School of Computer Science

Module 35308 (2022)

Module description - Algorithms and Complexity

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Module Title Algorithms and Complexity
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-35308
Level 3/H
Member of Staff Rajesh Chitnis Anupam Das
Semester Semester 2 - 20 credits
  • 06-30175 - Data Structures & Algorithms
  • 06-35324 - Mathematical and Logical Foundations of Computer Science

Algorithms are at the heart of computer science. In this module we will develop a range of core algorithmic ideas such as dynamic programming, greedy methods, divide-and-conquer techniques, and network flows. We will then learn how to use these to design efficient algorithms for a range of problems, motivated by a range of applications. We will then consider core concepts from computational complexity theory such as NP-completeness, and their implications for algorithm design. Finally, we will consider some advanced modern topics such as approximate and randomized algorithms, parameterized algorithms and complexity, and algorithms for streams of data.


On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand, explain, and apply core techniques for constructing algorithms
  • Design novel algorithms to solve specific problems
  • Understand and apply core concepts from computational complexity theory
  • Appreciate and explain modern topics in algorithmic theory
  • Main Assessments: 1.5 hour examination (50%) and continuous assessment (50%)
  • Supplementary Assessments: 1.5 hour examination (100%)