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CS 352 Data Structures
Cigas, John


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

CS 352 Data Structures

Semester

FA 2010 HO

Faculty

Cigas, John

Title

Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Computer Science

Office Location

SC 113B

Office Hours

Specific hours are posted on my office door. Drop by or send email to make an appointment.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6435

E-Mail

john.cigas@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Class Days

MW

Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Prerequisites

CS 208, a grade of C or better in CS 225

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required: 
Ford, Data Structures with C++ using STL, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN 0-13-085850-1.
 
Optional:
Deitel, C++ How to Program, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN 978-0-13-611726-1.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
This course introduces the student to various data structures and advanced algorithmic concepts. Students will put what they learn into practice by using C++ for programming projects. These data structures will be covered: linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees. These concepts will be covered: recursion, searching, sorting, and time-complexity analysis.

Educational Philosophy:
Most people learn best by actually working with and using the information presented in class. To do this, we will have a number of programming assignments that will give the students an opportunity to apply what they learn in class and from the reading materials.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate and analyze these data structures concepts: *recursion *the Standard Template Library *stacks *queues (including priority queues) *trees (including binary search trees)
  2. Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills.
  3. Analyze the efficiency of an algorithm using the Big-O notation.
  4. Appraise C++ programs to ensure that they use proper coding conventions and documentation.
  5. Compare and utilize various sorting algorithms (e.g., selection sort, insertion sort, bubble sort).
  6. Construct various data structures using: *function templates and class templates *pointers *dynamic memory allocation *linked lists (including doubly-linked lists)
  7. Formulate C++ programs that use: *recursion *templates *pointers *dynamic memory allocation *linked lists *stacks *queues *trees
  8. Optional - upon completion of this course the student should be able to write C++ programs that use one or more of these data structures – heaps, b-trees, graphs, hash tables.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy also dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes.

For this course, the core assessment tool is a final exam. Teachers must create their own final exam and pattern it after the CS352 example exam found in the password-protected ICS PirateNet faculty area, https://piratenet.park.edu/ics/Offices/ICS/Faculty.jnz. To avoid collaboration between students in different sections, teachers should not use the example exam's questions verbatim. But teachers are required to cover its same content, and they are strongly encouraged to follow its format closely.

In the final exam, there are two broad categories of questions that we evaluate separately – concepts and problem solving:

Concepts (terminology and concepts that should be memorized): relevant learning outcomes – 1, 3, 5

Multiple-choice and true/false questions that ask the student about CS 352 concepts.

Short answer questions that ask the student to explain various concepts and trace and debug code fragments and/or programs.

For example questions, see the CS352 example exam, questions 1-22.

Problem solving (technical skills, critical thinking, and communication):

relevant learning outcomes –  2, 4, 6, 7

Given a problem description, produce a solution in the form of a short program or a method(s).

For example questions, see the CS352 example exam, questions 23-24.

Recommended guideline for evaluating the core assessment final exam:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

Concepts

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

no exam graded

Problem solving

≥ 75%

50% to 74%

< 50%

no exam graded

Comprehensive Exam

All Park degree programs are required to have an assessment tool that measures the success of the degree program as a whole. The Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree program uses a comprehensive exam embedded in senior-level courses. CS352 is one of those courses, and, as such, all CS352 students are required to take the ICS comprehensive exam. To ensure student motivation, teachers are required to weight the comprehensive exam by at least 3% of the course’s total grade. The recommended weight is 5%.

Class Assessment:
Your grade will be calculated according to the following percentages

two midterm exams 40%
comprehensive exam
 4%
final exam
20%
projects + quizzes associated with the projects 
36%

 
Programming projects may be done alone or in pairs. Each group will receive the same score for the code. All exams and project quizzes will be taken individually.

 

Grading:

90 - 100 A
80 - 89.99 B
70 - 79.99 C
60 - 69.99 D
 less than 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally, late assignments receive a 0. It is to your advantage to complete assignments on time, so that you get timely feedback and keep up with the course material. However, knowing that situations arise, such as lost flash drives, power outages, dead batteries, etc., you will have two (2) late grace periods of 48 hours, no questions asked. You must indicate on your project submission that you are using one of these freebies. You may only use one freebie per assignment. In addition, if there is a true emergency, such as serious illness, contact me as soon as possible, with documentation, and we'll find a reasonable solution.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Exams:

No calculator, cell phone, or any electronic device is allowed in any test.

Exams are scheduled for: Monday September 20 and Monday, November 1. The comprehensive exam will probably take place during the last week of class. You will need to schedule a time with the testing center, which you should do sooner rather than later, since those slots fill up at that time of year.The final exam is Wednesday, December 8, 1-3pm.

Please plan your schedules so that you are around for these exams. You will be allowed to take a make-up test only if you give me a note that is signed by a doctor, sports coach, or funeral director, and the signer's phone number is on the note. Make-up tests will tend to be harder than the original tests. All make-up tests must be taken within one week of the original test's date.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
You may use whatever resources you like to complete your programming assignments, however you should acknowledge the sources of any help you get (copying a program from a web site, having your little sister debug your program, etc.). However, copying work from another group in the course is a definite no-no.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:8/6/2010 10:42:18 AM