• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science

This course presents some formal notations that are commonly used for the description of computation and of computing systems, for the specification of software and for mathematically rigorous arguments about program properties.  The following areas of study constitute the backbone of the course. Predicate calculus and natural deduction, inductive definitions of data types as a basis for recursive functions and structural induction, formal language theory (particularly regular expressions, finite state machines and context free grammars), and specification languages.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the concepts of standard mathematical logic to produce proofs or refutations of well-formed propositions or arguments phrased in English or in a variety of formal notations (first order logic, discrete mathematics or Hoare Logic).
  2. Given a description of a regular language, either in English, as a regular expression or as a grammar, generate a finite state automaton that recognizes that language. Similarly, given a deterministic or nondeterministic automaton, give a description of the language which it accepts.
  3. Given an inductive definition of a simple data structure, write a recursive definition of a given simple operation on data of that type. Given some such recursively defined operations, prove simple properties of these functions using the appropriate structural induction principle.
  4. Prove simple programs correct using Hoare Logic.
  5. Design a Turing Machine which will accomplish simple tasks.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (36%); Tutorials (4%); Quiz (10%); Final Exam (50%)

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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures and nine one-hour tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of MATH courses and COMP1100 or COMP1130. It is incompatible with COMP2600 or COMP6260.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings and Dates

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9777 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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