CS 320 provides an introduction to algorithms, their correctness proofs and complexity, algorithm classes, problems and problem classes.
The course is about learning and practicing principles for organizing your thinking when solving programming problems.Mastering these skills will allow you to discover and invent efficient algorithms of your own, by figuring out what steps are needed for correctness and to reduce running time. We will study a variety of subjects:
There will be a help desk on cs320 Spring21 Teams, general channel:
You must have passed CS220, MATH161, and MATH229 or MATH369, all with a C or better to enroll in this course.
There is the required textbook for this course. The required text is Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd edition, by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein.
The Matching Problem in the introductory lecture is described in more detail in Algorithm Design by Jon Kleinberg and Eva Tardos.
Here are the formally graded elements of the course and associated weighting:
Your final grade will be determined by the weights above.
Written assignments are done in Canvas. We will use the cs checkin system for programming assignments.
There will be 3 tests in the form of Canvas Quizzes, two midterms (15 pts each) and a final (20 pts).
Written assignments, programming assignments, quizzes and exams will all be done individually.
Please see Professional Conduct below for more information and links to resources.
Programming assignments will have a 20% penalty up to 48 hours late.
You may be excused from class and make up missed work if you are part of a CSU-sponsored event and you make arrangements with the instructor at least 1 week prior to the event.
For unforeseeable emergencies such as severe illness, the death of a family member or close friend, please talk to the instructor.
We will drop your lowest score in the quizzes when calculating your final score for the class.
All students are expected to conduct themselves professionally. We, specifically the instructors, GTAs, and UTAs assume you are familiar with the policies in the student information sheet for the department. This course will adhere to CSU's policies as explained in the General Catalog. At a minimum, violations will result in a grading penalty in this course and a report to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.
Additionally, you are computing professionals. You should be familiar with the code of conduct for the primary professional society, ACM. You can read the ACM Code of Conduct HERE.
We work to maintain an environment supportive of learning in the classroom and lab. Towards that end, we require that you be courteous to and respectful of your fellow participants (i.e., classmates, instructors, GTAs, and UTAs).
A class discussion board is being used to support this course. We will use Canvas Discussions for this.
Here are some explicit guidelines to assist in establishing the tone and expectations regarding the use of the discussion board.
This last item deserves additional comment. Please, keep in mind every word you type may be retained and shared by the instructor with others when the instructor determines there is good reason to do so. It is the nature of a public discussion board that what you type is archival and public. However, understanding the public and personally identifiable nature of the discussion board should help reinforce the comments above about the importance of Professionalism.