly quizzes by Sunday 11:59pm Central time, with the following additional restriction for spreading the work throughout the week.



    1. If you take Quiz 1 on or before Friday 11:59pm Central time, each correct answer is worth 3 points. If you take Quiz 1 after Friday 11:59pm Central time, each correct answer is worth 2 points.


    2. Each correct answer in Quiz 2 is worth 3 points.



  • You should try to finish Quiz 1 before attempting Quiz 2 since the material is sequential in nature (with the later sections of a chapter depending on the concepts in the earlier sections.)



  • The questions in a weekly quiz are similar to those in the corresponding self-check. Try to do a self-check, before taking the corresponding quiz. In fact, you may do a weekly self-check as many times as you wish before taking the corresponding weekly quiz.

    Homework Format and Submission




    • Each homework question is worth 3 points.


    • Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned.


    • Do not post your homework or end of chapter problem answers in the virtual classroom.


    • Homework must be done independently.


    • Post all parts of the assignment in a weekly dropbox, by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing an appropriate week: Activities. If needed, click on the Help button above for more information on Course Tools/Using the Dropbox.


    • It is very important that you verify your assignment is indeed in the dropbox, after you post your assignment in a dropbox. There are many instances in the past in which students thought their assignments were in the dropbox, but the assignments actually were not successfully transmitted.


    • Type your answer using a word processor. For mathematical symbols, you will need "equation editor". If you don't have an equation editor, you can also write your work on a paper and scan and save your work in .gif or .jpg format. See http://www.mathtype.com/en/products/mathtype/ for a 30-day free trial version.


    • What should be included in the answer to a problem? It depends on the question itself. If the question only asks you to determine whether it is true or false, you just need to provide a true or false value. If the question asks you to explain the reason or justify your answer, you will need to provide an explanation to justify your answer. If the question asks you to prove a statement, you will need to provide a complete proof.

    Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

    Online Course Policies




  • Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Demonstrate mastery of 4 questions Demonstrate mastery of 3 questions Demonstrate mastery of 2 questions Demonstrate mastery of 0-1 questions 

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