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Unit Overview


This unit reinforces key concepts from CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms then builds and expands on them. The design and analysis of algorithms is covered. Students learn algorithmic problem-solving techniques through exposure to well-known algorithms. Topics including sorting algorithms, graph algorithms, dynamic programming, string algorithms, greedy algorithms, NP vs P, and problem-motivated design and analysis of novel algorithms.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Computer Science; International Cybersecurity; Computing and Data Science; Artificial Intelligence; Quantum Computing major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) create computer algorithms for novel problems; (2) analyse the correctness and complexity of algorithms; (3) implement algorithms in code and test them for correctness and runtime; (4) evaluate and apply common algorithmic problem-solving techniques; and (5) evaluate and apply well-known algorithms.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) labs and project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Max Ward (00095867)
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 3 hours per week

Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest and Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, 4th Edition (2022), MIT Press Academic


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