|Course Title||Data Structures and Algorithms|
|Lectures||Tuesday 18:00-21:00 Mathews Theatre B|
Friday 13:00-15:00 K14 LG20 (CSE Clavier Lab)
Tuesday 17:00-18:00 K17 401J
Thursday 11:00-12:00 K17 401J
|Units of Credit||6|
Data structures are about how data is stored inside a computer for effective and efficient use. An algorithm is a step-by-step process for solving a problem within a finite amount of space and time. Data structures and algorithms are not only important in software design, but also in hardware design. Being proficient in data structures and algorithms are essential for good software developers, hardware developers, and system architects.
The actual content is taken from a list of subjects that constitute the basis of the tool box of every serious practitioner of computing: data types and data structures, abstract data types, dynamic data structures, analysis of algorithms and a variety of fundamental algorithms for graphs, trees and text processing.
Before commencing this course, students should
These are assumed to have been acquired in the course COMP9021.
After successfully completing this course, students will know fundamental data structures and algorithms, and they will be able to reason about their applicability, effectiveness and efficiency.
This course contributes to the development of the following graduate capabilities:
|Graduate Capability||Acquired in|
|scholarship: understanding of their discipline in its interdisciplinary context||lectures|
|scholarship: capable of independent and collaborative enquiry||problem sets, assignments, in-class quizzes|
|scholarship: rigorous in their analysis, critique, and reflection||in-class exercises, problem sets, assignments|
|scholarship: able to apply their knowledge and skills to solving problems||problem sets and assignments|
|scholarship: capable of effective communication||forum|
|scholarship: information literate||lectures, problem sets, assignments|
|scholarship: digitally literate||lectures, problem sets, assignments|
|professionalism: capable of independent, self-directed practice||problem sets and assignments|
|professionalism: capable of operating within an agreed Code of Practice||all course-work, by doing it yourself|
|global citizens: culturally aware and capable of respecting diversity and acting in socially just/responsible ways||interaction with your fellow students|
Lectures will include exercises where we examine the practice of formulating and proving mathematical properties of relevance to Computer Science. Problem sets aim to deepen analysis and understanding via additional examples and problems. Assignments give you the chance to practice what you have learnt on larger problems.
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Make sure that you read and understand these. Ignorance is not accepted as an excuse for plagiarism. In particular, you are also responsible that your assignment files are not accessible by anyone but you by setting the correct permissions in your CSE directory and code repository, if using. Note also that plagiarism includes paying or asking another person to do a piece of work for you and then submitting it as your own work.
You should also read the following page which describes your rights and responsibilities in the CSE context:
|Assignment 1 (due in week 6)||10|
|Assignment 2 (due in week 11)||15|
|Mid-term online test (week 8)||15|
|Final Exam (exam period)||60|
Your final overall mark will be the sum of your marks for each component provided that you pass the final exam.
To pass the course, the sum of your marks must be 50 or higher and the mark for the final exam must be 25 or higher. Students who do not meet these requirments but achieve an overall score ≥47 can sit the supplementary exam, in which they have to achieve a score ≥50% to pass with a final mark of 50.
|Elementary data structures and algorithms in C||week 2|
|Abstract data types and dynamic data structures||week 3-4|
|Analysis of algorithms||week 5|
|Graph algorithms||week 6-8|
|Mid-term online test||week 8|
|Tree algorithms||week 9-10|
|Text processing algorithms||week 11-12|
|Randomised algorithms||week 13|
The recommended textbooks associated with this course are
The following introduction to the C programming language is recommended as a supplementary textbook:
This course is being continuously improved and we will conduct a survey through UNSW's myExperience process at the end of session to obtain feedback on the quality of the various course components. Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated. Students are also encouraged to provide informal feedback during the session, and to notify the lecturer-in-charge of any problems as soon as they arise. Student feedback from the last offering in 17s2 indicated that students were very satisfied with the course, but suggested to incorporate additional videos to explain some algorithms further. We will endeavour to achieve this in this offering.
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