FIT3155 - Advanced data structures and algorithms - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Not offered in 2017


This advanced unit builds on the concepts learnt in introductory algorithms and data structures study. It covers the latest algorithmic paradigms and problem-solving techniques required to address real-world programming challenges. It explores, in depth, the design and analysis of space-efficient/compact data structures and effective problem solving strategies to be used with them. Topics include advanced sorting and searching algorithms, succinct/compact trees, string and graph data structures, advanced hashing and table lookup methods


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse efficient data structures and effective algorithmic paradigms;
  2. design and implement efficient algorithms and data structures for use on large data sets;
  3. apply advanced algorithms and data structures to tackle complex computational problems;
  4. prove the correctness of programs and reason about their space and time complexities.


Examination (3 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures weekly
    • Two hours laboratories weekly
    • One hour tutorial fortnightly
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Advanced computer science

Computational science