CPS 616: Analysis of
Course Management Form, Winter 2014
||mes (at) scs (dot) ryerson (dot) ca
(write cps616 in Subject of your email)
||Tuesday 15:10 - 16:00 and
Thursday 15:10 - 16:30
a2masoum (at) scs. ryerson.ca
Arman Masoumi (marks quizzes, 2nd, 3rd assignments)
d4roy (at) scs. ryerson.ca
Debashish Roy (supervises/marks labs, the 1st assignment)
- The Course's Academic Focus and Scope:
This course covers the basics of design and analysis of algorithms.
Several commonly used algorithms and fundamental techniques are studied in depth
including greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer technique and dynamic
programming algorithms. The course includes formal techniques for analysis of
the running time of algorithms. The emphasis is made on designing algorithms
appropriate for solving application problems
and on analysis of algorithms: correctness and complexity of algorithms.
Prerequisites: CPS305 and MTH210.
to learn some of the fundamental ideas in algorithm analysis and design,
to know and understand the basic mathematical properties of algorithms,
to be able to apply standard formal techniques to algorithms and data structures,
to learn the basic techniques of proving correctness of algorithms,
to implement algorithms,
to evaluate available algorithms and data structures, and select
those that are fit for purpose within a given application domain,
to develop basic skills of designing algorithms based on fundamental
techniques covered in class.
Lectures and labs.
Required Text Book:
by Jon Kleinberg and Iva Tardos,
ISBN: 0-321-29535-8, (C) 2006, 864 pp, publisher:
Addison-Wesley/Pearson Education (online purchase price $63).
The Chapters 1-6 of this textbook cover the material related to CPS616.
The remaining Chapters 7-13 include more advanced material.
Click to read a detailed
table of contents.
Topics (tentative list):
Introduction to algorithm analysis, order notations, heaps and priority
queues, the greedy method, interval scheduling, correctness of greedy
algorithms, an exchange argument (these topics will take about 3 weeks),
divide and conquer techniques, recurrence equations,
the master method, integer multiplications
(these topics will take next 3 weeks),
dynamic programming, matrix chain-product, the knapsack problem,
the longest common subsequence problem
(these material will take about 2.5 weeks after the winter break),
representations of graph and graph algorithms: minimum spanning trees,
single-source shortest paths, all-pairs shortest paths
(these topics will take approximately 2-3 weeks),
text processing and pattern matching techniques
with applications to DNA analysis and processing
of documents on Internet, the Huffman coding algorithm,
A moderate amount of programming may be required
as part of the course.
Lectures may contain coarse notations, mathematical language,
discussion of mature Computer Science themes and explicit proofs.
Student's discretion is strongly advised.
The students are strongly encouraged to take notes in class,
and study their notes after each class. Learning can be a gradual process
that requires time and efforts. The students benefit from attending lectures
and labs since some important details will be discussed only there.
For this reason, attending lectures and tutorials/labs is mandatory.
The quizzes, midterm test, and the
final exam may include problem solving, short essay questions, yes/no questions,
as well as writing algorithms in pseudo-code.
The duration of these examinations will be 15-45 min, 1h40min,
and 2h30min, respectively. There will be
no supplemental examination.
The final exam will concentrate on topics covered after the midterm test.
- Brief quizzes may be given without notice.
A mark for a quiz will be given to a student only if
(1) s/he attends the entire class for which the participation occurs, and
(2) the instructor observed the student actively participating, and
(3) the student signs the quiz (including a student number);
(4) quizzes must be submitted at the end of class; late quizzes
will not be accepted; (5) there will be no supplemental quizzes.
A student who missed a quiz is encouraged to solve the quiz independently
and discuss it with the peers. The marks for quizzes will be given for effort,
but also for solution correctness.
Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge.
If you miss a midterm test, a final exam or a deadline for an assignment
for medical reasons, you have to provide an
Academic Consideration form
to the department of Computer Science within 3 working days.
You have to bring your documents yourself to the CS office.
Similarly, all documentation related to special accomodation or
academic consideration should be submitted to the CS program office within
the specified time limits.
Dates are subject to change, all changes will be announced in class
and on the course Web pages.
Assignments should be submitted on or
before the deadline specified in the assignment
(you are encouraged to submit assignments earlier).
Your assignment is considered late if any part of the assignment is late.
(even if it is just 1 minute late). Printed copies of the assignments should be
handed in before class starts.
The penalty for a late assignment is 10% off. No assignments will be accepted
if more than 24 hours late. Start solving your assignment on the same day
when it is posted. Do not procrastinate. No make-up assignments.
Late assignments: to hand in your printout, you can give it in person to
a secretary at the CS reception desk and ask her to put a stamp on your assignment
to confirm that you handed in your assignment in time. Send email to the TA
who is responsible for marking this assignment: inform that a hard copy of
your assignment is available from the front desk.
To submit your assignment remotely (not from the lab), you have to
establish a ssh connection from your home machine to
moon.scs.ryerson.ca : make sure that you have adequate software
installed on your home computer that will allow you to connect remotely
(if not, submit your assignments from labs). Once you have connected to moon,
run submit-cps616 [filename] command. All moons are Linux
machines; to work there you have to know basic Unix commands.
It is your responsibility to
make sure that your CS account is in good standing and that you know
both your login name and your password. Talk to one of the system
administrator if you have questions about your CS account.
From time to time, I will hand out exercises.
The students are expected to solve the exercises, but
they will not be graded. However, working on exercises
will improve your understanding of this course
(and will help you to get better marks on tests).
Up to 5% extra credit may be assigned for active class participation
throughout the term: a student attends most of the classes,
participates actively by asking/answering questions, solves
exercises in class.
Unexplained lack of attendance can negatively affect one's grade.
Tutorials/Labs are mandatory. Each student must attend only the section
where s/he is assigned. Lab Marks: are given for participation and
for submission of specific lab questions, as specified by T.A.
The lab mark will be given only if
- the student attends the entire lab, and
- the T.A. observed the student actively working on the lab
(and if finished, on other questions from course notes), and
- the T.A. has recorded the student's attendance, and
the student was present when attendance was
taken, which may be at any point during the lab.
- The lab mark
will be given for effort and for solution correctness.
- Late labs will not be accepted: solutions are due by the end
of each lab. Labs are posted in advance: make sure you know what
work is expected before you go to the lab.
- There will be no make-up labs. The student who missed a lab
should try to solve independently the exercises given during the lab
time and verify the solutions with the T.A., or with lab partners.
- Lab groups can be different from assignment groups (see policy
on collaboration below).
Handouts and assignments will be made available on the Web only.
More specifically, they will be linked from the cps616 online course
shell on Blackboard. Also, you are responsible for visiting
the course Web pages regularly and reading assignments and tests
related information that is provided or linked from these Web pages.
In particular, Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs) related to cps616
home work will be linked from this Web page. These FAQs are considered
to be an integral part of the assignment.
Before sending your questions by e-mail
to the instructor, check these Web pages whether similar questions
have been already answered.
- Email communication: please send me email from local Ryerson's
email addresses only: you can use either your departmental account
(preferred) or your university account to send email.
Email sent from Yahoo, Hotmail
and other external domains can be filtered out as spam and might not
each me. Students can usually expect a brief reply within 24 hours to
email messages sent Monday to Friday, but emails received on weekend
might not be answered until the following Monday. Students who
have questions that need a long time to answer are advised to ask
questions in person during the posted office hours.
Grades for tests and assignments will be
posted on Ryerson Blackboard
no later than two weeks after the due date (test date). Handouts and
some other course related documents will be posted on the
only. Graded assignments, tests and labs will be usually returned to students
within two weeks. Those students who missed a class when their graded work
was returned are welcome to pick it up from the instructor during the posted
Policy on collaboration in homework assignments and in labs
Limited collaboration in discussing general approaches to problems
is allowed (only with students in your team); no collaboration is allowed
between teams. You may discuss assignments only with other people
currently taking the course. However, you should never put your name
on anything you do not understand. If challenged,
you must be able to reproduce and explain all solutions by yourself,
or solve similar exercises. If you cannot explain a solution that
you handed in, or if you cannot solve an exercise similar to questions
in your home work, the grade for the home work can be decreased to 0.
In particular, you might be asked to solve exercises during the office
hours, or in class (as a quiz). Remember that if you work with partners,
you are still expected to know solutions of all exercises from the home
work. Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge.
The first page of your homework should include: the name of all
students with whom you discussed any homework problems (even briefly).
Otherwise, it is assumed that you didn't discuss with anyone except the
instructor. Copied work (both original and copies) will be graded as 0.
Involvement with plagiarism will be penalized in accordance with the departmental
policy and the Student Code of Academic Conduct.
Committing academic misconduct, such as plagiarism and cheating,
will trigger academic penalties including failing grades,
suspension and possibly expulsion from the University.
As a Ryerson student, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself
Student Code of Academic Conduct.
Policy on Non-Academic Conduct
No disruption of instructional activities is allowed.
Among many other infractions,
the Code specifically refers to
the following as a violation: ``Disruption of Learning and Teaching -
Students shall not behave in disruptive ways that obstruct
the learning and teaching environment." In particular, the students
can use the laptops (and similar electronic devices) in class
only for taking notes. In difficult cases, penalties can be imposed
by the Student Conduct Officer.
- Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge.
Read carefully the marking guide for the assignment or test you'd like
to be remarked. Your grade may go up, down, or remain the same.
Fill in this
remarking form (available online). Attach this form to the hard copy
of your assignment. Same rules apply if you request recalculation
to correct an arithmetical error in calculating your total score.
Forward your assignment and the remarking request form to the TA/GA who
marked your assignment. To do this, either hand in your remarking request
to the TA at the Lab time, or leave your remarking request
attached to the hard copy of your assignment at the Computer Science
reception desk (ask for a stamp with the date). Send email to the TA/GA to
inform that you left a remarking request. Normally, the marking guide
posted on Blackboard includes the name of the TA/GA who was responsible for
marking the assignment/test. It is your responsibility to forward your
remarking request to the right contact person.
Remarking request can be only submitted within 10
working days of the return of the graded work (quiz/assignment/test) in
class. It is your responsibility to pick up your quiz/assignment/test as
soon as possible. Late regrading requests will not be accepted.
It's your responsibility to pick up your work ASAP.
Mark can decrease if TA finds something that was incorrectly
awarded too high a mark.
Tentative Course Calendar
(all changes of dates will be announced)
||Grade Value (%)
February 11, Tuesday
Friday, February 28, 4-6pm
March 18, Tuesday
April 1, Tuesday
In assigned lab time
|Class participation & quizzes
In assigned class time
The total grade (100%) is the sum of marks for assignments (15%), quizzes(5%),
labs (20%), midterm (20%) and the final exam (40%).