COMP20230 Data Structures & Algorithms (Conversion)

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is a core module on the MSc. Computer Science (Conversion) and H.Dip in Computer Science programmes. The module introduces the design and analysis of the efficiency of algorithms and the principles of data structures in Python and in the Object Oriented Programming paradigm. In this module students will learn how to analyse, design and implement a finite set of well-defined instructions for accomplishing some task (an algorithm) along with ways of storing data in a computer so that it can be used efficiently (a data structure). A well-designed data structure or algorithm allows a variety of critical operations to be performed using as little resource, both execution time and memory space, as possible. In this module students will learn how to implement the basic data structures using Python. Students will be able at the end of this module to design and implement robust and reusable algorithms and data structures.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1. Understand how to determine the amount of resources (such as time and storage) necessary to execute a particular algorithm (algorithm analysis).
2. Understand the structure, nature and use of fundamental data structures including, Arrays, Linked Lists, Stacks, Queues, Trees and Dictionaries.
3. Implement the data structures in Python.
4. Understand the object-oriented programming constructs needed to encode a data structure and its access algorithms.
5. Design programs using these constructs to solve large problems.
6. Successfully write, compile, debug and run programs using these constructs.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; lab/tutorial based problems 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: < Description > Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

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Name Role
Dr Wissam Jassim Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Madhusanka Liyanage Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Khalil Muhammad Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Liam Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ellen Rushe Tutor
Mr John Tobin Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Wed 14:00 - 15:50