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On Teaching Discrete Mathematics to Freshman Computer Science Students / Faron, Moller; Liam, O'Reilly

Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Volume: 19, Issue: 8

Swansesa University Authors: Faron, Moller, Liam, O'Reilly

Abstract

Discrete Mathematics is an inevitable part of any undergraduate computer science degree programme. However, today's computer science student typically finds this to be at best a necessary evil with which they struggle to engage. Twenty years ago, we started to address this issue seriously i...

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Published in: Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
ISSN: 2158-3595 2158-3595
Published: North American Business Press 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa53031
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Abstract: Discrete Mathematics is an inevitable part of any undergraduate computer science degree programme. However, today's computer science student typically finds this to be at best a necessary evil with which they struggle to engage. Twenty years ago, we started to address this issue seriously in our university, and we have instituted a number of innovations throughout the years which have had a positive effect on engagement and, thus, attainment. In this paper, we describe and motivate the innovations which we introduced, and provide a detailed analysis of how and why engagement and attainment levels varied over two decades as a direct result of these innovations
Keywords: Higher Education, Pedagogy, Formal Methods, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Science
Issue: 8