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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title IT Mathematics I
Module Code MS134
School School of Mathematical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Nazem Khan
Semester 2: Nazem Khan
Autumn: Nazem Khan
Module TeachersThomas Brady
Gurpreet Singh
Thorsten Neuschel
Nazem Khan
NFQ level 6 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course concentrates on developing the algebraic and logical skills of the student. The course develops skills in the techniques of logic, probability, differential and integral calculus. Enhancing the student's ability to solve mathematical problems occuring in IT lies at the heart of this module. Students will participate in the following learning activities: Lectures: Students will attend three one-hour lectures per week. These lectures are designed to introduce learners to the mathematical principles and problem solving techniques that underpin this module. Tutorials: Each student will attend one one-hour tutorial per week. Problem sheets based on lecture content are distributed to the students and they are strongly advised to attempt all tutorial questions in advance of the tutorial.Reading: Students are expected to fully utilise the textbooks recommended.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the methods of discrete mathematics, including sets and relations.
2. Use logic to demonstrate the equivalence of statements and test the validity of arguments.
3. Work confidently with functions and in particular those covered in the course.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic probability.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture363 lectures per week
Tutorial10One Tutorial per week
Directed learning2End of year exam
Directed learning20Solving tutorial problems
Independent Study57Independent study over semester including exam period
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Set Theory/Logic
Sets, relations, equivalence relations and partitions, partial ordering, inverse relations, composition of relations, applications of relations to databases, predicate logic as a language, methods of proof, mathematical induction. Boolean algebra, equivalent boolean expressions.

Basic probability to include axioms, independent events, conditional probability and some probabiilty distributions.

Functions as a special case of relations, Injective, surjective and bijective functions, one-sided inverses, inverse functions, polynomials and the remainder theorem. Domain and range of functions.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestIn Class test5%Week 3
In Class TestIn Class Test5%Week 6
In Class TestIn Class Test5%Week 9
In Class TestIn Class Test5%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • Rod Haggarty: 2002, Discrete Mathematics for Computing, 1, Addison-Wesley, 978-02017304
  • Susanna S. Epp: 2019, Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 5, Cengage Learning, 978-133769419
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMSCIBSc in Computer Science

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