• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Technology, Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The computer itself was born from logic, and logic plays indispensable roles in diverse fields of science today, including computer science, mathematics, linguistics, philosophy and beyond. This course covers advanced issues in classical logic and elements of non-classical logic with emphasis on completeness proof methodologies for various logical systems; (in)completeness is the most fundamental issue in logic, elucidating the relationships between the syntax (proof theory) and semantics (model theory) of logical systems, or the correspondence between symbolic language and reality/worlds. Familiarity with elementary logic is assumed as well as general mathematical knowledge (such as sets, relations, quotients under equivalence relations).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand classical and non-classical logical systems and their significance
  2. Evaluate differences (advantages/disadvantages) of logical systems
  3. Analyse the syntax and semantics of logics and their meta-theoretical properties
  4. Apply translation principles for comparing different logical systems
  5. Create mathematical proofs in the area of formal logic
  6. Reflect on common logical systems and evaluate their limitations

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignment (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Approximately 130 hours of study consisting of 24 hours lectures and 22 hours tutorials (i.e., two one-hour lectures every week and one two-hours tutorial every week except for the first week) and self-directed study.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed COMP2620 or MATH3343 or MATH4343.

Prescribed Texts

The Open Logic Text by the Open Logic Project, available at: https://builds.openlogicproject.org/open-logic-complete.pdf

Preliminary Reading

Jeremy Avigad, Logic and Computation, CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Lecture Notes, 2002, available at: https://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/avigad/Teaching/landc_notes.pdf

Dirk van Dalen, Logic and Structure, Springer, 2013

Johan van Benthem, Modal Logic for Open Minds, CSLI Publications, 2010

Patrick Blackburn, Maarten de Rijke and Yde Venema, Modal Logic, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Nick Bezhanishvili and Dick de Jongh, Intuitionistic Logic, Lecture Notes, University of Amsterdam, 2012, available at: https://www.math.uni-hamburg.de/en/personen/khomskii/intuitionistic/PP-2006-25.text.pdf

Jean-Yves Girard, Proofs and Types, Cambridge University Press, 1989

Samuel Mimram, Program = Proof, 2020, available at: https://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/Labo/Samuel.Mimram/teaching/INF551/course.pdf


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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