CODE 
CPS1002 

TITLE 
Mathematics of Discrete Structures 

LEVEL 
01  Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course 

ECTS CREDITS 
5 

DEPARTMENT 
Computer Science 

DESCRIPTION 
The studyunit is primarily aimed to introduce the basic 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 unit, concentrating on syntax, and formal proofs. The unit also 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.
Propositional Calculus: The use of truth tables, axiomatic and algebraic approaches, including the concept of soundness and completeness of formal models.
Predicate Calculus: Axiomatic approach to typed predicate calculus.
Typed Set Theory: A definitional approach based on predicate calculus allowing reasoning about sets.
Relations and Functions: Reasoning about relations and functions in terms of sets.
Basic notions of graphs and sequences.
Studyunit Aims:
The main aims of this unit are 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:
 Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical process and familiarity with the tools of proof and reasoning which will be applied in other studyunits;  Demonstrate knowledge of various topics (logic, set theory, etc.) and fundamental results which are used later on in the programme of study.
2. Skills: By the end of the studyunit the student will be able to:
 Comprehend the underlying notions underneath many computing concepts, such as programming and databases;  Reason formally about such concepts.
Main Text/s
 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


STUDYUNIT TYPE 
Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial 

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

Yes 
100% 


LECTURER/S 
Christian Colombo


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17 December 2017
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