MTH259 - Topics in Modern Mathematics

Outline information
Schools offering this subject
Last revision date May 25, 2020 1:51:00 AM
Last review date Aug 3, 2020 12:15:13 AM

Subject Title
Topics in Modern Mathematics

Subject Description

This is a one-semester mathematics course designed to deepen students? understandings of mathematics.  The course will introduce students to various topics within mathematics that are not typically part of a high school mathematics program.  Students do not require any previous knowledge of the topics being covered in this course.  In addition to gaining confidence and an appreciation of mathematics, students will be able to apply these new math skills to help them be more successful in other courses in their program. 

Topics being introduced in this course will be taken from some of the following areas of mathematics: set theory, mathematical logic, combinatorics & probability, statistics, and financial math.  No previous background of any mathematical concepts is required for success in this course.

Credit Status
This is a required course in the Liberal Arts Program (LAT) and the General Arts Certificate Program (GAP).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Identify properties of sets, including complements, represent sets using Venn diagrams, and perform set operations.


Symbolically represent logic statements using quantifiers, and assess the validity and truth values of formal statements.


Understand the basic principles of probability and conditional probability, and apply principles of counting techniques to solve probability questions.


Characterizing data by using descriptive methods of statistic to find measures of centre, variance and dispersion (standard deviation), as well as interpreting these measures.  Students will also use z-tables and measures of relative standing to interpret normally distributed data.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.