School of Computer Science

Module 35393 (2020)

Module description - Theories of Computation

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Module Title Theories of Computation
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-35393
Level 1/C
Member of Staff Paul Levy Benedikt Ahrens Mian Muhammad Hamayun
Semester Semester 2 - 20 credits
  • 06-35324 - Mathematical and Logical Foundations of Computer Science

Computers have been used to solve an astonishing range of different problems, but this does not mean that they can be used to solve all possible problems: some cannot be solved efficiently, and some cannot be solved at all. In this module, we will introduce a set of principles and techniques for formalising computation and computability to understand what problems can be solved, how efficiently they can be solved, and what problems cannot be solved. We will develop mathematical models of computations using ideas such as sutomata theory (including Turing machines), of formal languages using ideas such as regular expressions and grammars, and will conclude by considering the notions of non-computability and complexity.


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

  • Explain and apply mathematical models of computations
  • Explain and apply concepts from automata theory, formal language theory, computability theory and complexity theory
  • Describe and use the connection between finite automata and regular language
  • Explain non-computability and undecidability issues
  • Main Assessments: Continuous assessment (100%)
  • Supplementary Assessments: Continuous assessment (100%) over the Summer period