Discrete Mathematics for Computing I - Online computer science courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Discrete Mathematics for Computing I

CISC 102/3.0

Introduction to mathematical discourse and proof methods. Sets, functions, sequences, and relations. Properties of the integers. Induction. Equivalence relations. Linear and partial orderings.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply standard Mathematics notation used in the field of Computing.
  2. Recognize the difference between a proof and a counter example.
  3. Able to formulate elementary proofs using mathematical induction.
  4. Recognize comparative magnitudes of functions such as log(n), n2, 2n.
  5. Ability to read and understand some elementary logical proofs.



  • Sets theory
  • Logic
  • Relations
  • Functions
  • Induction
  • Properties of Integers
  • Primes
  • GCD
  • LCD
  • Modular Arithmetic
  • Equivalence Relations
  • Binomial Coefficients
  • Advanced counting
  • Recurrences
  • Methods of proof


Summer 22: May-June
Course Dates: 
May 9 - June 17, 2022
Exam Dates: 
June 20- 22, 2022


Weight   Assessment 

12%       Concept Check-In (x6)

48%       Homework (x6)

10%       Group Work

30%       Final Exam 

*You must pass the final exam with a minimum grade of 60% in order to pass this course.*

**The evaluation breakdown is subject to change.**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).


Hazem Abbas (hazem.abbas@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 18-20 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for CISC 102.


Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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