COMP SCI 7201NA - Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 3 - 2016

Program development techniques including basic ideas of correctness and proof; Notions of complexity and analysis; Recursion. Approaches to Problem Solving. Notion of abstract data type, representation of lists, stacks, queues, sets, trees and hash tables. Graphs and Graph Traversal

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7201NA
    Course Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Bradley Alexander

    Lecturer: Dr Lye Kong Wei
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Skills in performing analysis of given recursive and iterative algorithms.
    2. Understanding and performing simple proofs of algorithmic complexity and correctness.
    3. An ability to understand and derive recurrences describing algorithms and properties of data structures.
    4. An understanding of the implementation and efficiency of a range of data structures including, trees, binary heaps, hash-tables and graphs.
    5. An understanding of a variety of well-known algorithms on some of the data structures presented.
    6. The ability to implement and use these algorithms in code.
    7. A foundational understanding of intractability. An understanding of proof techniques for NP-Completeness.
    8. An ability to solve new analytic and algorithmic 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The textbook for this course is Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest and Clifford Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, Third Edition, MIT Press.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended further reading:
    Algorithms and Data Structures - The Basic Toolbox by Kurt Mehlhorn and Peter Sanders, Springer, 2008.(the full text is available on the Author’s website).
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures and Tutorials. Most tutorials will be handed in for assessment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload is approximately 12 hours per week during semester time. This consists of an average of 2.5 hours of contact time and the remaining time for study and working on tutorial submissions.
    Learning Activities Summary
    • The following details the topics to be introduced by the lectures.
    • The tutorial topics will broadly follow this schedule 
    • Introduction
    • Integer-Arithmetics
    • Recursive-Multiplication
    • Karatsuba-Multiplication 
    • Binary-Search-Trees
    • Binary-Search-Invariants
    • Priority-Queues
    • PQ-HeapSort-Binary-Search-Trees 
    • BST-average-case
    • AVL-Trees
    • Skip-Lists
    • Hashing1
    • Hashing2
    • Graphs
    • Graph-Representations-BFS
    • DFS-Connected-Components
    • Shortest-Paths1
    • Shortest-Paths2
    • DynamicProgramming
    • Minimum-Spanning-Trees
    • Minimum-Spanning-Trees2 
    • P-and-NP
    • P-and-NP2
    • Exam-Preparation
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific requirements for this course beyond prerequisite knowledge and the ability to attend the lectures and tutorials.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The course assessment consists of two components:
    • A written exam worth 70% of the marks for the course
    • Written submissions to tutorials (some, optionally, done in teams of up to two people) 30% of the marks for the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    A minimum score of 40% is required in each component of the course. Failure to achieve this score will result your course mark being capped at 44F with opportunity for additional assessment being awarded at the discretion of the school.

    You are also required to attend a minimum of five out of six tutorial sessions. Application for exemptions based on medical and/or compassionate grounds must be made to the course coordinator.
    Assessment Detail
    The written exam will be centrally administered by examinations and held at the end of semester.

    Each tutorial will be based on materials presented at that stage of the course or on readings drawn from reference materials.

    Five out of the six tutorials will be assessed with each tutorial being worth 6% of the course mark. Where it is written on the tutorial, students will be allowed to work on the questions in teams of up to two people.

    Tutorials will be marked within one and a half weeks of the tutorial submission deadline. Brief written feedback will be provided along with marks.
    Details of the submission of tutorials will be written on each tutorial handout. The submission time for tutorials will usually be only one to two days prior to the first tutorial presentation. As such it will only be possible to accept tutorial submissions up to one day late (capped at a maximum of 75% for lateness) unless prior arrangement is made with the course coordinator for an extension on medical or compassionate grounds. In all cases where the submission is late the submission may have to be made direct to the lecturer.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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