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Scientific Computing

Code 11471
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Informatics
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Work placements not applicable
Learning outcomes The objective of the discipline is to present the general principles of the scientific computing using the Matlab software. This one semester course has an 160 total hours. The course is structured with alternated theoretical classes – T, where theoretical concepts of the syllabus are taught and some examples are presented, and practical classes - PL, where students use personal computers with Unix operating system. The duration of the course and the arrangement of the classes are similar with equivalent courses in other Portuguese and European universities. The teaching methodology is student-centered with the help of the teaching team. At the end of the semester, the student must also to have demonstrated the acquisition of a minimum of competences to be admitted to the final exam.
Syllabus I – Algorithm Implementation

1- Error Analysis and Representation
2- Programming with Matlab
3- Iteractive Methods

II – Scientific Simulation and Modelling

1- Discrete Simulation and Modelling
2- Continuous Simulation and Modelling
3- The Monte Carlo Method



Main Bibliography 1. Applied Numerical Linear Algebra, W. Hager - Prentice Hall International Editions, 1988.

2. Numerical Methods and Software, D. Kahaner, C. Moler , S. Nash - Prentice Hall International Editions, 1989.

3. Simulation Modeling & Analysis, A. M. Law, McGraw-Hill International Edition, 2007.

4. Simulation Modeling HandBook, C. A. Chung – CRC Press, 2004.



Planned learning activities and teaching methods The structure of the discipline consists first in the learning of the basic concepts of Scientific Computing to solve problems in general sciences. In a second part the elements of the Simulation Modelling discrete and continuous will be presented.


Metodologias de Ensino e Critérios de Avaliação A avaliação no período de Aprendizagem consiste no seguinte :
- 1 Teste escrito (frequência): 12 valores
- 1 Trabalho prático: 8 valores
Aprendizagem = Trabalho prático + Frequência
em que,
- Trabalho prático < 2,0 (em 8) ==> Reprovado e Não Admitido a Exame
- Aprendizagem < 5,5 ==> Reprovado e Não Admitido a Exame
- Aprendizagem >= 9,5 ==> Aprovado e Dispensado de Exame
- Outros casos ==> Reprovado e Admitido a Exame

Exame = Trabalho prático + Teste escrito
em que,
- Trabalho prático (realizado durante o período de Aprendizagem): 8 valores
- Teste escrito: 12 valores
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2014-08-07

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