COMP SCI 1103 - Algorithm Design & Data Structures
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 1103 Course Algorithm Design & Data Structures Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1102 or COMP SCI 1202 Incompatible COMP SCI 1203 Restrictions Available to B Eng (Software Engineering) and other non-Engineering degree students only Course Description Builds on the foundation provided by the COMP SCI 1101-1102 sequence to introduce the fundamental concepts of data structures and the algorithms that proceed from them, and aspects of software engineering. Topics include recursion, the underlying philosophy of object-oriented programming, fundamental data structures (including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, and trees), the basics of algorithmic analysis, and an introduction to the principles of language translation.
- Review of elementary programming concepts
- Fundamental data structures: Stacks; queues; linked lists
- Object-oriented programming: Object-oriented design; encapsulation and information hiding; classes; separation of behaviour and implementation; class hierarchies; inheritance; polymorphism
- Fundamental computing algorithms: O(N log N) sorting algorithms;
- Recursion: The concept of recursion; recursive mathematical functions; simple recursive procedures; divide-and-conquer strategies; recursive backtracking; implementation of recursion
- Basic algorithmic analysis: Asymptotic analysis of upper and average complexity bounds; identifying differences among best, average, and worst case behaviours; big "O," little "o," omega, and theta notation;
- Algorithmic strategies: Brute-force algorithms; greedy algorithms; divide-and-conquer; backtracking; branch-and-bound; heuristics; pattern matching and string/text algorithms; numerical approximation algorithms
- Overview of programming languages: Programming paradigms
- Software engineering: Software validation; testing fundamentals, including test plan creation and test case generation; object-oriented testing
- Software evolution: Software maintenance; characteristics of maintainable software; reengineering; legacy systems; software reuse
Course Coordinator: Dr Mingyu Guo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the end of this course, students will:
1. be able to competently program in C/C++ in the OO paradigm,
2. be able to manage memory usage in C/C++ programs,
3. be able to explain fundamental computing algorithms,
4. be able to analyse algorithms and identify key algorithmic strategies,
5. be familiar with fundamental software engineering practices,
6. have an overview of programming language design issues,
7. have developed their professional writing skills,
8. have developed their problem solving skills,
9. have worked in small group and team environments,
10. have an overview of ethics in computer science,
11. understand what abstract data types are, and
12. be able to apply elementary abstract data types to solve programming problems.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,6,7,10,11,12 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,8,10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,8,12 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7,9,10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,5,11,12 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6,10,11 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9,10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6,10,11
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is: "Problem Solving with C++", 9e Global Edition, Walter Savitch, ISBN-13:9781292018249, Addison-Wesley, 2015.
Recommended ResourcesStudents who have Java as a programming language and are entering this course are strongly encouraged to make use of the simple on-line resource that will be made available on the course website, closer to the start of term.
Online LearningIn this course, we use an online learning environment called Moodle, available at: http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course has three contact activities: lectures, tutorials and practicals. Each of these activities will provide you with the resources necessary to understand the course material.
Lectures will present information and provide an opportunity for the introduction and discussion of programming, algorithmic and other material. You should expect to attend all of these and participate in small group work.
Tutorials will provide a small group discussion forum where you and a tutor will work through a problem set to identify key topics and give you necessary practice in formulating answers to key questions.
Practicals are an in-lab activity session where you will work on the weekly course assignments in C++, while receiving feedback from practical markers who are stationed around the lab area. You will need to explain your work to the marker to ensure that you have understood everything that we're trying to pass on.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
You are expected to allocate 3 hours per week for lectures, approximately 4 hours per week for practicals (as a minimum) and 1 hour per week (on average) for tutorials. On average, you should require no more than 10 hours per week for this course.
Learning Activities SummaryThe weekly pattern is three one-hour lectures and a two-hour practical session, with a tutorial every fortnight. The outline course content is:
Review of fundamental C/C++ programming techniques, pointer arithmetic and function pointers, memory errors and core dumps
Abstract data types and class hierarchies
Inheritance, friends, and overloading
Using classes, OO Design principles, testing and design
Principles of software re-use and maintenance, recursion
Ethics, polymorphism, using ADTs to produce usable structures
Introduction to complexity analysis, upper and lower complexity bounds, best-case and worst-case, big O, little o, omega and theta
Complexity analysis, searching and sorting Algorithms
Recursive complexity, linked lists and stacks
Queues, other linked list based data structures
Trees, algorithmic strategies
Problem solving, programming paradigms, introduction to type systems
The course is structured to take you from an introductory knowledge of C++ to a higher level, as well as addressing some key areas of computer programming and algorithm design.
The summary of the areas covered in this course are:
Review and development of previous knowledge of C++
Fundamental data structures
Fundamental Computing Algorithms
Basic Algorithmic Analysis
Overview of programming languages
Professional Skills Development
Specific Course RequirementsThere are no specific course requirements, although students who have not undertaken COMP SCI 1102, but have instead entered via the Computer Science IB pathway, will be expected to undertake work on their own time to make the transition from Java to C++
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe marks for this course are made up of:
• Written Examination: 50%
• Practical Examination: 20%
• Practical Assignments: 30%
Assessment Related RequirementsTutorials do not attract marks but attendance is recorded and students are expected to attend at least 80% of tutorials. Students must achieve an overall passing mark and least 40% in the prac exam. The components are:
• Written Examination (Total 50%)
• Practical Examination (Total 20%)
• Practical Assignments (Total 30%)
Assessment DetailEach weekly assignment is worth 3% of the final mark, to a total of 30%.
Below are the CBOK mappings
Abstraction Design Data and Information Programming Systems Development Prac Assignments 5 5 3 5 3 Prac Exam 3 3 3 Main Exam 3 3 3
CBOK categories are explained in section 4 of the ICT core body of knowlege. Numbers assigned correspond to the Bloom taxonomy (see page 26 of the same document).
Below are the mappings to learning outcomes and graduate attributes
Component Weight Learning Outcomes Graduate Attributes Prac Assignments 30% 1,2,4,5,6,8,9,11,12 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Prac Exam 20% 1,2,4,5,6,8,9,11,12 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Main Exam 50% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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Both electronic systems provide cover sheets for submitted work. No physical submissions of work will be accepted unless specifically requested by the lecturer.
The School of Computer Science observes a strict lateness policy. Extensions may be requested in advance for medical or compassionate reasons but (1) all requests must be accompanied by documentation, (2) extensions awarded will be in proportion to the time lost that is supported by documentation, (3) extensions are almost never granted on the final day unless the issue is both severe and unforeseen, and (4) extensions are never granted because you have been busy, have managed your time poorly or are overloaded in other courses.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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