Module Identifier | CS10410 | |||||||||||

Module Title | THE MATHEMATICS DRIVING LICENSE FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE | |||||||||||

Academic Year | 2007/2008 | |||||||||||

Co-ordinator | Dr Edel M Sherratt | |||||||||||

Semester | Semester 1 | |||||||||||

Other staff | Mr David J Smith, Dr Edel M Sherratt, Dr Frederick W Long | |||||||||||

Pre-Requisite | NONE | |||||||||||

Co-Requisite | NONE | |||||||||||

Mutually Exclusive | CS10310, 'A' level maths | |||||||||||

Course delivery | Lecture | 22 Hours. | ||||||||||

Other | A paced worksheet for each of the six sections described in Content. | |||||||||||

Assessment |
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Further details | http://www.aber.ac.uk/compsci/ModuleInfo/CS10410 |

1. manipulate formulae, simplify expressions, draw diagrams of and state important facts about sets;

2. define properties of relations and functions, including surjectivity, injectivity, associativity, commutativity, identity; plot graphs of functions;

3. manipulate algebraic formulae and simplify basic algebraic expressions;

4. perform arithmetic in a variety of bases, express approximations to given numbers of significant figures and to given numbers of decimal places;

5. simplify expressions and manipulate formulae involving logarithms and exponents;

6. write truth tables, manipulate logical expressions, discriminate between valid and invalid reasoning.

This module aims to provide students with the basic skills needed for successful completion of part I, and will ensure that all Computer Science students are provided with the mathematical skills needed to ensure accessibility of all our part II modules.

CS10410 will provide students with a range of fundamental skills in mathematics and logical reasoning, which will support their learning in programming, architecture, communications, artificial intelligence, robotics and multimedia.

2. Relations and Functions: relations and their representation; injection, surjection, bijection; functions; commutativity, associativity, identity.

3. Numbers: natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers; arithmetic in different bases; fractions; expressing numbers to a given number of significant figures and to a given number of decimal places; graphs of functions; rates of growth of functions.

4. Basic Algebra: simplification of algebraic expressions; factors; arithmetic involving symbolic fractions; formula transposition; linear and quadratic equations.

5. Exponents and Logarithms: simplifying exponential expressions; logarithms to any base; the log and exponential functions; equations involving e and ln.

6. Logic and reasoning: truth tables for Boolean operators; unquantified propositions; using quantifiers to express statements about collections of values; manipulating quantified statements; axioms and theories; logical argument; valid and invalid reasoning.

Problem solving |
Logical reasoning is central to all problem solving. Logical reasoning is supported by mathematical reasoning. Both are directly addressed within the context of this module. | ||

Communication |
Reasoned argument ensures clarity of communication. Clarity of thought and validity of argument are directly addressed by this module. | ||

Improving own Learning and Performance |
Contributes to capacity to comprehend and profit from courses including programming, AI, robotics and telecommunications. | ||

Application of Number |
This module includes a substantial element of number and manipulation of numeric formulae. | ||

Subject Specific Skills |
Reasoning, clarity of expression, and skill with number and formula are developed and assessed. |

A Croft and R Davison

K H Rosen

This module is at CQFW Level 4