Syllabus for Programming Theory



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1DT034
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science A1N, Embedded Systems A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-10-04
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 30 credits in mathematics and 30 credits in computer science, including basic programming, data structures, and elementary logic. 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:

write rigorous descriptions of implementations and specifications of programs,

verify programs, i.e. prove that the implementation of a program meets its specification, and

synthesise programs, i.e. to derive a correct program from a given specification.


The course will contain the following topics:

logical proofs, specification and correctness of programs, weakest preconditions, invariants, partial correctness, termination proofs, total correctness, and program synthesis.


Lectures and tutorials.


Written exam and assignments.

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Last modified: 2022-04-26