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COSC201 Algorithms and Data Structures

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Development and analysis of fundamental algorithms and data structures and their applications including: sorting and searching, dynamic programming, graph and tree algorithms, and string processing algorithms.

Paper title Algorithms and Data Structures
Paper code COSC201
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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COMP 160 or COMP 162
COSC 242
Recommended Preparation
100 level MATH, STAT or COMO paper, BSNS 112 or FINC 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By completion of this paper students are expected to:

  • Understand the basic principles of analysing algorithmic complexity including “big-O” and related notation.
  • Understand fundamental structural properties of algorithms including: greedy algorithms, dynamic programming, divide and conquer, depth and breadth first search, time-space trade-offs.
  • Understand fundamental data structures used in sorting and searching, graph, tree and network representations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply such algorithms in practical problems including the ability to choose the appropriate algorithm and/or data structure for the context.
  • Understand how the computational overheads and scalability of algorithms or data structures affect their suitability in applications.
  • Acquire increased proficiency in programming

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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