Courses & Units

Computational Science KIT103

Hobart, Launceston



By its nature, computation is close to mathematics. This unit examines some of the mathematical processes that underlie the science and technology specific to the computer age, with emphasis on applications using Python. This provides a treatment of discrete mathematics to support the programs of students taking a first course in Computer Science or planning to study such areas of advanced mathematics as Algebra, Number Theory and Probability. Skills developed are also useful for careers in Operations Research, Engineering, Management, Finance, Economics and Teaching.


Unit name Computational Science
Unit code KIT103
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Information & Communication Technology|Mathematics

James Montgomery

Teaching staff

Malgorzata O'Reilly

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 020199

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It is strongly recommended that students without the mathematical skills equivalent to at least MTA315109 or MTM315109 or MTS315109 complete KMA002 or KMA003.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

3hrs lectures, 1-2hrs online modules for those with no prior programming experience, 1hr tutorial, 1hr laboratory class each week


60% tests (3 x 50-minute tests worth 20% each, at regular intervals during semester), 40% assignments (10 weekly assignments alternating between mathematics and programming )

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