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COMP2711 Algorithms and Data Structures I

10 creditsClass Size: 500

Module manager: Dr Natasha Shakhlevich

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


COMP1511Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
COMP1721Object Oriented Programming

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Algorithms are the underlying concept of which computer programs are the embodiment of. In order to appreciate a good solution to a problem it is essential that 'good' can be quantified in some rigorous manner. The primary focus of this module is to develop a tool-kit of knowledge and skills used in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures.This module builds on previous mathematics modules and relies on the skills developed there for justifying the correctness of algorithms and their time and space requirements.


This module introduces the basics of algorithm design and analysis and provides students with the opportunity to practice these new skills on classical computer science algorithms and data structures. This module develops abstract problem solving skills and contributes to developing computer science professional who are capable of tackling real world problems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- analyse an algorithm in terms of time complexity.
- justify the correctness of an algorithm.
- trace an algorithm communicated in pseudo code.
- develop algorithms for real world problems.
- select an appropriate data structures for a given problem.
- articulate key concepts from the topic in a clear and rigorous manner.


Syllabus This module covers the following 4 topic areas:

-Algorithm design : iterative algorithms, recursive algorithms, brute force algorithms and divide-and-conquer.
-Algorithm analysis : time and space complexity, worst case analysis and big-O notation.
-Searching & Sorting : sequential and binary search, selection sort, insertion sort, quicksort, mergesort and heapsort.
-Data structures : arrays, lists, stacks, queues and heaps.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Taught session preparation: 9 hours
Taught session follow-up: 9 hours
Self-directed study: 19 hours
Assessment activities: 24 hours

This module is re-assessed by exam only.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and labs.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework 110.00
In-course AssessmentCoursework 210.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/03/2022 16:12:19


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