Textbook Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++, Mark Allen Weiss - New version will come out soon - Source code available online - Available at library for 24-hour loan
Grading Policy Two Written Assignments 8% (4% each) Three Lab Assignments 27% (9% each) Midterm Exam 25% Final Exam 40%
Plagiarism Policy 1 st Time: both get 0 2 nd Time: one full grade lower 3 rd Time: F Midterm or Final: F You are encouraged to collaborate in study groups. But you cannot directly copy or slightly change other students’ solutions or code
Course Overview A fundamental computer science course - Essential for programming - Essential for advanced courses like 271 A challenging course - Intensive programming - Intensive (mathematical and logic) thinking
Course Prerequisite COMP103 or COMP104 Need to know C and C++ Visual Studio or other PC programming environment Good programming skills Translate pseudo-codes into codes Speedy review in the 1 st week COMP151 Not essential Highly recommended to be taken concurrently Basic mathematical skills Solving recursive equations, manipulation of symbols, etc. Computer architecture Pointers, storage, memory access, etc.
Course Outline C++ Review Algorithms and Analysis List, Stack, Queus Trees Hasing Sorting Graph
Challenge “Over the years, there has always been a gap between the logical thinking and programming ability of the students and the expectation assumed by COMP 171. … And I don't mean mathematical thinking, I mean turning ideas into codes. ” - Dr. Siu-Wing CHENG
Lecture Format Feel free to interrupt to ask questions Lectures: Slides are available one day before the lecture It is important to attend the lectures (Not all materials are covered in slides) If you miss any lectures, learn from your friends Tutorials Supplement the lectures Some important exercises Welcome to attend other labs if you miss the your signed session Programming and homework assignments More rigorous problems to consolidate your knowledge
Assignments Written homework Due by time specified Contact TAs directly for re-grades Re-grade requests will only be entertained within 1 week after the homework are handed back Programming assignments Submit it yourself Run on PCs We will not handle porting problems
Late Policy For written assignments, 20% will be deducted for one day late submissions. Assignments later than 1 day will not be accepted. For programming assignments, you are allowed to submit ONE assignment late (up to 1 week) among the three assignments.
Midterm and Final Midterm: Oct. 22, 2005 Final: TBA Closed-book, closed-notes No calculator No make-ups will be given Unless under very unusual circumstances, with letters of proof Instructor informed beforehand