CS1MA16-Mathematics for Computer Science

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Calvin Smith

Email: Calvin.Smith@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module provides a foundation of mathematical knowledge and methods for students in the Department of Computer Science.

This module aims to provide a foundation of mathematical knowledge and methods for computer science students.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the students will be able to apply the mathematical techniques of algebra, discrete mathematics, matrices and vectors, statistics, and complex numbers.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

• Algebra: Revision of basic algebra, polynomials in x, roots of quadratic equations, factorising, plotting graphs of y=f(x), basic trigonometric functions (facilitated through one of the tutorials).

• Matrices and vectors: Matrix operations; determinants, inverse, Gaussian elimination, eigenvalues, geometric applications. 

• Discrete Mathematics: Propositional logic, combinatorics, induction, sets, relations and functions

• Probability and Statistics: use of probability distributions, exploratory data analysis, correlation.

• Complex numbers: need for; Cartesian and polar representation; manipulation, modulus and argument.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises 2 lectures, 1 compulsory tutorial and 1 optional drop-in revision tutorial per week. In the tutorials guidance is provided to help students understand the material, and tests throughout the year used to provide feedback to the students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20
Tutorials 20 20 4
Guided independent study 54 54 8
Total hours by term 94.00 94.00 12.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    One 3 hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    One examination paper of 3 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (60% exam, 20% coursework, 20% class test).


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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