COMP 3051: Algorithm Design & Analysis

This is a three-credit course where students learn algorithm definition; tools and methods for algorithm analysis and design; mathematical notations; choice of data structure, space and time efficiency, computational complexity, and algorithms for searching and sorting.


  • Apply the mathematical notations used in the field of design & analysis of algorithms.
  • Apply the design & analysis of algorithms with illustrations from different problem areas.
  • Use the methods for analyzing and designing algorithms in the field of Computing Science.
  • Use graph algorithms.
  • Search and sort advanced data structures.

Course outline

  • Review of Algorithm Analysis Chapter 1
  • Basic Data Structures Chapter 2
  • Search Trees and Skip Lists Chapter 3
  • Sorting, Sets, and Selection Chapter 4
  • Fundamental Techniques Chapter 5
  • Graphs Chapter 6
  • Weighted Graphs Chapter 7
  • Network Flow Chapter 8
  • Text Processing Chapter 9

Required text and materials

M.T. Goodrich & R. Tamassia. Algorithm Design: Foundations, Analysis, and Internet Examples . (2). John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-471-38365- 9 / 0-471-38365-1

Note: The final exam is an open book exam. However, no digital or electronic resources will be permitted.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the Final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Final Exam * 50%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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