CODE 
CPS1005 

TITLE 
Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science 

LEVEL 
01  Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course 

ECTS CREDITS 
5 

DEPARTMENT 
Computer Science 

DESCRIPTION 
The studyunit is primarily aimed to introduce fundamental mathematical tools that are required for the formal and rigorous treatment of the various aspects of computing. The importance of formal reasoning is emphasised in the studyunit, concentrating on syntax, and formal proofs. The studyunit builds upon the basic mathematical tools presented in CPS1002, and similarly explains various mathematical notions and structures that will be used in later studyunits.
The studyunit introduces fundamental mathematical concepts  the use of axioms, rules of inference and syntactic definitions to express concepts in a precise mathematical notation, thus making them amenable to formal reasoning and proof.
 Natural Numbers and cardinality, including reasoning about infinite sets;  Further sequences, multisets, graph theory;  Principles of Induction and structured types.
Studyunit Aims:
The main aims of the studyunit are to continue to:  Provide the students with an understanding of mathematical tools pertaining to discrete structures which will be required to reason and understand scientific and engineering notions later on in the degree programme;  Build and strengthen the students' skills in decomposing and tackling abstract problems  indirectly applicable to many computing domains, from programming, to information management.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the studyunit the student will be able to:  Understand further the underlying notions underneath many computing concepts, such as programming, complex data structures and databases;  Reason formally about such concepts;  Apply various mathematic tools (logic, set theory, etc.) and fundamental results which are used in later on in the programme of study.
2. Skills:
By the end of the studyunit the student will be able to:  Use tools of proof and mathematical reasoning which will be applied in other studyunits;  Reason mathematically about programs and systems.
Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
Main text:
 Gordon J. Pace, Mathematics of Discrete Structures for Computer Science, SpringerVerlag. ISBN 9783642298394, 2012
Supplementary reading:
 Andrew Simpson, Discrete Mathematics by Example, McGrawHill, ISBN 0077098404, 2002  John O'Donnell, Cordelia Hall, Rex Page, Discrete Mathematics Using a Computer, SpringerVerlag, 2006


ADDITIONAL NOTES 
Students taking this studyunit are assumed to have knowledge of the material covered in CPS1002. 

STUDYUNIT TYPE 
Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT 
Assessment Component/s 
Resit Availability 
Weighting 
Examination (2 Hours)

Yes 
100% 


LECTURER/S 
Gordon J. Pace


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20 October 2017
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