Formal aspects of computing (II) 741

Module code COS 741
Qualification Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Module content

Model Checking is a technique for automatically verifying whether a software program satisfies correctness requirements such as mutual exclusion, deadlock-freedom or starvation-freedom. In contrast to testing, model checking is not only capable of detecting bugs but also of proving their absence. This is of particular importance for safety-critical software used in cars, planes, power plants etc. This module focuses on the theoretical foundations of model checking: modelling the state space of software as an automaton, formal specification of correctness requirements in temporal logic, and algorithms for systematically exploring the state space of software. The practical aspect of this module, includes how to write parallel programs composed of communicating processes. Existing model checking tools will be used to verify the correctness of the programs written.

Module credits 15.00
NQF Level 08
Prerequisites No prerequisites.
Contact time 2 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Computer Science
Period of presentation Semester 1 or Semester 2

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