• Offered by School of Computing
• ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
• Course subject Computer Science
• Course convener
• Dr Nisansala Yatapanage
• Mode of delivery In Person
• Co-taught Course
• Offered in Second Semester 2023
Foundations of Computing (COMP1600)

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

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

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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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.

## Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

## Course fees

Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 \$4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 \$6180
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## Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
5790 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View