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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
|Discipline||Information & Communication Technology|Mathematics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Erin (James) Montgomery|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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1 x 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 x 2-hr computer laboratory weekly and 1-hr of independent learning weekly
|Assessment||Assignment 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%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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