Theoretical Computer Science
(dt. Theoretische Informatik)
|Level, degree of commitment in original study programme||Intermediate module, required module|
|Forms of teaching and learning,
|Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS), |
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Course requirement: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Written examination
|German,The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course B.Sc. Computer Sciences.|
|Original study programme||B.Sc. Informatik / Informatik Aufbaumodule|
|One semester, |
each winter semester
|Person in charge of the module's outline||Prof. Dr. Christian Komusiewicz|
- Automata theory and formal languages: grammars and the Chomsky hierarchy, finite automata and regular expressions, context-free grammars and push-down automata, closure properties of formal languages, decidability questions
- Computability: models of computability: Turing, Loop and While-computability, primitive recursion and μ-recursion, Church-Turing thesis; decidability, enumerability, undecidable problems
- Complexity theory: complexity measures; P and NP; reductions and NP-complete problems
Basic knowledge in core areas of theoretical computer science, in detail:
- Dealing with regular expressions, finite automata and grammars. Recognizing the possibilities and limitations,
- Understanding formal models of computing,
- Principal limits of algorithmic computing,
- Limits of efficient problem solving,
- Practice of scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
- Training of oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.
None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Basic Linear Algebra, Basic Real Analysis.
- E. Hopcroft, R. Motwani, J.D. Ullman: Einführung in die Automatentheorie, Formale Sprachen und Komplexitätstheorie, Pearson Studium, 2002.
- U. Schöning: Theoretische Informatik – kurzgefasst, Spektrum 2008.
- G. Vossen, K.-U. Witt: Grundkurs der Theoretischen Informatik, Vieweg 2011.
- D.W. Hoffmann: Theoretische Informatik, Hanser Verlag 2009.
- H.P.Gumm, M.Sommer: Einführung in die Informatik, Kapitel 9, Oldenbourg 2009.
This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Wintersemester 2021/22. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:
- WiSe 2016/17 (no corresponding element)
- SoSe 2018 (no corresponding element)
- WiSe 2018/19
- WiSe 2019/20
- WiSe 2020/21
- SoSe 2021
- WiSe 2021/22
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