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CS 352 Data Structures
Phillips, Benny


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Course

CS 352 Data Structures

Semester

S1T 2012 DL

Faculty

Benny Phillips, Ph.D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S, M.S., Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Online

E-Mail

benny.phillips@park.edu

Semester Dates

S1T 2012

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

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

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Ford, W., Data Structures with C++ using STL, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN 0-13-085850-1

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Optional acquisition:

A Microsoft Visual C++ .NET compiler for home use. See the ICS web site for a link to the MSDN Academic Alliance site.

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Course Description:
CS352 Data Structures: 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. Prerequisites: CS208 and a grade of "C" or better in CS225. 3:0:3

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 my.park ICS faculty area, https://my.park.edu/ICS/Offices/Information_and_Computer_Science/.  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, teachers should refer to 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, teachers should refer to 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:

Examinations, quizzes, programs, and participation.

Grading:

Assignment Possible Points Total Points Total %
7 Discussion Threads
(Weeks 1-7) *
20 each 140 pts 14%
7 Weekly Quizzes
(Weeks 1-7)
40 each 280 pts 25.46%
5 Homework/Lab Activity
(Weeks 1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7)
76 each 380 pts 35.50%
Core Exams (Week 8) 6 exams vary 41 pts 4.41%
Area Exams (Week 8) 13 pts 13 pts 0.63%
Final Exam (Week 8) 45 each 45 pts 20%
TOTAL 899 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work is due on the date specified. Late work will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Participation is expected. Weekly discussion question will be required and I request you treat all other class members as you would like to be treated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

See the weekly conference threads for assignments and due dates.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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:12/19/2011 9:36:23 PM