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School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

CITS3210 Algorithms Home

Algorithm Quotes

"The Feynman Problem Solving Algorithm: (1) write down the problem; (2) think very hard; (3) write down the answer." Richard Feynman

"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better." Edsger Dijkstra

"Beware of bugs in the above code. I have only proved it correct, not tried it." Donald Knuth

"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.", Tony Hoare

"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.", Donald Knuth


Algorithms are well defined procedures for executing some computational task, and form the backbone of computer science. This unit is concerned with the design and analysis of algorithms, and these concepts are introduced through the study of graph algorithms, searching algorithms, string processing algorithms, greedy and dynamic programming algorithms as well as algorithms from other selected areas. These algorithms are studied in the context of the modern computer applications they facilitate. Elementary analysis of the algorithms is performed and complex classes of problems and approximation algorithms are also described.

Unit coordinator: Dr Tim French
Consultation: Thursday 1-2pm in CSSE Rm 2.14.
Textbooks: Introduction to Algorithms, by Cormen, Lieserson, Rivest and Stein (any edition will do).


Students must attend the lecture each week. Tutorial questions are available for students to study in their own time. These questions will form the basis of the mid-semester and final exams. Attendence at the laboratory is highly recomended.
Type Time Day Location
Lecture 9-11 amWednesday GGGL:GENTILLI
Laboratory 10am - 12pm Monday CSSE Lab 2.03


The assessment for CITS3210 consists of a midsemester test, 4 assessed laboratories, a project and a 2hr examination.
Assessment % of final mark Assessment Dates
Laboratories 4 x 2.5% various
Midsemester Test 20% 9am October 3
Project 20% Available: September 18
Due: 5pm November 1
Final exam 50% End of Semester Examination Period
The project should be submitted using cssubmit, as well as submitting a hardcopy of the report to the CSSE office. As the semester proceeds, your ongoing marks will be updated regularly and stored in a database that you can check by using the csmarks program.

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