Course Code  COMP9024 
Course Title  Data Structures and Algorithms 
Convenor  Ashesh Mahidadia 
Lectures 
Monday and Tuesday 18:0021:00 in
Ainsworth Room G03 (Map reference: J17 ), Mechanical Engineering Building 
Consultations  To be advised later, most likely before the lecture times (some time between 2pm to 5:50pm on Monday and Tuesday) 
Units of Credit  6 
Course Website  https://webcms3.cse.unsw.edu.au/COMP9024/19T0/ 
Handbook Entry  http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/current/COMP9024.html 
Data structures are about how data is stored inside a computer for effective and efficient use. An algorithm is a stepbystep 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, inclass quizzes 
scholarship: rigorous in their analysis, critique, and reflection  inclass 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, selfdirected practice  problem sets and assignments 
professionalism: capable of operating within an agreed Code of Practice  all coursework, 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.
The Student Code of Conduct ( Information , Policy ) sets out what the University expects from students as members of the UNSW community. As well as the learning, teaching and research environment, the University aims to provide an environment that enables students to achieve their full potential and to provide an experience consistent with the University's values and guiding principles. A condition of enrolment is that students inform themselves of the University's rules and policies affecting them, and conduct themselves accordingly.
In particular, students have the responsibility to observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the University community. This applies to all activities on UNSW premises and all external activities related to study and research. This includes behaviour in person as well as behaviour on social media, for example Facebook groups set up for the purpose of discussing UNSW courses or course work. Behaviour that is considered in breach of the Student Code Policy as discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, bullying, harassing, invading another one's privacy or causing any person to fear for their personal safety is serious misconduct and can lead to severe penalties, including suspension or exclusion from UNSW.
If you have any concerns, you may raise them with your lecturer, or approach the School Ethics Officer , Grievance Officer , or one of the student representatives.
Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. UNSW and CSE treat plagiarism as academic misconduct, which means that it carries penalties as severe as being excluded from further study at UNSW. There are several online sources to help you understand what plagiarism is and how it is dealt with at UNSW:
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.
UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW. Plagiarism at UNSW is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own.
If you haven't done so yet, please take the time to read the full text of
The pages below describe the policies and procedures in more detail:
You should also read the following page which describes your rights and responsibilities in the CSE context:
Component  Maximum Mark 
Assignment 1 (due 04/January/2019)  10 
Midterm Exam (2 hour exam, between 5pm to 9pm on Tuesday 08/January/2019)

15 
Assignment 2 (due 28/January/2019)

15 
Final Exam (during the exam period: 49 Feb 2019)  60 
Your final overall mark will be the sum of your marks for each component.
To pass the course, your final overall mark must be 50 or higher and the sum of your marks for the midterm and the final exam must be 38 or higher. Students who do not meet these requirements but achieve an overall score ≥47 can sit the supplementary exam, in which they have to achieve a mark ≥50 to pass with a final mark of 50. Your final total marks will be calculated using the following formula.
if (mid+final >= 38) then total = ass1 + ass2 + mid + final_exam else total = (mid+final_exam) / 0.75;
And to pass the course, you must achieve:
mid + final_exam
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The following schedule is subject to change.
Week1 to 3 in 2018 (from 26/Nov to14/Dec), and week4 to 8 in 2018 (02/Jan to 01/Feb).
Elementary data structures and algorithms in C  week 1 
Abstract data types and dynamic data structures  week 1 
Analysis of algorithms  week 2 
Graph ADT 
week 3

Graph algorithms  week 35 
Midterm exam ( 2 hour exam, between 5pm to 9pm on Tuesday 08/January/2018)  week 5 
Tree algorithms  week 67 
Text processing algorithms  week 78 
Randomised algorithms  week 8 
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, especially since this is the first time that this course uses the C programming language and is run in the new format outlined above. Students are also strongly encouraged to provide informal feedback during the session, and to notify the lecturerincharge of any problems as soon as they arise.
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