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CS 2420 - Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures

Syllabus for Fall 2022

Class Times: Section 1(40303): MWF from 9:00 to 9:50 in Smith 117. Final is Monday December 12 at 9:00.
Section 2(41237): MWF from 11:00 to 11:50 in Smith 117. Final is Monday December 12 at 11:00.

Instructor: Barton T. Stander, Professor of Computer Science
PHONE: 435.652.7973
OFFICE: North Burns 242.
Fall, 2022 Office Hours:

House Rules: DO NOT's: Don't do anything that would diminish the learning environment of another student. Don't play computer games. Don't browse the internet. Don't talk on your cell phone. Don't talk loudly or much at all while I'm lecturing.
DO's: Be Polite and courteous. Help the student next to you (quietly). Take a nap, if you need one. Read a book, if you are bored. Ask questions, if you are lost. Correct me, if I make mistakes.

Lab hours: Click here

TA hours: Click here

Course fee: $20, used to assist in maintaining CIT infrastructure.

Course Description: Course for students in Computer Science and Computing and Design programs, or having interest in computer programming. This course will instruct students in the design and use of common data structures, lists, stacks, queues, trees, tables, hash tables, and graphs. Students will be required to complete several challenging programming projects.

Prerequisites:  CS 1410

Objectives: At the successful conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

Resources: There is no required text for this course. Class examples and homework use the free Python 3.x interpreter.

Attendance:  Students are responsible for material covered and announcements made in class.  School related absences may be made up only if prior arrangements are made. The class schedule presented is approximate.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule according to class needs.  Changes will be announced in class.

Labs: You may use the computers in the Smith building lobby. There will also be Labbies that may be helpful, especially in the beginning CIT courses.

Tests: There will be one or two midterms and a comprehensive final.

Homework:  Homework will be graded on accuracy of function. Homework is due at 11:59p.m. on the date listed in the schedule, or as stated by the instructor during class. I cannot over emphasize the importance of starting early and getting all your assignments done before their due date. Programs that do not run correctly will receive no credit.

Ways to Turn In Homework:

Late Policy: Assignments are due at 11:59 p.m. on the date specified in the schedule, or due as announced in class. I will allow a generous one week grace period to find me or a TA to pass off, but do not abuse this week. The assignment should be done when it is due. After the grace week, assignments cannot receive any credit.

Time Commitment:  Courses at Dixie State University should require about 45 hours of work per credit hour of class.  Thus, a three credit class is designed to require about 135 hours of work on the part of the student.  If you don’t have the time to spend on this course, you should probably rethink your schedule.

Cheating:  Cheating will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade for the students involved.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, turning in homework assignments that are not the student’s work.

You are encouraged to work in groups while studying for tests, discussing class lectures, discussing algorithms for homework solutions, and helping each other identify errors in your homework solutions.

However, each student must create and type in their own solution.  Any kind of copying and pasting is NOT okay.  If you need help understanding concepts, get it from the instructor or fellow classmates.  But never copy another’s code, either electronically or visually. Likewise, using code from the internet is considered cheating.

Grading: Programming assignments and tests each contribute to your Total Percent. Note that your Total Percent is the PRODUCT of your Assignment Percent and your Test Percent. For example, if your Assignment Percent is 90 and your Test Percent is 80, your Total Percent is 72, not the average of the two which would be 85. What this means is that not turning in all of your homework can really hurt your final grade.

Your final grade is based on your Total Percent, as follows:











































< 60


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