Foundations of Computing I - CO322

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) MS J Carter
Medway Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR C Li

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

Mathematical reasoning underpins many aspects of computer science and this module aims to provide the skills needed for other modules on the degree programme; we are not teaching mathematics for its own sake. Topics will include algebra, reasoning and proof, set theory, functions, statistics and computer arithmetic.

Details

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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 50
Private study hours: 100
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Canterbury
Coursework: 4 assessments taking 10 hours each (50%)
(Written) Algebra (10%)
(Written) Statistics (15%)
(Written) Proof (12.5%)
(Written) Set Theory (12.5%)

2 hour Examination (50%)

Medway
Coursework: 4 assessments taking 10 hours each (50%)
(Assessment) Algebra 10%)
(Assessment) Stats (15%)
(Assessment) Proof (12.5%)
(Assessment) Set Theory (12.5%)

2 hour Examination (50%)

Indicative reading

Clarke G & Cook D, A basic course in statistics, Hodder Arnold, 1998.
Croft & Davison, Foundation Maths, Prentice Hall, 2003.
Dean N, The Essence of Discrete mathematics, Prentice Hall.
Nissanke N, Introductory Logic and Sets for Computer Scientists, Addison Wesley.
Page SG, Mathematics: a second start, Ellis Horwood, 1986.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Have gained the algebraic understanding and manipulation skills required for the mathematics that underpins computer science.
Have developed a knowledge and understanding of, and the ability to apply the mathematical principles and concepts behind topics that comprise the CS programmes.
Have developed formal reasoning skills that will be required elsewhere in the degree programmes in which this module is taken.
Whilst not being directly applicable to programme learning outcomes these learning outcomes are vital to students' ability to achieve the programme learning outcomes.

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