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    COT 5410 Advanced Algorithms
    Fall Semester 2004


Lecture   TEC 128   Aug 25 - Dec 8 (excluding Nov 24)   Wed   5:00pm - 7:30pm (Central Time)


Chris Lacher
Office: 112 Faculty Annex B / Panama City Campus 
Office Phone (during office hours): 850-522-5502 or 850-644-2090 ext 251 
Mobile Phone/Voice Mail (24/7): 850-510-5575 
Email:  lacher@cs.fsu.edu
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4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405-1099
Lacher Weekly Schedule Effective Aug 23 - Dec 10, 2004 (excluding Nov 11 and Nov 24-26)



The course COP 4530 is the explicit prerequisite for COT 5410. Of course this means that the entire prerequisite tree rooted at COP 4530 is required. These prerequisites are mandatory.


Algorithms lie in the intersection of computer theory, computer systems, computer software, and computer applications and thus arguably constitute the core of computing. A familiarty with known algorithms, an ability to derive and prove correctness of new algorithms and to evaluate their computational costs, and knowledge of how and when to use various algorithms is an essential part of the repertoire of researchers, developers, and other computer professionals.


The course will address the following topics:


At the end of this course, the student should have the following skills and capabilities.


Class Participation: (10%) Students are expected to prepare for class by keeping up with assigned reading, exercises, and review questions. These will be discussed in class.

Assignments: (30%) Assignments consist of approximately three (3) exercises/problem sets that will be assigned in parallel with the course coverage.

Presentation: (10%) Each student will be assigned a presentation topic and deliver a presentation on that topic in class.

Exams: (50%) There will be two exams, a midterm exam (20%) and a final exam (30%).

Course Calendar. Weekly objectives, reading, exercises, review questions, assignments, and exam coverage will be released through the Course Calendar.


The overall grade for COT 5410 is the weighted average of five (5) parts: Midterm Exam (20%), Final Exam (30%), Assignments (30%), Presentation (10%), and Class Participation (10%).

The following Table 2 summarizes the grade components and their weighting. The final course grade will be determined using Table 3.

Table 1: Exam Calendar
Exam Date    
Midterm Exam     Wed Oct 13
Final Exam Wed Dec 8
 Table 2: Course Points 
 Item   No of Items    Total 
 Participation   1   100 
 Assignments   3   3x100 = 300 
 Presentation   1   100 
 Midterm Exam   1   200 
 Final Exam   1   300 
Total Points:    1000 
 Table 3: Letter Grades  
 Points   Grade 
 925 - 1000   A 
 900 - 924   A- 
 875 - 899   B+ 
 825 - 874   B 
 800 - 824   B- 
 775 - 799   C+ 
 725 - 774   C 
 700 - 724   C- 
 675 - 699   D+ 
 625 - 674   D 
 600 - 624   D- 
 0 - 599   F 
Note that grades below B- will not satisfy requirements for a graduate degree.


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 distance students, this policy is interpreted as posting to the discussion forum "First Day Attendance" no later than the first day of the semester.

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 Blackboard.

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:

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:


All students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code published in The Florida State University Bulletin and the Student Handbook. The Academic Honor System of The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility (1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, (2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the university community, and (3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the university community.

web site for a complete explanation of the Academic Honor Code.

In particular, note that students may not give or receive help of any kind on programming projects. This means, among other things, that students are not permitted to read each others code (on paper OR on screen) or discuss design or implementation of programming projects with anyone other than the instructional personnel. Violations of this policy will result in the grade of zero for all parties involved.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the

Student Disability Resource Center
Dean of Students Department
08 Kellum Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4400
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

(This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.)


Information regarding the status of FSU in an emergency situation may be obtained from the following sources:

Any specific information related to this class will be posted on the course web site or sent via email to your fsu email address.


Information regarding the status of FSU in an emergency situation may be obtained from the following sources:

Any specific information related to this class will be posted on the course web site or sent via email to your fsu email address.


This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice. When such changes occur, a new syllabus will be announced and distributed.