COMP SCI 4402 - Introduction to Geometric Algorithms
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 4402 Course Introduction to Geometric Algorithms Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Prerequisites COMP SCI 2201 Assumed Knowledge Discrete mathematics such as in MATHS 1008 Course Description Introduction to Computational Geometry techniques. Topics include theoretical and applied aspects of computational geometry
Course Coordinator: Anders ErikssonLecturers Dr Anders Eriksson and Dr Tat-Jun Chin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes(1) Understanding of basic concepts of computational geometry and standard algorithms such as plane sweeping, linear programming, voronoi diagrams and Delaunay Triangulation.
(2) Understanding of basic principles and theory of geometric algorithms, which may guide students to develop their own algorithms for solving geometric problems.
(3) Ability to implement the algorithms in the course.
(4) Ability to do mathematical derivation of the algorithms in the course.
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 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2
Required ResourcesThe main textbook used in the course is M. de Berg, M. van Kreveld, M. Overmars, and O. Schwarzkopf, Computational Geometry: Algorithms and Applications. This book is available online through the University of Adelaide library.
Online LearningAll course material including lecture sildes, assignment instructions, and lecture recordings, are available from the course homepage:
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be primarily delivered through two activities:
Lectures will introduce and motivate the basic concepts of each topic. Significant discussions and two-way communication are also expected during lectures to enrich the learning experience. The assignments will reinforce concepts by their application to problem solving. This will be done via programming work, and mathematical derivation. All material covered in the lectures, and assignments are assessable.
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.
This is a 3-unit course. Students are expected to spend about 8 hours per week on the course. This includes a 2-hour lecture, 2-hour self study and up to 4 hours per week on completing assignments.
Assigmment work will be subjected to deadlines. Students are expected to manage their time effectively to allow timely submission, especially with consideration to workload of other courses.
Learning Activities SummaryStudents are encouraged to attend lectures as material presented in lectures often includes more than is on the slides. Students are also encouraged to ask questions during the lectures. Slides and lecture recordings will be available via the subject web page.
Specific Course RequirementsKnowing some basic mathematics and linear algebra would be helpful, but not essential. They will be covered when needed.
Ability to program in Matlab is required.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 course includes the following assessment components:
Four assignments at 25% each.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks to pass the course.
Each student is expected to complete assignments in the form of report and programming work. The assignments must be completed individually and all submissions are to be made under the declaration of adherring to the academic honesty principles. Submissions will be subjected to plagiarism checks. This course has a zero-tolerance policy towards academic honesty violations. Offenders will be duly subjected to University procedures for dealing with academic honesty cases.
Assignment solutions are to be submitted through the School of Computer Science's Moodle forum: http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/course/
No physical submissions of work will be accepted unless specifically requested by the lecturer.
Marks will be capped for late submissions, based on the following schedule:
1 day late – mark capped at 75%
2 days late – mark capped at 50%
3 days late – mark capped at 25%
more than 3 days late – no marks available.
Extensions to due dates will only be considered under exceptional medical or personal conditions and will not be granted on the last day due, or retrospectively. Applications for extensions must be made to the course coordinator by e-mail or hard copy and must include supporting documentation – medical certificate or letter from the student counselling service.
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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