COP 4530 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Generic Programming
Summer Semester 2018
SPECIAL SCHEDULING NOTE:
This is an online-only class (distance learning).
Regular participation via the
course interface is required. Official course announcements, lecture
materials, assignments, and help archives will all be on-line at this site. Note
that all registered students should have the course web site listed on their
Canvas home page. Be sure to test this and resolve any difficulties during
the first week of classes.
All exams must be proctored and taken
during the exam window. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for
proctored exams in compliance with the FSU standards.
(See COURSE POLICIES for details.)
All exams must be taken by
appointment at your pre-approved proctored testing site during the online exam
window. (See Exam Schedule below.)
There will be an option for taking exams via a remote proctoring service
(Examity). Students with no prior "suspicious behavior" flags will be
allowed to use this service. Any student for whom a "suspicious behavior" flag
is raised by Examity proctors will not be allowed to use the service for any
future exams and must use a traditional testing center proctoring service.
Note that students may be required to identify themselves with official FSU
ID to sit an exam.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES (summary)
The following is a summary of the most often misunderstood student
- Read all new posts in the canvas site on a daily basis. Any post that you
do not understand, follow up with questions. Any questions from other students
whose answers you do understand,
please post your answer or commentary.
- Keep up with the course reading assignments on a weekly basis.
- Start projects no later than the day they are aligned in the course
calendar. Pay attention to deadlines and grace periods.
- Get help on assignments only in ways that are visible to the instructors and other
students in the class - no off-site help is allowed.
- Register your exam proctor during the first 2 weeks of class.
Instructor: Chris Lacher|
Responsibilities: Online Interaction, Exam & Assignment Creation
& Assessment; Materials Preparation; Overall Course Supervision
A2110 Academic Center / Panama City Campus
|Office Phone (during PC office hours):
850-770-2256 (local direct line)|
|Mobile Phone & Voice Mail (24/7): ||850-510-5575 |
|Mail & Delivery:||
Florida State University|
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405-1099
|Tony Harris, Co-Instructor, Online Mentor and Assignment
Responsibilities: Online Interaction, Assignment Help & Assessment
The courses COP 3330 and MAD 2104 are required prerequisites for
COP 4530. In addition, CDA 3100 is required as either a pre- or
co-requisite. These pre- and co- requisites will be enforced. Students not
meeting the pre/co-requisite requirements may be dropped from the class.
Data structures and algorithms form the foundation of both the theory and practice
of all computing disciplines. Mastery of this course marks the transition from
computer programming to computer science.
This IS NOT a course in object-oriented programming.
This IS a course about efficiency of programs and programming, in
various meanings of efficient. It is efficient to re-use code instead
of re-writing code (or, worse, re-inventing code). It is efficient to select
only the linguistic features you need without having to use costly extra
features you do not need. It is efficient to minimize the run time of
code, especially code that is destined for re-use. It is also efficient to
minimize the memory and storage needs of code, recognizing that there may be
a tradeoff between speed and memory requirements. It is efficient to spend
less time writing a program of equal quality, and even more efficient to
spend the same time writing a program of higher quality. In many
applications, correctness is the ultimate form of efficiency, while in
others efficiency means getting the best result possible in the limited time
(or space) available.
Efficiency can happen at different levels. Take code: source code can be
small in size, easy to read, and easy to understand. Executable code can be
fast or compact (or both). The code production process can be efficient by
applying good software engineering methodology. Code can run efficiently, in
either a temporal or spatial sense. Savings in human effort also represent
efficiency. Effort can be saved by good design, by careful (error-free)
programming, and by re-using both code itself and patterns of problem
solving that are known to be successful.
All these ideas of efficiency are central to this course. It is also true
that all of these ideas of efficiency are fundamental to the design and
specification of the C++ language, which is one of many reasons C++ is a great
choice for the core language in our curriculum and for this course.
The three topics mentioned in the title of the course are
data structures, algorithms, and generic programming. Data
structures will be discussed in abstract terms (as abstract data types,
or ADTs) but they will also be looked at in very concrete ways, actually
implemented using C++. Algorithms are just formalizations of processes
that result in predictable and desirable outcomes. Algorithms are used in a
variety of contexts. Particularly, data structures are made usable by
implementing algorithms for searching, sorting, and indexing the
structures. Generic programming is the science of component re-use. We
will explore coding for re-use of both data structures and algorithms in
C++. Coding for re-use and re-use of code are important aspects of
We will also have several substantial programming projects that involve
the implementation and use of data structures, algorithms, and generic
At the end of this course, the student should have mastered the following
- Define the following concepts:
Positional ADTs: vector, list, deque, stack, queue, graph
Associative ADTs: set, table, associative array, priority queue
- Define the iterators associated with these ADTs
- Choose and use among these ADTs to solve various programming problems
- Implement a representative selection of these abstractions, including their
associated iterator classes and including performance constraints (in terms of
runtime complexity) on the operations.
- Implementations should include the following:
Note that this implies the detailed understanding of trees of several types as
implementation structures and the use of template classes as well as the
elementary study of algorithms and their complexity.
- priority queue
- ordered set
- graph (directed and undirected)
- Be able to prove correctness of various algorithms.
- Be able to give an informal complexity analysis of various algorithms.
- The various algorithms should include:
- Implementations of all operations of the ADTs mentioned above
- Sequential Search
- Binary Search
- Push and Pop Heap
- Heap Sort
- Breadth and Depth First Search
- Define and use generic containers as
class templates with typename template parameters
- Show how each ADT above can be realized as generic container
- Define and use generic algorithms as
function templates with iterator template parameters
- Show how various algorithms can be realized as generic algorithms
- Define and use predicate classes and objects
- Define and use function classes and objects
The following materials are required:
- Lecture Notes (Slides and Narrative) available through Canvas
and also directly at this link:
- Code Distribution Library: progressively released at
[LIB] = /home/courses/cop4530p/LIB/
(see Chapter 0 of Lecture Notes for details)
- Assignment Documents: progressively released through the
- Course Text: Weiss, Mark. Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis in
C++ (4th ed), Addison Wesley, 2014. ISBN: 0-13-284737-X
- Alternate (or supplemental): Sedgwick, Robert. Algorithms (parts
1-5) (3rd edition, C++). Addison-Wesley, 1998 (11th printing, June, 2011.)
- Alternate (or supplemental): Sedgwick, Robert and Wayne, Kevin.
Algorithms (4th edition, Java). Addison-Wesley, 2011.
The following optional reference books are sanctioned for this course.
- Stroustrup, Bjarne. The C++ Programming Language (4th
edition). Addison-Wesley, 2013.
Highly recommended C++
reference, written by the language inventor.
- Deitel, H.M. and Deitel, P.J. (2003 - 2015). C++: How to Program (various
editions). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
The "late objects" edition is the official text for COP 3330. Use it if you have it. Beware of errors.
- Cormen, T.H., Leiserson, C.E, Rivest, R.L., and Stein, Clifford (2009). Introduction to
Algorithms (3rd edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.
The text for COP 4531 - no harm in getting it early.
- Oram, A. and Talbott, S. (1991). Managing Projects with
make. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates.
Make is a necessary tool for modern project
management. There are also good on-line references.
- Cameron, D., Rosenblatt, B., and Raymond, E. (1996). Learning GNU Emacs,
2nd Edition. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates.
Emacs is a text-based IDE for programming for a
non-MSWindows environment. It will be necessary for this course as well as other
future courses where you may be asked to write in Lisp, Prolog, C, or SPARC Assembly.
The following are useful on-line references:
The overall grade for COP 4530 is determined by a weighted average as shown in
Table 2 below. There will be two exams - one in-term and one final -
counting 25% and 30%, respectively, of the
course grade. Assignments count the other 45%
The dates for the exams are shown in
Table 1 below. Due dates for assignment deliverables will be available on the
|Table 1: Exam Schedule|
||On-Line Window (Dates Inclusive)
||Sat Jun 23 - Fri Jun 29
||Sat Jul 28 - Fri Aug 3
| Table 2: Course Points |
| Item || Points/Item
|| No of Items || Points [Percent] |
| Projects 1-7 || 50 || 7 || 350 |
| Project 8 || 100 || 1 || 100 |
| Midterm Exam || 250 || 1 || 250 |
| Final || 300 || 1 || 300 |
|Total Points [Percent]: || 1000 ||
| Table 3: Letter Grades |
| Percent || Grade |
| 93 - 100 || A |
| 90 - 92 || A- |
| 88 - 89 || B+ |
| 83 - 87 || B |
| 80 - 82 || B- |
| 78 - 79 || C+ |
| 73 - 77 || C |
| 70 - 72 || C- |
| 68 - 69 || D+ |
| 63 - 67 || D |
| 60 - 62 || D- |
| 0 - 59 || F ||
- The exam windows run for 7 days, which includes a weekend. These windows cannot be widened or
otherwise changed. It is very important to check with your testing center to
verify that the exam can be taken in the window. Changing testing centers may be
necessary, but requires planning in advance.
- FSU Testing requires that you register your test site within the first two
weeks of classes. Be sure to take care of that promptly.
- Deadlines for deliverables are firm. Please note the deadlines listed in the
See Assessment of Programming
Assignments for policies on assessment, deadlines, grace periods,
and late submissions.
ABET/SACS Program Outcomes Assessment
Department and University policy asserts that COP 4530 is to be used to assess
some of the required ABET and SACS outcomes for the degree program. The outcomes assessed
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to
the discipline [recursion, data structures]
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system,
process, component, or program to meet desired needs
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for
These will be assessed using the following rubric
applied to the capstone Project 8.
| Rubric || I || E || H
I = ineffective
E = effective
H = highly effective
| Grade 90% or higher ||- ||- ||x |
| Grade 70% or higher but less than 90% ||- ||x ||- |
| Grade below 70% ||x ||- ||- |
In order to earn a course grade of C- or better, the assessment must result in
Effective or Highly Effective.
In addition, SACS requires a passing average on proctored exams
and the department requires a passing average on programming assignments
to pass any class.
The practical effects are
summarized as follows:
In order to make a grade of C- or better in the course the
following are required:
- A passing average [70% or higher] on exams
- A passing average [70% or higher] on programming assignments
- An ABET score of E or H
Finally we have the following constraint to earn the highest grade:
- Credit for a working version of every assignment is necessary
in order to be eligible for the grade of A or A- in the class.
First Day Attendance Policy: Official university policy is
that any student not attending the first class meeting will be automatically
dropped from the class. For ALL STUDENTS: This policy is implemented using the
FDA Quiz in Blackboard. Answering in the affirmative by the posted deadline
is interpreted as first
Regular Attendance Policy: The university requires
attendance in all classes. Attendance in distance classes shall mean regular
access to the course web site via campus.fsu.edu and regular participation in the class
discussion forums. Here, "regular" shall mean a substantial amount of time on a
weekly basis. Note that individual access statistics are maintained by
Proctored Exam Policy: All exams must be proctored and taken at
an approved testing site during the exam window.
It is the student's responsibility to arrange for proctored exams in
compliance with the FSU standards. Go to the FSU ODL
Student Testing Responsibilities for complete information
on setting up a proctored exam site. Please note also that students taking exams
on main campus in Tallahassee are now required to sign up for a time slot at the
Exam Makeup Policy:
An exam missed without an acceptable excuse will be recorded as a grade of zero
(0). The following are the only acceptable excuses:
- If submitted prior to the day of the scheduled exam:
- A written and signed explanation as to why the exam will missed. Illness or required
professional travel are acceptable, while discretionary or personal travel
are not. In any case the explanation should be accompanied by corroborating
documentation, including names and contact information, and the explanation must
be accepted by the instructor prior to missing the exam.
- Evidence from a university official that you will miss the exam due to
university sanctioned travel or extracurricular activity.
- If submitted on or after the day of the scheduled exam:
- A note from a physician, university dean, spouse, parent, or yourself indicating an illness
or other extraordinary circumstance that prevented you from taking the exam and
could not be planned for in advance. Again, corroborating information should be
All excuses must be submitted in writing, must be signed by the excusing
authority, and must include complete contact information for the authority,
including telephone numbers and address.
Missed exams with acceptable excuse will be made up or assigned the average
grade of all other exams, at the option of the course instructor.
Missed, and acceptably excused, final exams will result in the course grade of
'I' and must be made up in the first two weeks of the following semester.
Grade of 'I' Policy:
The grade of 'I' will be assigned only under the following exceptional circumstances:
- The final exam is missed with an accepted excuse for the absence. In this
case, the final exam must be made up during the first two weeks of the following
- Due to an extended illness or other extraordinary
circumstance, with appropriate documentation, the student is unable to
participate in class for an extended period. In this case, arrangements must be
made to make up the missed portion of the course prior to the end of the next semester.
Completion of Work Policy:
To be eligible for the grade of A or A-, working versions of all programming
assignments must be submitted.
UNIVERSITY ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other
documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy
days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated
in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid
excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children
experience serious illness.
ACADEMIC HONOR POLICY:
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's
expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for
resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and
responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the
process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and
for living up to their pledge to "...be honest and truthful and...[to] strive
for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University."
(Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at
All students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Policy.
Please note the following items are defined and made violations by the policy:
- Unauthorized Group Work
- Fabrication, Falsification, and Misrepresentation
- Multiple Submission
- Abuse of Academic Materials
- Complicity in Academic Dishonesty
- Attempted ...
Violations of the academic honor policy may result in failing grades and/or
dismissal from the university. All students are expected to read and understand
Checking for Plagiarism: FSU subscribes several databases of papers and
computer source code that have been previously published or turned in for credit
in university courses worldwide. Student work may be checked in one or more of
these databases for originality. Note that turning in work that contains uncited
quoted material from any source is considered plagiarism and a violation of the
FSU honor code.
(This syllabus and other class materials are available in
alternative format upon request.)
Student Help Policy:
Students in this class are encouraged to help each other within the official
course Blackboard site. Instruction staff will also help there and be able to
monitor student interaction to assure correctness and guide the nature of the
help when appropriate.
It is a violation of the course code of ethics for students to receive help in a
medium outside the visibility of the course, such as in a third party
discussion board, chat room, or via email. The only help that is condoned is
that obtained from any instructor or from discussions on the Blackboard course
site. If help outside the course environment is discovered, both the giver and
receiver of help will be given a failing grade.
Code Distribution Policy:
Department policy is that students and former students are not permitted to
freely distribute or make available to the public any code that has been used
part of a course assignment. Former students who have either graduated or are
cleared for graduation may put code in a portfolio that is password protected
and may divulge the password to appropriate individuals for the purpose of
applications for employment and other professional evaluations.
Transgression of this policy will be considered honor code violations.
A list of known violations will be maintained by the department.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT:
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation
should (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability
Resource Center and (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need
for accommodation and what type. Please note that instructors are not allowed
to provide classroom accommodation to a student until appropriate verification
from the Student Disability Resource Center has been provided. This syllabus
and other class materials are available in alternative format upon
request. For more information about services available to FSU students with
disabilities, contact the:
Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION:
Information regarding the status of FSU in an emergency situation may be
obtained from the following sources:
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Hotline number 850-770-2000
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- For state-wide and national information, go to the Florida Division of
Emergency Management information pages at http://www.floridadisaster.org/
Any specific information related to this class will be posted on the course web site
or sent via email to your fsu email address.
SYLLABUS CHANGE POLICY:
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation
(grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to
change with advance notice.
Such notice will be in the form of a posting to the course web site on campus.fsu.edu.