School of Computer Science

Module 06-20415 (2017)

Introduction to Mathematics for Computer Science

Level 1/C

Manfred Kerber Semester 1 10 credits
Noam Zeilberger Semester 2 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Manfred Kerber
Reviewer: Steven Vickers

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


Computer science, like all science and engineering disciplines, involves a degree of mathematics. Hence a solid grounding in mathematics is vital in order to attain full understanding of a wide range of computer science topics. This module takes all the relevant topics covered at GCSE and builds upon them. The twin objectives here are to improve students' mathematical knowledge and, just as importantly, their confidence in using that knowledge.


The aims of this module are to:

  • provide a solid grounding in mathematics sufficient to understand a range of computer science topics and to act as a foundation for further study of mathematics relevant to computer science
  • improve students' confidence in using mathematical concepts in computer science

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. apply a number of fundamental mathematical skills and techniques to the solution of problems relevant to computer science
  2. demonstrate a solid foundation in mathematics relevant to computer science sufficient to allow independent learning of further mathematical techniques in other computer science modules


This module is only available to students who have not achieved an adequate standard in A-level Mathematics or equivalent.

Teaching methods

3 hrs/week lectures, tutorials and exercise classes

Contact Hours: 68


Sessional: 2 hr examination (50%), continuous assessment (class tests) (50%).

Supplementary (where allowed): By examination only (100%).

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Basic number manipulation and algebra
  2. Trigonometry, graphs and equation solving
  3. Sets
  4. Logs, exponentials and powers
  5. Statistics and errors
  6. Graphs (revision)
  7. Introduction to calculus
  8. Complex numbers, matrices and determinants
  9. Vectors

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