Computer Science/Math 3320
January 2022

Title:   Theory of Computing
Instructor:   Cezar Câmpeanu
Email:   ccampeanu < at > upei < dot > ca
Office:   CASS 408
Tel:   (902)566-0485
Textbook:   Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation 3rd Edition,
by John E. Hopcroft, Rajeev Motwani, and Jeffrey D. Ullman
Addison Wesley, 2007,
ISBN 13: 978-0321-46225-1
ISBN 10: 0-321-46225-4
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Course web site:   Go To:,
and follow the links: Faculty Members, Cezar Câmpeanu, Personal Website. Then follow Teaching, and MCS3320 under Winter 2022
Recommended reading:   Handbook of Formal Languages Vols. 1 - 3 Rozenberg, Grzegorz; Salomaa, Arto (Eds.) 1997, LXVIII, 2051 p. 272 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 3-540-61486-9
General description:   This course introduces automata theory, formal languages and computability. Topics include: finite automata, regular expressions, context-free and context-sensitive languages, Turing machines, recursive functions, recursive and recursively-enumerable sets, and unsolvable and intractable problems.
PREREQUISITE:   CS2920 and Math 2420
Essential to review:   Set theory, Mathematical Logic, including boolean algebras, Induction, Arithmetic/Number Theory (mainly Modular Arithmetic). Trying to bypass MATH 2420 may have as a result failing MCS3320.
Time and Location:   First part online, then IN PERSON
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM,
McDougall Hall, 242
Office Hours:   TBA or anytime by appointment (please send email-)
Midterm:   Friday, March 11, 2022, during class time(10:30-11:20).
Final Exam:  
Sunday April 24, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Young Sports Ctr, 117
    This course is taking place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lnu Epekwitk (Island Mi'kmaq), a district of Mi'kma'ki, the Mi'kmaq Nation.
Please check your all your marks. They will be submitted to Registar's Office by the end of the day tomorrow May 2, 2022 (if they are not already in).
ACADEMIC HONESTY:   This course is committed to the principle of academic integrity. Submitted work is expected to reflect an individual effort. Copying or cheating on assignments or tests will be dealt with harshly. Students should read Academic Regulation 20 in the UPEI Calendar at page 61 (
Avoiding Plagiarism:   The following link will help you identify and. avoid plagiarism
Individual Work Expectations:   You are expected to write your own code, your own proofs, your own examples, and so on. Unless explicitly specified in the assignment's text, the submitted work should be all yours.
Grading scheme:
Assignments Midterm Examination Final Examination
35% 25% 40%
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  5. Grail
  6. Tentative Schedule
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