Data Structures and Algorithms
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
write, compile, and run programs in C++;
perform complexity analysis in order to determine the efficiency of a given algorithm;
implement key details of each of the data structures presented in this unit; and
determine which data structure should be used for the efficient solution of a range of different problems, and understand why this is the case in each instance.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
andand one of
- UNE-COSC101-Software Development Studio 1
- UNE-COSC110-Introduction to Programming and the UNIX Environment
- UNE-SCI210-Introduction to Scientific Programming
- UNE-AMTH250-Computational Mathematics
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
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- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Travel requirements - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
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Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
In a data driven world, your ability to keep pace with new trends in software development relies on a sound understanding of the fundamental data structures used in programming. Emphasising both algorithm design and efficiency analysis, in this subject you will explore practical data structure implementations using object-oriented programming in C++. Data structure implementations include linked lists, binary search trees, hash tables, stacks and queues, heaps and expression trees. Recursion and efficient sorting algorithms are also covered. Extend your capacity to use a structured approach to find solutions for the complex challenges you may encounter in a range of programming scenarios, and hone invaluable technical and analytical skills.
Assessment 1: Programming assignment. All assessment tasks must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 2: Programming assignment. All assessment tasks must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 3: Programming assignment. All assessment tasks must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 4: Programming assignment. All assessment tasks must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Final Examination: 2 hrs 15 mins. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assessment 1 - Programming assignment (10%)
- Assessment 2 - Programming assignment (10%)
- Assessment 3 - Programming assignment (10%)
- Assessment 4 - Programming assignment (10%)
- Final Examination - 2 hrs 15 mins (60%)
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