CS137-12 Discrete Mathematics & its Applications 2

Academic year
Computer Science
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Ramanujan Maadapuzhi Sridharan
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module is designed to introduce students to language and methods of the area of Discrete Mathematics.

Module aims

The focus of the module is on basic mathematical concepts in discrete maths and on applications of discrete mathematics in algorithms and data structures. One of the aims will be to show students how discrete mathematics can be used in modem 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.

Introduction to combinatorics: counting techniques, pigeonhole principle, inclusion-exclusion.
Recurrence relations, solving recurrences using generating functions.
Master Theorem for solving recurrences.
Graphs. Basic graph algorithms. Trees. Applications of graphs.
Applications of linear algebra and matrix algebra in algorithms (e.g., in web searching).
Algorithmic applications of random processes and Markov chains, for example, cover time in graphs and card shuffling.
Partitions, enumerations with symmetries.

Learning outcomes

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

Indicative reading list

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View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

Basic knowledge of graph theory and its applications in algorithms
Basic knowledge of discrete probability and its applications in algorithms
Understanding and using asymptotic notations in design and analysis of algorithms

Transferable skills

Communication - Reading and writing mathematical proofs
Critical thinking - problem solving
Technical - Technological competence and staying current with knowledge

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (21%)
Seminars 9 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Private study 81 hours (58%)
Assessment 20 hours (14%)
Total 140 hours
Private study description

Revision of lectures
Going through the problems solved during seminar sessions
Solving past exam papers


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 D2
Weighting Study time
CS137 Coursework 10%
CS137 Coursework 10% 10 hours
On-campus Examination 80% 10 hours

CS137 exam

~Platforms - AEP

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
On-campus Examination - Resit 100%

CS137 resit exam

~Platforms - AEP

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Feedback on assessment

Marked scripts available on students' request

Past exam papers for CS137


This module is Core for:

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

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 1 of UMAA-G100 Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc)
  • Year 1 of UMAA-G103 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath)
  • Year 1 of UMAA-G106 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
  • Year 1 of UMAA-G1NC Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies
  • Year 1 of UMAA-G1N2 Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 1 of UMAA-GL11 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics
  • Year 1 of UECA-GL12 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 1 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 1 of UMAA-GV18 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year
  • Year 1 of UMAA-G101 Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year