Undergraduate Course: Informatics 1  Computation and Logic (INFR08012)
Course Outline
School  School of Informatics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  The goal of this strand is to introduce the notions of computation and specification using finitestate systems and propositional logic. Finite state machines provide a simple model of computation that is widely used, has an interesting metatheory and has immediate application in a range of situations. They are used as basic computational models across the whole of Informatics and at the same time are used successfully in many widely used applications and components. Propositional logic, similarly is the first step in understanding logic which is an essential element of the specification of Informatics systems and their properties. 
Course description 
Finitestate systems as a basic model of computation: deterministic and nondeterministic automata; transducers; acceptors; structured design of finite state machines. Propositional logic: truth tables; natural deduction; resolution; elementary temporal logic. Introduction to software IP, and notions of verification, correctness, best practice and liability.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: computer based systems, theoretical computing

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  Students MUST also take:
Informatics 1  Functional Programming (INFR08013)

Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  SCE Hgrade Mathematics or equivalent is desirable. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
64 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
100 %,
Coursework
0 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Formative assessment will be used to provide feedback and guidance to students and will take the form of quizzes, exercise sheets, practical exercises and coursework assignments, covering areas from across the syllabus.

Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
1  Design a small finitestate system to describe, control or realise some behaviour.
2  Evaluate the quality of such designs using standard engineering approaches.
3  Apply the algebra of finite automata to design systems and to solve simple problems on creating acceptors for particular languages.
4  Describe simple problems using propositional logic.
5  For a given formula in propositional logic, draw a truth table for that formula and hence deduce whether that formula is true or not.
6  Apply a system of proof rules to prove simple propositional theorems.
7  Describe the range of systems to which finitestate systems and propositional logic are applicable and be able to use the meta theory to demonstrate the limitations of these approaches in concrete situations.

Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Mike Fourman
Tel: (0131 6)51 5615
Email: Michael.Fourman@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mr Gregor Hall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194
Email: ghall3@exseed.ed.ac.uk 

