CSC 505 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 
Algorithm design techniques: use of data structures, divide and conquer, dynamic programming, greedy techniques, local and global search. Complexity and analysis of algorithms: asymptotic analysis, worst case and average case, recurrences, lower bounds, NPcompleteness. Algorithms for classical problems including sorting, searching and graph problems (connectivity, shortest paths, minimum spanning trees). 3 credit hours. 

• Prerequisites  

To brush up on your prerequisites, I recommend reviewing sections 3(2), 10, 12(13), and Appendix A, B, and C(12) of our textbook. 

• Course Objectives  
You will learn how to solve problems using concepts of algorithms and discrete mathematics, e.g.


• Course Requirements  
Grades will be computed as a weighted average of four homework assignments (equal weights, total 20%), two midterm exams (equal weight, total 40%), and the final exam (total 40%). Bad midterm forgiveness rule: one lowest midterm score will be replaced by the final exam score if this improves your grade. The Piazza software (message board system) will be the primary mode of communication about all aspects of the course (questions about homework, exams, and course topics) – email should be used only for personal matters. Homework assignments will be posted electronically and solutions must be submitted electronically. Submissions must be pdf files without any scanned parts. Late homework will be accepted only in circumstances that are grounds for excused absence under university policy (arrangements for turning in late homework must be made at least a day before the due date if possible). All assignments for this course are intended to be individual work. Copying of text, code, or other content from the Internet (or other sources) is plagiarism. Any tool/resource must be approved in advance by the instructor and identified and acknowledged clearly in any work turned in. 

• Textbook  
Introduction to Algorithms (third edition) by T.H. Cormen, C.E. Leiserson, R.L. Rivest, and C. Stein 

• Computer and Internet Requirements  
NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here. 

• Instructor  
Dr. Steffen Heber, Associate Professor 
Phone: 9195131118 
