Syllabus for Scientific Computing, Bridging Course

Beräkningsvetenskap, bryggningskurs


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TD045
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science A1N, Computational Science A1N, Mathematics A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2013-03-21
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in science/engineering including 30 credits in mathematics, 5 credits in computer programming and 5 credits in scientific computing. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the key concepts covered in the course (see Content) and perform tasks that require knowledge about these concepts,
  • in general terms explain the ideas behind, and be able to use algorithms for solving linear systems, ordinary differential equations and for Monte Carlo simulations,
  • analyse properties of the computational algorithms and mathematical models using the analytical tools presented in the course,
  • discuss suitable methods and algorithms given a application problem,
  • given a mathematical model, solve problems in science and engineering by structuring the problem, choose appropriate numerical method and generate solution using software and by writing programming code,
  • present, explain, summarise, evaluate and discuss solution methods and results.


Computational science fundamentals: representation pf floating point numbers, IEEE floating point standard, machine epsilon, rounding errors and its effect on computations. Programming for computations in Python.

Bisic methods för data analysis: regression and the least squares method, Householder transformations and QR decomposition. Numerical solutions to ordinary differential equations (initial value problems): basic numerical methods. Adaptivity. Stability. Explicit and implicit methods. The concepts of discretisation and discretisation (truncation) error. Order of accuracy. Monte Carlo methods and methods based on stochastic simulation: stochastic vs. deterministic methods. Brownian motion and Markov processes. Gillespes algorithm.


Laboratory work, lectures, problem and problem solving classes.


Written examination of mini project. Problem solving tasks.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The aim of the Scientific Computing, bridging course is to provide students with the knowledge required for the study of higher courses in Scientific Computing or Computational Science. The course assist in bridging the gap between previous Scientific Computing studies and the level needed at the Master in Computational Science. As a prerequisite this course can replace Scientific computing I and II.

​This course cannot be included in the same degree as 1TD393 Scientific Computing I or 1TD395 Scientific Computing II.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Heath, Michael T. Scientific computing : an introductory survey

    2. ed.: Boston: McGraw-Hill, cop. 2002

    Find in the library