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CSC 270 : Syllabus
   
 

Text: Discrete Source--The Prentice Hall Custom Program for Discrete Mathematics (ISBN: 0-536-99271-1)

Credit: 3 Hours

Course Description: An introduction to the areas of discrete mathematics that are important for computer science. Topics include logic, sets, functions, relations, algorithms, counting methods, and graph theory.

Prerequisites:CSC-260, MTH-251

Grading Standards:

900 points or more A
870-899 points B+
800-869points B
770-799 points C+
700-769 points C
600-699 points D
599 points or less F

Course Rationale: This is a required course in all Computer Science curricula to give the fundamental of discrete mathematical structures to Computer Science students. It is also required by accreditation standards.

Course Goals and Intended Outcome:

  • To introduce students to topics in discrete mathematics which are important for advanced computer science courses
  • To expand students’ mathematical reasoning capabilities so that they can read, comprehend and construct mathematical arguments successfully.
The student will be able to
  • Explain with examples the basic terminology of functions, relations, and sets.
  • Perform the operations associated with sets, functions, and relations.
  • Relate practical examples to the appropriate set, function, or relation model, and interpret the associated operations and terminology in context.
  • Apply formal methods of symbolic propositional and predicate logic.
  • Describe how formal tools of symbolic logic are used to model algorithms and real-life situations.
  • Use formal logic proofs and logical reasoning to solve problems such as puzzles.
  • Outline the basic structure of and give examples of each proof technique described in this unit.
  • Discuss which type of proof is best for a given problem.

Attendance Policy:The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for be absent from class such as representing the University in activities, illnesses, or personal emergencies. If the student is absent when a quiz or test is given, you must see the instructor and make arrangements before the next class meeting. Make-up quizzes are not given because of the exam / quiz replacement grade policy.

Requirements for the Student:

  1. The student should pre-study (read) all new topics before they are presented in class. You are expected to complete daily homework assignments by the time class meets the first time following discussion of lesson material in the classroom. The instructor will ascertain the daily progress in accomplishing homework exercises and will devote a portion of classroom activities to the solution of any "troublesome exercises".
  2. Separate notebooks should be maintained for classroom discussion notes and homework exercises.
  3. All homework should be carefully completed. A minimum of two hours outside the class preparing for each hour of class is necessary for learning and proper understanding of the material.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.
  5. Tests will be administered during the course; also the student can expect random quizzes; a departmental final examination will also be given.
  6. All cell phones, pages, etc. must be turned off before entering the classroom.
 
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS
Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

SCHOOL WIDE TUTORING SERVICES
The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at http://stars.nsu.edu.

UNIVERSITY ADA STATEMENT
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014
EMAIL: mshepherd@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT
As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

UNIVERSITY WIDE REQUIREMENTS
Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (http://www.nsu.edu/studentaffairs/pdf/NSUStudentHandbook.pdf) for further details.


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