• 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 2015
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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.

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Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

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

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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.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1396 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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