CS35 — Data Structures and Algorithms
Fall 2010

Schedule | Grading | Study Sessions | Academic Integrity | Links



This course completes the broad introduction to computer science begun in CS21. It provides a general background for further study in the field. Topics to be covered include object-oriented programming in C++, advanced data structures (such as priority queues, trees, hash tables, and graphs), advanced algorithms, as well as software design and verification. Students will be expected to complete weekly lab assignments illustrating the concepts presented.

Prerequisite: CPSC 21 or permission of the instructor. This course is designated as a Natural sciences and engineering practicum.

Goals for the course

Class information

Room: Science Center 240 (for now)
Class: Tuesday, Thursday 11:20am–12:35pm
Lab: Friday 2:00–3:30pm
Text: Data Structures and Algorithms in C++ by Goodrich, Tamassia and Mount

Instructional staff

Professor: Andrew Danner
Office: Science Center 253
Phone: 328-8665
Office hours: by appointment. Drop by if my door is open, or email me to set up a time

Student Support: Betsy Horner
Office: Science Center 255
Phone: 957-6062

Student Mentors (aka Ninjas): Kristen Allen, Ryan Carlson, Gregory Rawson, Nick Rhinehart, and Chloe Stevens


1 Aug 31   Introduction to C++
Ch1: pages 2-8, 10(strings), 16(using), 17-30
inclass: intro
Lab1: Introduction to C++
Sep 02  
2 Sep 07   Object-Oriented Design in C++
Ch1: pages 33-38, 46-56; Ch2: pages 62-88
inclass: OOP
Lab2: Introduction to OOP
Sep 09 Drop/Add ends (Sep 10)
3 Sep 14   Complexity Analysis
Ch3: pages 108-134
Lab3: Analysis
Sep 16  
4 Sep 21   Stacks and Queues
Ch4: pages 156-182
Lab4: Maze solver
Sep 23 Quiz 1 (Sep 24)
5 Sep 28   Linked Lists
Ch5: pages 217-226
Lab5: Doubly Linked Lists
Sep 30  
6 Oct 05   Sorting
Ch10: pages 484-497, 504-521
Oct 07    

Oct 12

Fall Break

Oct 14

7 Oct 19   Trees
Ch6: pages 254-280, 414-420
Lab6: Word Frequency
Oct 21  
8 Oct 26   Balanced Search Trees
Ch9.3,9.4: pages 437-448
Priority Queues
Ch7: pages 312-324, 330-348
Lab7: Web Search
Oct 28 Quiz 2 (Oct 29)
9 Nov 02   Dictionaries Lab8: Web Search Caching
Nov 04 Last day to declare CR/NC
or withdraw with a "W"
(Nov 05)
10 Nov 09   Graphical User Interface wxWidgets Lab9: Browser GUI
Nov 11  
11 Nov 16   Graphs
Ch12: pages 576-594
Lab10a: Warm up with Bacon
Nov 18  
12 Nov 23 Quiz 3 No Lecture. Quiz Only  

Nov 25


13 Nov 30   More Graphs
Ch12: pages 625-633
Lab10: Oracle of Bacon
Dec 02  
14 Dec 07      

Dec 14

Final exam 9:00-Noon Sci 181


Your overall grade in the course will be determined as follows:
40%Lab assignments
5%Class Participation
25%Final Exam

Lab assignment policy

Assignments will be introduced during lab on Fridays and will be due before midnight the following Wednesday night. You are strongly encouraged to start early and to attend the study sessions on Monday nights.

You will submit your assignments electronically using the handin35 program. You may submit your assignment multiple times, but each submission overwrites the previous one and only the final submission will be graded. Late assignments will not be accepted unless you contact me before the deadline, and even then extensions are only provided under extreme circumstances beyond student control. Even if you do not fully complete an assignment, you should submit what you have done to receive partial credit.

Study Sessions

Student mentors will assist me in class and run study sessions on Mondays 7—11pm in SCI 256.

You are invited -- and encouraged -- to participate in these study sessions to prepare for quizzes, to discuss programming concepts, and to get friendly assistance in working on lab assignments. As an added bonus, snack may occasionally be provided.

Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are available for students with disabilities who are registered with Student Disability Services in the Dean's office.

If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Tracey Rush in the Office of Student Disability Services, located in Parrish 113, or e-mail trush1 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. Tracey Rush is responsible for reviewing and approving disability-related accommodation requests and, as appropriate, she will issue students with documented disabilities an Accommodation Authorization Letter. Since accommodations may require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact her as soon as possible.

You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through Tracey Rush in the Office Of Student Disability Services.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is required in all work you submit to be graded. You may not submit work done with (or by) someone else. You may not examine or use work done by others to complete your own work. You may discuss assignment specifications and requirements with others in the class to be sure you understand the problem. In addition, you are allowed to work with others to help learn the course material. However, with the exception of the student mentors and your partner on group assignments, you may not work with others on your assignments.

All code you submit must be your own with the following permissible exceptions: code distributed in class, code found in the course text book, and code worked on with an partner. In these cases, you should always include detailed comments that indicates on which parts of the assignment you received help, and what your sources were.

"It is the opinion of the faculty that for an intentional first offense, failure in the course normally is appropriate. Suspension for a semester or deprivation of the degree in that year may also be appropriate when warranted by the seriousness of the offense." - Student Handbook (2009-2010, pg19 Section I.B.3.b.i)

Please see me if there are any questions about what is permissible.