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Full info last published 15/01-21
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BSc in Software Development
Course manager
Associate Professor
Course semester
Efterår 2020
24 August 2020
31 January 2021
Exam type
ekstern censur
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Discrete Mathematics covers different topics in mathematics, which support many disciplines in software development. The goal of this course is to give the students the ability to apply formal reasoning. The first part of the course is dedicated to learning how to construct logical proofs, proofs on set theory and proofs by induction, while the second half of the course builds upon the first part to cover number-theoretical concepts, graphs, combinatorics, discrete probabilities, and models of computation. The student will obtain the fundamental skill of computational thinking and will be better equipped to tackle technical subjects throughout the curriculum. The course is an introduction to discrete mathematics as a foundation to work within the fields of computer science, information technologies, and software development. The course develops the necessary terminology and conceptual tools needed for later courses.

This includes:

  • formal reasoning, proofs, logic, set theory, sequences and sums
  • number theory, combinatorics and (discrete) probability theory
  • induction, recursion and counting
  • relations and functions
  • basic graph theory, language theory
  • theory and models of computation, such as finite state machines, regular expressions and grammars
The course aims at providing a basic understanding of the mathematical foundations of computer science.

Formal prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for this course.
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and apply formal definitions
  • Conduct and explain basic formal proofs
  • Work with regular languages and finite and infinite state machines
  • Use models of computation and specification
  • Use combinatorial reasoning
  • Assess probabilities of events
Learning activities

The course consists of lectures and exercises. • The lectures will provide the theory and examples of formal definitions, formal proofs, regular languages, state machines, models of computations, combinatorics, discrete probabilities and modular arithmetic (c.f. ILO). • The weekly exercises are written exercises that train the students in working with and apply the theory introduced in the lectures. The problems that the students solve in the weekly exercises will prepare the students for the written exam, as the exam will contain problems of similar nature.

Mandatory activities
There are six mandatory assignments that students must hand in though a peer grading system. For each assignment the student must give feedback to their peers at a satisfactory level. Additionally there are two in-class mandatory tests: a midterm and a mock exam.

The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

Susanna S. Epp, Discrete Mathematics with Applications, Metric Edition, BROOKS/COLE Cengage Learning, 5th edition, ISBN: 9780357114087

Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C22: Submission of written work – Take home
Exam submission description:
Aids allowed:
Calculator, proofweb.
Please note! No communication and collaboration allowed.
Duration of the exam: 5 hours - please disregard the 1 day notation below.
Random fraud control with Zoom, will be conducted right after the submission.
Student Affairs and Programmes will randomly select 20 % of students who will have to show up in Zoom to check authorship of submitted solutions.
The selection of students for fraud control will be published in LearnIT right after the exam together with a link to the Zoom meeting.
More information in LearnIT before the exam.
Take home duration:
1 day

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