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CS136 Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 1

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CS136-12 Discrete Mathematics & its Applications 1

Academic year
Computer Science
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Artur Czumaj
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
20% coursework, 80% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

The module will introduce central concepts in the area of discrete mathematics.

Module aims

The focus of the module is on basic mathematical concepts in discrete mathematics and on applications of discrete mathematics in algortihms and data structures. To show students how discrete mathematics can be used in modern computer science (with the focus on algorithmic applications).

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Foundations: logic, sets, relations, functions.
The concept of algorithms and algorithmic thinking in problem solving
Summation techniques: manipulations of sums and multiple sums; finite calculus
Asymptotics and the big-Oh notation
Manipulations with the floor and ceiling functions

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • - Understand the role of formal definitions, formal and informal mathematical proofs, and underlying algorithmic thinking, and be able to apply them in problem solving.
  • - Understand the role of discrete mathematics in applications in computer science.
  • - Understand the fundamental concepts of discrete mathematics.
Indicative reading list

Please see Talis Aspire link for most up to date list.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

Acquiring basic knowledge in the new area (of discrete mathematics), including learning the key concepts of mathematical rigour and of the formal proof.

Transferable skills

Critical thinking and creativity

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (25%)
Seminars 9 sessions of 1 hour (8%)
Private study 81 hours (68%)
Total 120 hours
Private study description

Inclusive of private study, completion of problem sheets and revision.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D1
Weighting Study time
Five Assigned Problem Sheets 20%

Each problem sheet is marked out of 10 and the overall coursework mark will be calculated as the average of the five marked assignments.

2 hour online examination (Summer) 80%

Resit is 100%

Feedback on assessment

feedback on problem sets in seminars.

Past exam papers for CS136

Anti-requisite modules

If you take this module, you cannot also take:

  • CS130-15 Mathematics for Computer Scientists 1
  • CS131-15 Mathematics for Computer Scientists 2


This module is Core for:

  • Year 1 of UCSA-G4G1 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 1 of UCSA-G4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics

Further Information

Term 1

12 CATS (6 ECTS)

Online Material

Additional Information