• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology

Algorithms are the foundation of Computer Science. They enable advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Distributed, Mobile, and Cloud Computing, Computer Graphics and Animation, and many more. These advances have made Computer Science an indispensable part of our everyday life.

The main goal of this course is to familiarize students with basic concepts in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures. It focuses on fundamental computing problems such as sorting and searching. The students will learn how to use different algorithm design methods and data structures to solve such problems efficiently, as well as basic performance measures and analysis techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Display a solid understanding of classical algorithms for fundamental computing problems such as sorting and searching and their analysis.
  2. Demonstrate deep knowledge of various data structures, such as binary search trees and heaps, and their applications.
  3. Design efficient algorithms using techniques such as divide-and-concur, greedy approaches, and dynamic programming.
  4. Analyse the time and space complexity of algorithms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Midterm Exam (30) [LO 1,4]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 2,3,4]

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As a Master course, students are expected to recap and conduct independent studies for as many hours as they need to gain understanding of the materials. To help this learning process, we provide 12 two-hour and 12 one-hour lectures, and 11 two-hour tutorial/laboratory sessions.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Computing or have successfully completed COMP6710. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed COMP3600.

Prescribed Texts

The following text book will be used for this course:

  • Cormen, T., Leiserson, C.E. Rivest. R.L. & Stein, C. Introduction to Algorithms, MIT Press, 2nd Edition, 2002.

The following reference books are recommended for this course:

  • Anany Levitin, Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Algorithms, 3rd ed.
  • Baase, S. & Van Gelder, Allen Computer Algorithms — Introduction to Design and Analysis by Addison-Wesley, 3rd Edition, 2000.
  • Sedgewick, Robert Algorithms in C, 3rd Edition, 2002.
  • Aho, Alfred V., Hopcroft, John E., & Ullman, Jeffrey D. The Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms, Addison-Wesley, 1974.
  • Kleinberg, John & Tardos, Eva Algorithms Design, Addison-Wesley, 2005.


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9231 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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