CSMMA16-Mathematics and Statistics

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: SEMMA13 Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Fazil Baksh

Email: m.f.baksh@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module is a maths and stats primer module containing key mathematics and statistics concepts for Computer Science MSc programmes.

The module aims to bring students up to the appropriate level as regards the mathematics and statistics necessary for the modules taught as part of the MSc in Advanced Computer Science. It contains a number of topics and students will focus on those they have not met before and which are most relevant to their degree.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be able to understand and apply appropriate mathematical (and statistical) techniques in other modules. 

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module covers the topics of Calculus, Vectors and Matrices, Probability and Statistical Modelling. It also includes an introduction to a mathematical/statistical computing package.

• Introductory Lecture – setting scene.

• Matrices and Vectors : basic operations; linear independence; rank of a matrix; determinants and inverses; linear systems of equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; positive definite and negative definite matrices; dot and cross products; singular values, vector and matrix norms. linear vector spaces; open, closed and compact sets.

• Calculus: reminder of differentiation; integration; differential equations; numerical solution of ODEs; functions of several variables; vector functions; partial differentiation; gradient vector; Jacobian and Hessian matrices; Taylor series expansions; unconstrained optimisation of differentiable functions of several variables.

• Probability: distributions; conditional probability; independence; statistics; mutual information, entropy, random variables, co-variance, independence.; partial fraction expansions; inverse transforms; convolution and correlation.

• Basic statistical modeling (linear and non-linear regression); Analysis of variance (ANOVA); Linear discriminant analysis (LDA); Principal component analysis (PCA). Introduction to Combinatorics.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises lectures introducing the topics with appropriate tutorial support for learning the material. Practical time is provided where students can use a mathematical/statistical computing package to practice and further develop their understanding of the material covered.  

Reading List: Relevant background reading:

Engineering Mathematics Through Applications (5th edition), Kuldeep Singh, Palgrave, ISBN: 0-333-92224-7.

Mathematics for Engineers (3rd edition), Anthony Croft and Robert Davison, Pearson, ISBN: 978-0-13-205156-9.

Modern Engineering Mathematics (3rd edition), Glyn James, Prentice Hall., ISBN: 0-13-018319-9.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

On line exercises.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of at least 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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