CSCI 140: Discrete Structures

The COMPLETE syllabus is on the course D2L. The class policies, professionalism, and email etiquette are a necessary part of the syllabus. 

CSCI 140: Discrete Structures Syllabus  

Dr. Nazli Hardy  

Tutoring for CSCI 140  


The CSCI 140 course modules on D2L are generally for listing homework – most lesson materials will be presented in class, so, class attendance is critical. 

If you miss any class, it is your responsibility to connect with a classmate for notes given during class/ lab, and then review that material.  

Catalog Description:  Discrete mathematical structures and their application to computer science including formal mathematical notation and proofs, algorithms, computer-related arithmetic, propositional logic, predicate logic, set theory, relations, functions, matrices, and combinatorics.  

Prerequisite:  Placement in MATH 160 or higher and a sincere interest in learning.  

Objectives:  The successful student will learn the fundamental notation and concepts of discrete structures, learn techniques for proving things about and manipulating structures, and have an appreciation of formal axiomatic systems.   

Recommended Textbook:  Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 4th Edition Susanna S. Epp DePaul University 

Course Outline:  

Major Topics Covered 

  1. Number systems
  2. Propositional Logic
  3. Predicate Logic
  4. Sets
  5. Relations
  6. Functions
  7. Vectors and Matrices
  8. Mathematical Induction
  9. Combinatorics
  10. Graph Theory


Exam 1:  25 % Oct 

Exam 2:  25 % Nov  

Exam 3: Finals week 30 %: Dec  

Assignments: 20 %  

Final Letter Grades are based on the following weighted scale:  

93 – 100:  A      90-92.9:  A-   86 – 89.9:  B+  82 – 85.9  B  79 – 81.9: B-  

76 – 78.9:  C+   73 – 75.9:  C  70 – 72.9 C-  

66 – 68.9:  D+   63 -65.9:  D    60 – 62.9  D-      <59.9:  Fail  

All work must be submitted on the assigned date or they will not be graded – barring acceptable emergencies.   

The syllabus may be subject to some change due to scheduling, so be sure to check in occasionally  

Graded Work and Academic Honesty: 

The exams cover material from class lectures, assignments, and labs – and they are cumulative by nature.  There are NO make-up exams, so if you miss an exam you will receive zero credit, barring extenuating circumstances. 

Copying or extensive collaboration on assignments is not permitted and may result in failure of the course and expulsion from the university. You may discuss approaches to solving a problem. However, if someone else types on your keyboard or you copy code or paragraphs from someone else or somewhere else, you are committing academic dishonesty. Finding or purchasing a solution on the Internet or elsewhere and submitting it as your own work is plagiarism and may result in expulsion from the university. 

Being caught committing academic dishonesty requires a report to the Associate Provost and can have very serious consequences, including possible expulsion from the university.

It would also be an academic honesty violation to look up information or communicate with anyone about an exam or try to circumvent the systems set up to ensure that everyone has fair and equal conditions for taking exams. Consult MU’s Academic Policies for more details. 

Sharing:  It is the premise in this course that students learn three different ways: (1) by attentive listening during lectures; (2) by working through problems on their own and (3) by sharing information and ideas with other students. This last item is important to the learning process, but it cannot be allowed to overshadow the importance of the other two items. Students are encouraged to share ideas and to discuss common problems.  

Plagiarism (Cheating):  The preceding policy should not in any way be taken as approval of the act of plagiarism. Plagiarism shall be treated as the serious offense that it is. Acts of plagiarism shall be dealt with as severely as is permissible by university policy, including possible failure in the course. Multiple acts of plagiarism may result in expulsion from the university. 

Plagiarism shall be regarded as any copying, in whole or in part, of material from any source, without explicit credit to the source. In addition, any copying from another student’s assignments, past or present, shall be treated as plagiarism. All students involved in an act of plagiarism shall be treated the same as concerns this policy, including any student who knowingly allows his or her work to be copied. 

Attendance:  All students are expected to regularly attend classes, be prepared for class by doing the assigned readings, and having completed any assignments. Only previously approved and university-recognized absences are excusable. Excessive (>3) unexcused absences may result in your course grade being lowered one letter grade. Contact me prior to any absence (if possible) in order to obtain clearance. In addition, all students are required to take exams during assigned times. The university attendance policy is found here: 

Deadlines:  No late assignments will be accepted.  

Exams:  There are no make-up exams – if you miss a test, you will receive a zero. Exam make-ups will only be permitted due to extraordinary circumstances, and require written documentation.  

Special Needs:  Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact me as soon as possible before any exams or assignments are due. Additionally, students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Office of Learning Services at 352 Lyle Hall (717-871-5554) as soon as possible to enhance the likelihood that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. 

Title IX: Millersville University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to comply with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the University’s commitment to offering supportive measures in accordance with the new regulations issued under title IX, the University requires faculty members to report to the University’s Title IX Coordinator incidents of sexual violence shared by students. The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are obligated to report to the person designated in the University Protection of Minors policy incidents of sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred. Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence, and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence, is set forth at 

Counseling Reminder: Students sometimes face mental health or drug/alcohol challenges in their academic careers that interfere with their academic performance and goals. Millersville University is a caring community and resources are available to assist students who are dealing with problems. The Counseling Center (717-871-7821) is an important resource for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Additional resources include Health Services (871-5250), Center for Health Education & Promotion (871-4141), Campus Ministries, and Learning Services (717-871-5554).  

Email Etiquette & Professionalism Your communication reflects on you, and I expect all class communication to be professional. During Mon 8 am – Fri 5 pm, I respond to email within 24 hours. Please resend your email if you do not hear back during any weekday.  

Email Format 

Dear Dr. Hardy [address recipient] 

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  1. q2 
  1. …. 


Name of student [sign off with your name] 

Class policies:  

My “4 Cents for Students” on professionalism can be found here: 

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