Java Data Structures
I. Course Prefix/Number: CSC 241
Course Name: Java Data Structures
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
A second course in computer programming that provides a survey of data structures. Content covers: utilization of object-oriented programming design techniques to implement large-scale problems; lists, trees, tables, queues, stacks, graphs and other classes using the Java language; elementary methods of program verification and complexity analysis applied to algorithms that manipulate dynamic and static data structures; sorting and searching algorithms; abstract data types; recursion.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Use stream I/O: files and console for basic interaction within the program interface.
- Use object-oriented programming skills to design maintainable classes in separate class files and employ multiple file compilations.
- Design and develop simple class hierarchies with the use of templates and interfaces/abstract classes and apply the concepts of dynamic binding, polymorphism, inheritance, and method overloading.
- Write expressions that use reference and static variables as data members and method arguments, and class methods for object assignment and copy constructors.
- Explain the concepts of information hiding and separating implementation from the programming interface, including the difference between public and private data members and methods.
- Analyze various algorithms for correctness and optimize memory and time complexity in order to understand efficiency.
- Implement various sort and search algorithms throughout the various fundamental data structures studied.
- Apply recursive programming techniques when appropriate and contrast the iterative versions.
- Use dynamic and static memory to write data structures such as link lists, stacks, queues, binary trees, and tables.
- Write and use basic functionality of data structures such as insert, remove and iterative schemes.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
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VI. Sequence of Topics
- Program Development
- Complexity analysis of efficiency
- Big-O notation
- Design strategies
- Modularity & recursion
- Object-oriented class relationships
- inheritance and encapsulation
- Java packages
- dynamic binding
- Program verification
- Complexity analysis of efficiency
- Abstract data design
- stacks and queues
- binary search trees
- tree traversals
- priority queues/heaps
- hash tables
- hash maps
- selection and insertion sorts
- merge, heap, and quick sorts
- binary and sequential searches
- hash functions
- breadth and depth first searches
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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