BTP500 - Data Structures and Algorithms

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Subject Title
Data Structures and Algorithms

Subject Description
This is a survey course on algorithms and data structures commonly used in computer programs. Students taking this course will learn how these classical data structures and algorithms function. They will learn how to implement these data structures and apply them to real programming problems. Students will also learn how these data structures are used to implement parts of the standard language libraries. Furthermore, the course will also introduce students to computational theory. This course is meant to provide students with a fundamental background to computer science concepts.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze algorithms and data structures for resource usage to design optimal programs
  2. Explain the relationship between resource use growth rates and observed algorithmic behavior to forecast performance
  3. Use pseudo code and diagrams to explain how data structures and algorithms are implemented
  4. Implement custom linked-list structures to extend the behavior of language specific libraries 
  5. Explain the P vs NP problem to recognize the limitations of computation
  6. Implement key-based container classes to retrieve data quickly and efficiently 
  7. Use graph data structures to store information about relationships between objects

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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