COMP7038 - Non-linear Data Struct. & Alg.

Title:Non-linear Data Struct. & Alg.
Long Title:Non-linear Data Struct. & Alg.
Module Code:COMP7038
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donna OShea
Module Author: Ignacio Castineiras
Module Description: Data structures and algorithms are fundamental elements in many computing applications. In computer programs data structures offer different techniques for storing data while algorithms provide the methods for manipulating this data. In this module the learner will will be introduced to asymptotic cost analysis in order to assess the efficiency of algorithms and data structures when solving a computer science-related problem. The module will examine and assess dynamic programming and backtracking algorithms using nonlinear-based abstract data types.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Assess an algorithms computation complexity in terms of time and memory.
LO2 Compare and contrast the interfaces and internal representation of a number of nonlinear abstract data types.
LO3 Design and specify the operations of a nonlinear-based abstract data type in a declarative manner and implement them in a high-level programming language.
LO4 Assess the applicability of dynamic programming and backtracking algorithms to real-world problems.
LO5 Design and implement dynamic programming and backtracking algorithms and compare their formulations and solutions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
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12788 COMP7035 Linear Data Struct. & Alg.
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Requirements

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Algorithm Computational Complexity.
Evaluation of algorithm efficiency: Time and memory factors. Formal asymptotic cost analysis: Big O notation. Best, worse and average cases.
Nonlinear-based Abstract Dataypes (ADTs).
Declarative semantics of nonlinear-based ADTs. ADT binary tree specification and implementation: Minimal set of operations. Extending the interface: Traversal, path properties and other supplementary operations. Comparable data type-based ADTs: Binary Search Trees (BST).
Graph-based ADTs.
Declarative semantics as a generalisation of tree-based ADTs. Graph main concepts (sub-graph, path, cycle, connection) and categories (directed, weighted).
Dynamic Programming Algorithms.
Tail recursion. Decreasing recursive design vs. increasing iterative design. Applications: Graphs, searching and resource allocation problems.
Backtracking Algorithms.
Satisfaction vs. Optimisation problems. Decision making: Explicit and implicit constraints. Exhaustive search: Alive, expansion and dead nodes. Prunning function. Applications: Puzzles, graphs and resource allocation problems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Define, specify and document the set of operations for a novel ADT. Implement the set of operations of the ADT using an internal representation based nonlinear data structures. Produce a report to justify the data structures being chosen in terms of the time and memory complexities for the algorithms implementing the operations. 1,2,3 25.0 Week 6
Project Design, implement and document a dynamic programming or backtracking algorithm to tackle some real-life problems. Produce a report to justify the algorithm family being selected in terms of how effective it is to model the problem domain. 1,4,5 25.0 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Examination. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture deliverying theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture deliverying theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Thomas H. Cormen et. al. 2009, Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Ed., MIT Press [ISBN: 9780262033848]
  • Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne 2011, Algorithms, 4th Ed., Addison-Wesley [ISBN: 9780321573513]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Narashimha Karumanchi 2016, Data Structures And Algorithms Made Easy, CareerMonk [ISBN: 9788193245279]
  • Christopher Steiner 2012, Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World, Penguin [ISBN: 9781591844921]
  • John V. Guttag 2013, Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python, MIT Press [ISBN: 9780262525008]
  • Michael T. Goodrich et. al. 2014, Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, Wiley Publishing [ISBN: 9781118771334]
  • Michael T. Goodrich et. al. 2013, Data Structures and Algorithms in Python, Wiley Publishing [ISBN: 9781118290279]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KSDEV_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 4 Mandatory
CR_KDNET_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems 8 Mandatory