Courses & Units

Computational Science KIT103

Hobart, Launceston



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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
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 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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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 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
020199 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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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

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


AT1 - Assignment 1: Sets and Functions (15%)

AT2 - Assignment 2: Boolean Algebra and Conditional Program Logic (15%)

AT3 - Assignment 3 Combinatorics (15%)

AT4 - Assignment 4 Fun with Numbers(15%)

AT5 - Project and portfolio  (40%)

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