CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Computer Science major sequence
  • Level 2 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
At the core of most computer applications is the storage and retrieval of information. The way that the stored data is structured has a strong impact on what can be retrieved, how quickly it can be retrieved and how much space it occupies. The use of generic structures, or abstract data types (ADTs), to encapsulate the data also facilitates software engineering principles of independent modification, extension and re-use. This unit studies the specification, implementation and time-and-space performance of a range of commonly used ADTs and corresponding algorithms in an object-oriented setting.
Students are able to (1) work in teams; (2) write concise technical reports; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (4) understand the evolution of the discipline including its history, philosophy and theorising; (5) understand the discourse conventions of the discipline; (6) undertake problem identification via abstraction; (7) understand common and important data structures and algorithms in the computing discipline; (8) implement a range of data structures and algorithms in a high-level programming language; (9) select and apply existing data structures and algorithms from pre-built software libraries; (10) design data structures and algorithms; and (11) analyse the performance of different data structures and algorithms and compare them systematically and rigorously.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) laboratories and project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Amitava Datta
Unit rules
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (formerly Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering)
(Mathematics Methods ATAR
WACE Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B2
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Advisable prior study:
an additional programming unit
Contact hours
61 (lectures: 26 hours; practical classes: 11 hours; labs: 24 hours)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]

Weiss, M. A. Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java, 4th edn: Addison-Wesley 2010

Cormen, T. H. et al. Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd edn: MIT Press 2009

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