Courses & Units

Computational Science KIT103


Computers and mathematics are powerful tools for modelling and reasoning about the world around us. They are also powerful tools for reasoning about computation itself. This unit explores the fundamental topics of sets, logic, combinatorics and number theory as they apply to modelling real-world problems, as well as to thinking about the operation of computers and program code. Learn just how much can be accomplished with a single line of Python. During the semester students will assemble their personal toolkit of mathematical and programming techniques, forming the foundation of further study in mathematics, data science or software development.


Unit name Computational Science
Unit code KIT103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology|Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor James Montgomery
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • apply the tools of discrete mathematics to model real world problems within a scientific computing environment
  • translate mathematical expressions involving discrete entities into valid program code
  • select appropriate mathematical and programming structures to suit a given scenario
  • solve abstract and real world problems using formal definitions and properties of fundamental mathematical structures without the use of a computer
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
020199 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 x 2-hr computer laboratory weekly and 1-hr of independent learning weekly

AssessmentAssignment 1: Sets and Functions (15%)|Assignment 2: Boolean Algebra and Conditional Program Logic (15%)|Assignment 3: Combinatorics (15%)|Assignment 4: Fun with Numbers (15%)|Project & Portfolio (40%)
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