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CS 310 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
Course Syllabus
Fall 2010

Instructor: Dr. Wei Ding
Office: S-3-167, Science Building , 3rd floor
Class Schedule:MW 5:30 - 6:45 PM,  McCormack M01-0210, McCormack building, 1st floor
Pre-requisites: CS210 and CS240 and Math140
or permission of the instructor.
Office Hours: Monday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
TA: Mr. Binh Tran
Information: E-mail:
Office Hours: NIS Lab S-3-124B
Monday 3.00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 3.00 PM - 4:00 PM
or by appointment


Data Structures & Problem Solving Using Java Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java
by Mark Allen Weiss
Addison Wesley (4th edition)
ISBN: 0321541405 985 pages
Published: 2010

Course Supplementary Material:
Online material repository to accompany the textbook.


  1. To gain familiarity with the methods of structuring and manipulating data in computing
  2. To learn how to use application programming interfaces (APIs), data abstraction, and the encapsulation of implementations
  3. Become familiar with the Java Collection Classes
  4. To develop skills of design and analysis of algorithms in program development and organization


Lecture and interactive problem solving.


Participation: 5% of the total
Programming Assignments: 65% of the total
Examination (1 exam): 30% of the total


91+ = A; 89+ = A-;
87+ = B+; 83+ = B; 80+ = B-;
77+ = C+; 73+ = C; 70+ = C-;
67+ = D+; 63+ = D; 60+ = D-;
0+ = F;


We will read from the recommended text book, various sources on the web, and slides that will be made available on the web site. The schedule for the readings are given on the schedule web page.


  1. Homework:
  2. Providing answers for any examination when not specifically authorized by the instructor to do so, or, informing any person or persons of the contents of any examination prior to the time the examination is given is considered cheating.
  3. Penalty for cheating will be extremely severe. Use your best judgment. If you are not sure about certain activities, consult the instructor. Standard academic honesty procedure will be followed for cheating and active cheating automatically results F in the final grade. Please check University Policy on Academic Standards and Cheating for additional information.
  4. You are expected to come fully prepared to every class.
  5. No incomplete grade under nearly all situations.
  6. There is no formal attendance policy. However, you are responsible for everything discussed in class. You may receive a zero for lack of participation.
  7. Pay very careful attention to your email correspondence. It reflects on your communication skills. Avoid using non-standard English such as "how r u?" in your email message. In addition, I recommend you put the class number 310 and a brief summary of your question in your email subject. For example,

    Subject: CS310 A question on objects.

  8. I immediately discard anonymous emails.
  9. The ringing, beeping, buzzing of cell phones, watches, and/or pagers during class time is extremely rude and disruptive to your fellow students and to the class flow. Please turn off all cell phones, watches, and pagers prior to the start of class.

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