• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Rajeev Gore
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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), specification languages, propositional programming language semantics, partial correctness and proofs of termination.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:

  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 and Separation Logic.
  5. Prove correctness and termination of a simple program using the weakest precondition calculus.
  6. 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 COMP1110 or COMP1140 or COMP1510 or COMP2750; and MATH1005 or MATH1014 or MATH1116.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for COMP2600, but the following are recommended references. More may be added as the semester progresses.

Grassman, Winfried Karl Grassman & Tremblay, Jean-Paul Logic and Discrete Mathematics: A Computer Science Perspective, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1996.

Thompson, Simon Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming, International Computer Science Series. Addison-Wesley, Wokingham, England, 1999.

Epp, Susanna S. Discrete Mathematics with ApplicationsComputer Science Press, New York, 1995.

Bergmann, Merrie The Logic Book, McGraw-Hill.

Munro, John Discrete Mathematics for Computing Thomas Nelson.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2190
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2298
2008 $2592
2009 $2850
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2004 $3234
2005 $3288
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6891 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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