MATH429-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course is an introduction to matroid theory, a subject that unifies the notions of linear independence in linear algebra and forests in graph theory as well as the notions of duality for graphs and codes. Matroids are also the geometric structures that underlie the solution of many combinatorial optimisation problems.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 505
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 505
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 505
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

There are no tutorials. However, please feel free to see me in my office at any time.

Course Coordinator

Charles Semple


There are six fortnightly assignments.
The final examination is 150 minutes and worth 60%.

To obtain a passing grade in this course you must pass the course as a whole (which requires an overall mark of 50% or more) and score at least 40% in the final exam.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no set text for the course. However, an excellent text is Matroid Theory by James Oxley. There are two copies (1st and 2nd Editions) in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library.
In addition, there are several other texts on matroid theory that can be found in the library. You are
encouraged to read from these and other sources

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,074.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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