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Michael D Stiber
CSS 342
Bothell Campus

Data Structures, Algorithms, and Discrete Mathematics I

Integrating mathematical principles with detailed instruction in computer programming. Explores mathematical reasoning and discrete structures through object-oriented programming. Includes algorithm analysis, basic abstract data types, and data structures. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in CSS 162; B CUSP 124; may not be repeated.

Class description

Along with CSS 343, this fast-paced course is intended to get you up to speed so you can take Junior and Senior level CSS courses. It does this by integrating the fundamental mathematics of computing with detailed instruction in program design. By the end of this quarter, you will be familiar with much of the C++ language and the basics of object-oriented programming. You will understand how to analyze a problem and design a solution. You will know many basic data structures, algorithms, and the tradeoffs among memory, running time, and implementation time associated with them. Topics include: recursion, computational complexity and algorithm analysis, logic, mathematical proofs and induction, lists, stacks, queues, sorting and searching, data abstraction, and object-oriented methods.

Student learning goals

Be familiar with object-oriented programming in the C++ language.

Understand pointers and memory management, including errors that can result from them.

Be able to analyze more complex problems and design solutions that involve multiple, cooperating classes.

Know algorithm analysis (both time and space complexity).

Be able to implement and analyze a full range of basic and more complex data structures and algorithms.

General method of instruction

Lectures and in-class activities, both individual and group. Substantial programming assignments, gradually building in scope as the quarter progresses. On-line activities, including required discussion participation.

Recommended preparation

Successful completion of CSS 161 and CSS 162 or equivalent. Enthusiasm for learning new things and being challenged, creating a supportive environment for classmates a plus.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Michael D Stiber
Date: 08/18/2011