252-0855-00L  Computer Science in Secondary School Mathematics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersJ. Hromkovic, G. Serafini
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


252-0855-00 GInformatik im gymnasialen Mathematikunterricht Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
3 hrs
Wed10:15-13:00CAB G 57 »
J. Hromkovic, G. Serafini

Catalogue data

AbstractThe unit "Computer Science in Secondary School Mathematics" addresses key contributions of computer science to general education, the tight relations between the algorithmic and the mathematical way of thinking, and the thoughtful choice of computer science topics for high school mathematics classes.
ObjectiveThe general goal of the course consists in presenting ways to teach fundamentals of computer science, which are closely related to contents and methods of mathematics. After attending the course unit, a mathematics teacher is able to teach selected fundamentals of computer science in mathematics classes.

The students understand the fundamental concepts of computer science in the context of a broad and deep knowledge. Through this understanding, they manage to prepare teaching materials for a successful knowledge transfer and to pass their passion for the subject on to their pupils.

The students know various teaching methods as well as their advantages and disadvantages. They can handle inhomogeneous prior knowledge of the learners inside a class. Besides holding classes, the students do care about the individual pupil support.

They encourage the autonomy of the learners, manage to work with diverse target groups and to establish a positive learning environment.

The students are able to express themselves using a comprehensible and refined professional language, both in a spoken and a written way, and they master the basic terminology of computer science. Besides the English terms, they are familiar with the corresponding German expressions. The students are able to produce detailed, matured, linguistically correct and design-wise appealing teaching materials.
ContentThe main topics of the course unit "Computer Science in Secondary School Mathematics" represent a scientific and didactic added value for mathematics classes.

The course covers the didactics of logic, of cryptology, of finite state automata, of computability and of the introduction to programming. The students develop the understanding of fundamental scientific concepts such as algorithm, program, complexity, determinism, computation, automata, verification, testing, security of a cryptosystem and secure communication. They reflect on ways to embed them into a scientifically sound and didactically sustainable mathematics course.

In a semester exercise, the students develop and document an adaptive teaching unit for computer science. They learn to employ the didactics methods and techniques that are introduced at the beginning of the semester.
Lecture notesLiteratur wird angegeben. Zusätzliche Unterlagen und Folien werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
LiteratureJ. Hromkovic: Sieben Wunder der Informatik: Eine Reise an die Grenze des Machbaren, mit Aufgaben und Lösungen. Vieweg+Teubner; Auflage: 2 (2008).

K. Freiermuth, J. Hromkovic, L. Keller und B. Steffen: Einfuehrung in die Kryptologie: Lehrbuch für Unterricht und Selbststudium. Springer Vieweg; Auflage: 2 (2014).

J. Hromkovic: Berechenbarkeit: Logik, Argumentation, Rechner und Assembler, Unendlichkeit, Grenzen der Automatisierbarkeit. Vieweg+Teubner; Auflage: 1 (2011).

H.-J. Böckenhauer, J. Hromkovic: Formale Sprachen: Endliche Automaten, Grammatiken, lexikalische und syntaktische Analyse. Springer Vieweg; Auflage: 1 (Januar 2013).

J. Hromkovic: Einführung in die Programmierung mit LOGO: Lehrbuch für Unterricht und Selbststudium. Springer Vieweg; Auflage: 3 (2014)

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersJ. Hromkovic, G. Serafini
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Gesamtnote entspricht dem arithmetischen Mittel der Note der obligatorischen semesterbegleitenden Übung (50%) und der Note der Sessionsprüfung (50%).
Written aidsKeine Hilfsmittel erlaubt.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkMoodle-Kurs Fachdidaktik Informatik I (Herbstsemester)
LiteratureABZ-Lehrbücher für Maturitätsschulen
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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