10 Units

This course introduces students to the notion of efficiency and computational complexity. The basic data structures encountered in first year, such as lists, trees and graphs, are reviewed in light of their efficiency and common usage scenario. Asymptotic measures of complexity are covered, and recurrence relations are introduced as an analytical tool. Problem-solving techniques such as the greedy strategy, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and graph searching are covered. These techniques are illustrated upon optimization problems chosen for their practical relevance.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. apply basic techniques to analyse the performance of algorithms;
  2. explain the most important algorithms used in various common computer science applications;
  3. apply efficient algorithm design techniques and understand the limitations of algorithms.
  1. Preliminaries (review of basic mathematical notions, data structures, induction, basic combinatorics).
  2. Elementary algorithmics (worst-case vs. average case, basic examples, elementary operations).
  3. Asymptotic Notation (big O, Omega and Theta).
  4. Analysis of Algorithms (loops, recurrence relations).
  5. Data structures (graphs, trees, heaps, disjoint sets).
  6. Searching and Sorting.
  7. Greedy algorithms.
  8. Divide-and-Conquer.
  9. Dynamic programming.
  10. Text-search Algorithm.
  11. Introduction to the topics of computational complexity, heuristics, metaheuristics and approximation algorithms.  
Assumed Knowledge SENG6120 Knowledge of discrete mathematics
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments
  • In Term Test: Examination: Class
  • Formal Examination: Examination: Formal *
  • Quiz: Quizzes

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. (Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for COMP6230
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