MATH32031 Coding Theory  2014/15, Semester 1
*** 2015 exam solutions and feedback is available here. ***
Example sheets, lecture notes, slides and podcasts
Lecture notes:
here are the lecture notes from the 2013/14
academic year. The material is not expected to vary too much, but use at your own risk.
Lecture slides and podcasts:
are available via Blackboard.
About this course
Please read a short description
here.
Previous years' exams
Coding Theory exam papers from years
20082014 are
here.
Model solutions are provided for most papers.
Extra material (optional)
Here you can view
Golay's original paper of 1949
where he introduced the Hamming codes and two other
perfect codes known as the Golay codes. Amazingly, the paper is only half a page long. (C) IEEE
Here is a newspaper article
which attempts to describe, to a lay audience, an example
of use of the Distance Theorem for linear codes.
Here is a survey of early Algebraic Coding Theory.
You can read about a football pool enthusiast who happened to discover the ternary Golay code more than a year before Golay.
Organisation
There will be three 50minute sessions per week in weeks 15 and 712.
Two sessions will be designated as lectures, and one as an examples class.
There will be example sheets. In an examples class, we will typically be going over the solutions to the questions on the most recent example sheet; sometimes
we will do short quizzes in class, which will not be assessed (due to
traditionally large class size of MATH32031).
Assessment and elearning
Percentages indicate the weighting of each mode of assessment in the final mark.

[10%] Assessed homework 1: a takehome problem sheet. Students will work on it during week 6 when there wll be no lectures/examples classes.
Due by 4pm on 06/11/14.

[10%] Online assessment: this will consist of a
Blackboardbased
online test available for students to complete between week 10 and week 12.
Due by 11:59pm on 11/12/14.
The test will have to be completed
by the students in their own time. Students will be able to retake the test. The mark for the test will be the mark for best attempt. See the Discussion Forum on Blackboard for full rules.

[80%] Endofsemester exam.
Students will be given access to the Blackboardbased
Coding Theory Discussion Forum,
where various aspects of the course will be discussed. This forum
is a useful venue for asking (and answering!) questions
about the course material, assessment, etc.
Arrangements
 Timetable:
 Wednesday 12pm12:50pm, Friday 12pm12:50pm and 1pm1:50pm, Schuster Rutherford lecture theatre.
 Lecturer:
 Dr Yuri Bazlov
 email:
 yuri.bazlov, append AT and manchester.ac.uk
 office:
 2.220 Alan Turing building
 office hours:
 Tuesdays 12:3013:30. I intend to be available in my office
during the office hours, but students may come to see me at other times as
well, or make an appointment by email.