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

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Qualifying year undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science only.

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

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Students who have previously taken G51PRG cannot take this module.

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.

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 T Gaertner

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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