Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
CS10410 or equivalent.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours.
Practical 6 x 1hour workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   CONVENTIONAL WRITTEN EXAM  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   SUPPLEMENTARY WRITTEN EXAM  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Number Representation
a) Carry out calculations in 2's complement and excess-n representations
b) Calculate precision and accuracy of floating point representations
c) Give examples of unexpected results of comparison that occur with floating point representations, and suggest programming alternatives.

2. Geometry
a) relate concepts from 2 and 3-dimensional coordinate geometry to vector algebra
b) perform computations using vectors and matrices to implement elementary algorithms used in computer graphics and robotics

3. Counting Techniques
Use sum and product rules, inclusion exclusion and the pigeonhole principle to answer questions about data and communications resources.

4. Probability and Statistics
a) describe the concept of variability and its manifestation in statistical diagrams;
b) describe the concepts involved in the statistical modelling of randomness.

5. Induction
Carry out proof by induction and complete induction over N.

6. Calculus
a) calculate the gradient of a curve and locate maxima, minima and turning points of a function;
b) calculate indefinite and definite integrals and find the area under a curve;

Brief description

The module will provide a range of skills needed for successful study in graphics, communications, algorithm analysis, artificial intelligence, robotics and formal methods.


This module aims to provide students with the skills needed for successful completion of Part II courses on: Graphics (geometry), Communications (information theory and coding, network planning, network management), Robotics (kinematics), Artificial Intelligence (learning), Vision (functions and their gradients), Image processing (vectors and matrices) and Quantitative Methods (metrics).

1.Number representation: (4 lectures)

Calculations in 2's complement and excess-n representations; precision and accuracy of floating point representations; examples of zero-divisions and unexpected results of comparison that occur because a floating point representation comprises a finite set of representatives of real intervals; programming alternatives; cancellation and guard digits.

2.Geometry: (4 lectures)

2 and 3-dimensional coordinate geometry; basic trigonometrical functions and identities, relating angles in different quadrants; vector and matrix algebra; elementary algorithms in computer graphics and robotics.

3.Counting Techniques: (4 lectures)

Sum and product rules, inclusion exclusion and the pigeonhole principle; application of counting techniques to problems in data structures and communications. Summarising data. Shapes of distributions. Binomial experiments and large sample behaviour. The Poisson distribution as a model for randomness. Quick and graphical tests for the Poisson distribution. Waiting times and the exponential distribution. Basic ideas of significance and goodness of fit.

4.Induction: (4 lectures)

What is induction? Proof by induction over N; the Principle of Complete Induction.

5.Calculus: (4 lectures)

Gradient of a curve; maxima, minima and turning points of a function; indefinite and definite integrals; area under a curve.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number a principal focus of the module ¿ along with application of symbols
Improving own Learning and Performance by mastering Mathematical skills which facilitate learning in many other areas of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Problem solving 1. Problem Solving: by completing set worksheets
Subject Specific Skills Numeracy, symbol manipulation, abstraction

Reading List

Supplementary Text
Anthony Croft, Robert Davison. (1997) Foundation maths Addison Wesley, Primo search James, Glyn. (2001) Modern engineering mathematics Prentice Hall, Primo search Rosen, Kenneth H. (1999) Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5