University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

COMP SCI 1010 - Puzzle Based Learning

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: 4110
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Assumed Knowledge: SACE level 2 Mathematical Methods
Assessment: Written exam and/or assignments
Syllabus:

The focus of this course is on getting students to think about framing and solving unstructured problems (those that are not encountered at the end of some textbook chapter). The general objective is to increase the student's mathematical awareness and problem-solving skills by discussing a variety of puzzles. The puzzle-based learning approach has a long tradition as the first mathematical puzzles were found in Sumerian texts that date back to around 2,500 BC The puzzles selected for the course satisfy most of the following criteria: a) Generality: educational puzzles explain some universal mathematical problem-solving principles; b) Simplicity: educational puzzles are easy to state and easy to remember; c) Eureka factor: educational puzzles often frustrate the problem-solver! Eventually a Eureka! moment is reached. The Eureka factor also implies that educational puzzles often have elementary solutions that are not obvious; d) Entertainment factor: educational puzzles are very entertaining! Such educational puzzles are used to illustrate basic concepts of critical thinking, mathematics, and problem-solving. The course presents some problem-solving rules and covers issues of understanding the problem and the role of intuition in problem-solving activities. Further, some mathematical problem-solving principles are discussed and elements of modelling, constraint-processing, optimization, probability, statistics, simulation, pattern recognition, and strategy are introduced.

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Undergraduate
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Units
EFTSL
Amount
3
0.125
          
  


Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
4110 Mon 15/03/2021 Thu 25/03/2021 Fri 07/05/2021 Fri 11/06/2021


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
12549 LE01 219 66 1 Mar - 5 Apr Monday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
4 Mar - 8 Apr Thursday 12pm - 1pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
26 Apr - 31 May Monday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
29 Apr - 3 Jun Thursday 12pm - 1pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: These lectures are live-streamed and recorded. You have the option of participating during the live-streaming session or any time after they are published in MyUni. Please check MyUni once enrolled for details regarding when lectures will be published.
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
12537 WR06 27 6 12 Mar - 9 Apr Friday 9am - 10am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG06, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 11 Jun Friday 9am - 10am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG06, Teaching Room
Note: This class will be delivered face to face.
12538 WR05 27 4 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 11am - 12pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG06, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 11am - 12pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG06, Teaching Room
Note: This class will be delivered face to face.
12539 WR04 27 1 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 11am - 12pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 11am - 12pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
Note: This class will be delivered face to face.
12541 WR02 27 2 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 10am - 11am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 10am - 11am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
Note: This class will be delivered face to face.
12542 WR01 27 11 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 9am - 10am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 9am - 10am Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
Note: This class will be delivered face to face.
14148 WR08 18 FULL 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This class is for offshore / remote students only. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
19345 WR10 2 1 10 Mar - 7 Apr Wednesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
28 Apr - 9 Jun Wednesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This class is for offshore / remote students only. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
19346 WR09 0 FULL 11 Mar - 8 Apr Thursday 4pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
29 Apr - 10 Jun Thursday 4pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This class is for offshore / remote students only. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
19815 WR11 25 2 9 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 4pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
27 Apr - 8 Jun Tuesday 4pm - 5pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This class is for offshore / remote students only. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.