Algorithms and Analysis

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Algorithms and Analysis

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

    Enforced Prerequisites: COSC1295 Advanced Programming or COSC1076 Advanced Programming Techniques

    You may not enrol in Algorithms and Analysis unless one of these courses is explicitly listed in your enrolment program summary. This will be enforced by SAMs.


    Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

    For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites –;ID=twx09y07zi1c

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    The main objective of this course is for you to acquire the tools and techniques necessary to propose practical algorithmic solutions to real-world problems which still allow strong theoretical bounds on time and space usage. You will study a broad variety of important and useful algorithms and data structures in different areas of applications, and will concentrate on fundamental algorithms. You will spend a significant time on each algorithm to understand its essential characteristics and to respect its subtleties.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Program Learning Outcomes

    This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science, BP096 Bachelor of Software Engineering, BP215 Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Graphics Programming), BH094 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic & Communication Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Computer Science, BH091 - Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Computer Science, MC061 Master of Computer Science, and MC208 Master of Information Technology:

    • Enabling Knowledge: You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.
    • Enabling Knowledge: You will gain skills as you apply knowledge with creativity and initiative to new situations. In doing so, you will: Demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge that includes recent developments in computer science and information technology; Recognise and use research principles and methods applicable to computer science and information technology.
    • Critical Analysis: You will learn to accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to: (i) Analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems; (ii) Evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.
    • Problem Solving: Your capability to analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to: Design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification. 
    • Communication: You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to: Present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations. Interpret abstract theoretical propositions, choose methodologies, justify conclusions and defend professional decisions to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.
    • Team Work: You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to: Work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances and differing levels of technical expertise. 


    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

    • CLO 1: Compare, contrast, and apply the key algorithmic design paradigms: brute force, divide and conquer, decrease and conquer, transform and conquer, greedy, dynamic programming and iterative improvement;
    • CLO 2: Compare, contrast, and apply key data structures: trees, lists, stacks, queues, hash tables and graph representations;
    • CLO 3: Define, compare, analyse, and solve general algorithmic problem types: sorting, searching, graphs and geometric;
    • CLO 4: Theoretically compare and analyse the time complexities of algorithms and data structures; and 
    • CLO 5: Implement, empirically compare, and apply fundamental algorithms and data structures to real-world problems.    


    Overview of Learning Activities

    Key concepts will be explained in lectures, classes or online, where course material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples.

    Tutorial sessions focus on problem solving and application of data structures and algorithms learnt in classes.

    Laboratory sessions provide practice in the application of theory and procedures.    


    A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

    Teacher-directed hours (48 hours):

    Each week there will be two hours of lectures, one hour of tutorials and one hour of laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences and by presenting solutions to teacher’s questions and problems presented in classes. The tutorial and laboratory sessions will consolidate your understanding and allow you to practice applying and implementing algorithms and data structures to solve problems.

    Student-directed hours (72 hours):

    You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside of class.     


    Overview of Learning Resources

    Computer laboratories and relevant software will be provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials and any recommended textbooks through the Blackboard learning management system.  Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.   


    Overview of Assessment

    The assessment for this course comprises of assignments, weekly quizzes, mid-semester test and a formal end-of-semester written examination.

    This course has no hurdle requirements.


    Assessment tasks

    Assessment Task 1:  Weekly Quizzes

    Weighting 10%

    This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4


    Assessment Task 2: Assignment 1

    Weighting 15%

    This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


    Assessment Task 3: Mid-semester Test

    Weighting 10%

    This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4


    Assessment Task 4: Assignment 2

    Weighting 15% 

    This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5


    Assessment Task 4: End-of-semester Examination

    Weighting 50% 

    This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


    Please note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate deeper knowledge and higher level application of knowledge and skills than undergraduate students. There may be a postgraduate and an undergraduate version for both the mid-semester test and the end-of-semester examination.    


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