Mathematics 342, Algebra and Coding theory, Section 201
Term 2, 2018. TTh 9:30  10:50 in LSK 460

Instructor : Z. Reichstein
Office: 1105 Math Annex
Office hours: M 23, W 12
Phone: 23929
email:reichst@math.ubc.ca
Textbook :
Raymond Hill, A first course in coding theory, Oxford University Press
Course description :
Math 342 is an introduction to abstract algebra and errorcorrecting codes.
Both proof and algorithmic techniques will be emphasized. Topics will include coding and decoding schemes, finite fields, vector spaces over finite fields, linear codes, syndrome decoding, Hamming codes, coding bounds,
BCH codes and
ReedSolomon codes.
Registration : Questions regarding
registering for this class, switching sections, etc., should
be addressed to the Mathematics Department office staff,
Rm. 121 Mathematics Building.
Homework :
Homework will be assigned biweekly and collected in class. Late homework
will NOT be accepted. The lowest homework grade will be dropped.
Students are allowed to consult one another concerning homework problems,
but solutions submitted for credit must be written by the student in his or her own words. Copying solutions from another student, from the web or from any other source, and turning them in as your own is a violation of the Academic Code.
Problem Set 1, due Thursday, January 18
Evaluation : Course mark will be based on
the homework, two midterms and the final exam.
The total course mark will be the higher of the following:
Total1 := HW /20 + Midterm1 /20 + Midterm2 /20 + Final /40 or
Total2 := HW /20 + Best Midterm /20 + Final /60
Midterm exams are scheduled for Thursday,
February 8 and Thursday, March 15.
Missed exam policy:
Please make sure you do not make travel plans, work plans,
etc., without regard to the examination schedule in this class.
There will be no makeup or alternate exams.
If you miss a midterm, your score will be
recorded as 0, unless you have a serious documented
reason (an illness, a death in the family, etc.), in which case you
should discuss your circumstances with me as soon as possible,
in advance of the test. Note that
you may still get a 100% in the course, even if you get
a score of 0 on one midterm (see the marking scheme above).
Missed finals are not handled by me or the Mathematics
Department. Students with legitimate reasons
for missing the final exam should request
a ``Standing Deferred" status through their faculty.
Students with disabilities :
Please see the instructor early in the term if you need any
special accommodations.
Academic Integrity.
The Mathematics Department strictly enforces
UBC's Academic Integrity code.