12:301:45 TR Eppley 119 
Dr. David Reed
209A Hitchcock x2583 DaveReed@creighton.edu 
Prerequisite: CSC 222.
This course builds upon the fundamental programming concepts from CSC 221: Introduction to Programming and CSC 222: ObjectOriented Programming. It provides an introduction to fundamental data structures used in solving problems, including the programming and mathematical concepts required to implement and analyze data structures. Specific data structures include lists, sets, maps, and linked structures. Supporting concepts include logic, proof techniques, and basic graph theory.
The specific goals of this course are:
Students are expected to attend classes in person and adhere to all Creighton community standards, including behaving in a respectful manner and contributing to a positive learning environment. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior may result in removal from class. Laptops are allowed and many students have found the ability to work along with the instructor very helpful.
If you must miss a class because of an emergency, you are expected to notify the instructor as soon as possible. If you are sick, contact the Student Health Education and Compliance Office (4022802735) immediately and follow their recommendations. Be aware that all class materials posted on Blueline, including quizzes, tests and discussions, are considered to be copyrighted and are intended to be used only by students enrolled in the class, for the purposes of fulfilling the course objectives. Recording lectures without permission or sharing any of these materials with others outside of the course will be considered "misuse of academic resources," as defined in the Creighton University Student Handbook.
Students will complete 68 assignments throughout the semester. Most assignments will involve the design and implementation of Java programs that appropriately utilize data structures. Assignments may also contain written components, for example, justifying data structure choices or analyzing program behavior. Late assignments will be accepted up to 7 days after their due date, with a maximum score of 75%. Beyond 7 days, late submissions will not be accepted. There will be 810 module quizzes quizzes, one 75minute midterm exam, and a cumulative final exam.
There is no specific attendance policy for the course, although it is expected that absences will leave the student unprepared for tests and assignments. Quizzes and tests will not be rescheduled except in extreme circumstances. However, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped. The final grade for the course will be based on the following weightings:
810 module quizzes  05 % 
68 programming assignments  45 % 
75minute midterm exam  20 % 
100minute final exam  30 % 
At the minimum, departmental grading cutoffs for the final average will apply. That is, 92100% guarantees an A, 8791% a B+, 8286% a B, 7781% a C+, 7176% a C, and 6070% a D. Depending on class performance, some shifting of grades (in an upward direction only) may occur as final letter grades are assigned.
It is expected that all students check their Creighton email accounts regularly. Official announcements, such as assignment revisions or class cancellations, will be distributed through Creighton email.
Creighton's policy on cheating and plagiarism is spelled out in the the Student Handbook, with college procedures available online. In addition to this, the following guidelines hold pertaining to programs. Unless the assignment explicitly states otherwise, programs are to be completed by each student independently, with no outside assistance in program design or implementation (which includes AI tools). You may converse with other students about general course material or simple debugging (e.g., "Do you know what this error message means?"), but any questions regarding homework assignments should be directed at the instructor only.
Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely, with possible outcomes including negative scores on the assignment and failure in the course. In the case of programming assignments, you are encouraged to start early so that there is time to seek help from the instructor as the need arises.
Date  Topic  Readings  Homework 

Jan 9 11 
Course overview. (ppt) Java Review: (ppt) 
222 material 
HW1: due 1/21 & 1/29 
16 18 
classes, OO, data structures, efficiency. Lists, Stacks & Queues: (ppt) 
S:1 S:4 

23 25 
List, ArrayList, stacks, queues, scheduling. Algorithm Analysis: (ppt) 
S:2.32.4, 3 

30 Feb 1 
searching & sorting, analysis, specialized sorts. 
C&S:78 
HW2: due 2/11 
6 8 
Linked Structures: (pptx) elegance, nodes, singly vs. doublylinked lists, 
S:4.14.3 

13 15 
collections & iterators, enhanced for loop. Counting/analysis techniques: (pptx) 
C&S:6 
HW3: due 2/23 
20 22 
sequences, permutations, counting, proofs, induction, review. 
C&S:9.19.3 C&S:2 

27 29 
MIDTERM EXAM Midterm Debrief 


Mar 5 7 
SPRING BREAK  NO CLASS  
12 14 
Tree structures: trees, tree recursion, BinaryTree class, 
S:5.15.3 

19 21 
binary search trees, BinarySearchTree class. work day 
C&S:8 

26 28 
Balanced and other trees: AVL, redblack, TreeSet/TreeMap, 
S:5.45.7 

Apr 2 4 
heaps, heap sort. Hash tables: 
S:9 

9 11 
collisions, chaining, HashSets/HashMaps, hashcode, finite state machines. 


16 18 
Graphs: adjacency matrix vs. list, graph searches, 
S:11 C&S:10 

23 25 
finite automata. course overview 


May 7  FINAL EXAM Tue, 1:002:40 
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