MATH32031 Coding Theory  2013/14, Semester 1
ONLINE TEST:
is available on Blackboard
until the end of Thursday, 12 December, 2013.
Coding Theory discussion forum is open.
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choose MATH32031 and follow the link to the Forum from
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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.
Session notes (most recent first)
Week n, examples class notes typically contain full solutions to the example sheet set in week n1
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 worked on it during week 6 when there were no lectures or examples classes.

[10%] Online assessment: this will consist of a
Blackboardbased
online test which will be available for students to complete between Thursday in week 10 and Thursday in week 12.
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.

[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, Schuster Rutherford lecture theatre; Friday 12pm12:50pm and 1pm1:50pm, Chemistry G.51.
 Lecturer:
 Dr Yuri Bazlov
 email:
 yuri.bazlov, append AT and manchester.ac.uk
 office:
 2.220 Alan Turing building
 office hours:
 Tuesday 2:303:30pm. 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.