Foundations of Computing II - CO325

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) MS J Carter


Pre-requisite: COMP3220: Foundations of Computing I





This module follows from CO322 and aims to provide students with more understanding of the theory behind the formal underpinnings of computing. It will build upon the abstract reasoning skills introduced in CO322. Matrices, vectors, differential calculus, probability and logic will be introduced.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

For those who have A level mathematics
Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

For those who do not have A level mathematics
Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
2 hour Examination (50%)
Vectors (15%)
Logic (20%)
Probability (15%)

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.
Truss, J.K., Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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.
Have basic understanding of Propositional and Predicate Logic: their syntax (connectives, quanitifiers) and their semantics (truth tables, logical equivalences).
Be able to write and evaluate expressions in Propositional and Predicate Logic.

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