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CM20254: Data structures and algorithms

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 75%
Supplementary Assessment:
CM20254A - Examination Only (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must ( take CM10227 AND take CM10228 ) OR take XX10190 OR take EE10134 OR take MA10265
This unit will use Java as a programming language for examples and assignments. Some resources will be provided for students not familiar with Java, but students will need to allocate extra time to learn its basic principles.
Aims: To build on the students' understanding of algorithms and data structures and how to apply them. To facilitate the empirical assessment of algorithmic differences.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. determine the complexity of a variety of algorithms
2. carry out basic comparative empirical assessments of implementations of alternative algorithms
3. choose the right algorithms and data structures for the task in hand
4. General understanding of modern public key cryptography by the example of RSA cryptosystem.

Skills: Use of IT (T/F, A), Problem Solving (T/F, A).

Content: Complexity. Best, worst and average cases; time, space and other measures; big Ο, big Θ and big Ω; analysis of algorithms like selectionsort, heapsort, integer multiplication, recursive algorithms and others.
Data structures. Lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, graphs, etc.
Algorithms and data structures in practice. The effect of the "hidden constant", and crossover points between algorithms, e.g., when to prefer bubblesort over quicksort; polyalgorithms; the gap between algorithms and implementations; how data structures affect the complexity of an implementation; computationally hard problems in everyday life.
Complexity of integer factorization and primality testing with application to RSA public key cryptosystem.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

CM20254 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • USCM-AFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USCM-AFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USCM-AAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCM-AKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFB13 : BEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKB13 : BEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AFM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)

CM20254 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 2)
  • USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
  • USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USMA-AFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
  • USMA-AFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
  • USMA-AAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USMA-AAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USMA-AKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USMA-AKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USMA-AFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
  • USMA-AKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
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