• Offered by School of Computing
• ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
• Course subject Computer Science
• Areas of interest Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Technology, Algorithms and Data, Computational Foundations
• Mode of delivery In Person
• Co-taught Course
• STEM Course
Foundations of Computing (COMP6260)

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). Express problems, presented in English, in these formal notations and demonstrate an awareness of the differences between them.
2. Relate structural induction to other forms of mathematical induction, and write a recursive definition of a given simple operation on data of a given type presented via an inductive definition of the data structure.
3. Explain the concept of program correctness and prove simple programs correct using Hoare Logic.
4. Understand, analyse, and describe formal languages in a variety of representations including grammars and automata and Turing machines.
5. Apply standard concepts of computability and complexity theory to classify computational problems.

Other Information

Webpage of Foundations of Computing (COMP1600 / COMP6260)

Indicative Assessment

1. Assignments (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
2. Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
3. Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Lectures, tutorials and self-directed study to a total of 130 hours.

None.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with COMP1600

Prescribed Texts

None

Webpage of Foundations of Computing (COMP1600 / COMP6260), section on reading material.

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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