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G51MCS Mathematics for Computer Scientists
(Last Updated:04 May 2017)

Year  13/14

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Qualifying year undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science. Also available to students from other Schools with the agreement of the module convenor.

This module is part of the Foundations of Computer Science theme in the School of Computer Science.

  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
  This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  You’ll cover the basic concepts in mathematics which are of relevance to the development of computer software. Topics which will be covered include: boolean algebra; simple number theory; sets, functions and relations; sum and product; and simple induction on natural numbers. You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures and tutorials for this module. Module Web Links:
  • Module Home Page
  • Reading List
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Tutorial 11 weeks1 per week1 hour
    Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Two lectures per week, associated coursework and weekly tutorials.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 75 1.5 hour written examination 
    Coursework 1 25 Mathematics-based questions, Either 16 questions across four coursework sheets or 15 questions across three coursework sheets. 

    Professor R John

    Education Aims:  To provide students with the basic mathematical skills needed within a Computer Science degree course.

    Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding: Understanding of basic mathematical concepts, definitions and notation. Intellectual Skills: The ability to understand and apply simple logical reasoning. Transferable Skills: The ability to use mathematics to solve problems.

    Offering School:  Computer Science

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