# Course Details for A.Y. 2014/2015

#### Name:

**Algoritmi e Strutture Dati / Algorithms and Data Structures**

### Basic information

##### Credits:

*:* Bachelor Degree in Computer Science 6 CFU (a)

##### Degree(s):

Bachelor Degree in Computer Science 2^{nd} anno curriculum General Compulsory

##### Language:

Italian

### Course Objectives

To provide the students with competences about main data structures and algorithms, and to make them learn how to analyze the computational complexity of algorithms and problems. Finally, to develop an intuition about how to solve efficiently a computational problem.

### Course Content

- Algorithms and problems. Complexity analysis of an algorithm. Lower and upper bound.
- Sorting algorithms: insertion-sort, selection-sort, merge-sort, quick-sort
- Priority queues: binary heaps, binomial heaps, heap-sort.
- The dictionary problem: searching, inserting, deleting. Hast tables and AVL trees.
- Graphs: definitions, memory representations, DFS and BFS.
- Elementary graph algorithms: shortest paths and minimum spanning trees.

### Learning Outcomes (Dublin Descriptors)

On successful completion of this course, the student should

- By the end of this module students will be able to: 1) understand the importance of designing efficient algorithms; 2) analyze the resources (space and time) needed by an algorithm; 3) known efficient algorithms for basic computational problems (sorting, searching, graph problems, etc.).
- The aim is to make the student capable of abstracting models and formal algorithmic problems from real computational problems, and designing efficient algorithmic solutions.
- Through the presentation and the comparison of different solutions to a given probelm, students will be guided to learn and to identify independently their most efficient solution.
- The course will encourage the development of the following skills of the student: capability of formally presenting and modelling concrete problems, focusing on their main features and discarding the inessential ones.
- The course aims to develop in undergraduate students competencies and abilities necessary in their future studies, especially with respect to advanced algorithmic courses.

### Prerequisites and Learning Activities

Students have to know:
- elementary data structures (array, list, â€¦)
- recursion
- summation, proof by induction, calculus

### Assessment Methods and Criteria

The exam should be completed jointly with the lab module. It consists of:
- a written and oral examination on the theory module:
- a written (mandatory) and oral (optional) examination on the lab module.
Both parts provides also an (optional) intermediate written examination.

### Textbooks

- C. Demetrescu, I. Finocchi, G.F. Italiano, Algoritmi e Strutture Dati , Ed. McGraw-Hill.
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*Course information last updated on: 19 novembre 2014, 09:30*