Problem Solving with Algorithms - CO383

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR C Perez Delgado checkmark-circle


This module aims to strengthen the foundational programming-in-the-small abilities of students via a strong, practical, problem solving focus. Specific topics will include introductory algorithms, algorithm correctness, algorithm runtime, as well as big-O notation. Essential data structures and algorithmic programming skills will be covered, such as arrays, lists and trees, searching and sorting, recursion, and divide and conquer.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 118
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
100% Coursework

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Skiena, Steven S, "The Algorithm Design Manual", Springer, 2008.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Read a problem description and apply an appropriate algorithm to solve that problem.
2 Formulate a solution to a problem in algorithmic form using pseudocode.
3 Reason about the correctness of an algorithm.
4 Reason about the runtime of an algorithm.
5 Implement an algorithm as a part of an executable program.
6 Implement basic data structures (e.g. arrays, lists, trees) and use algorithmic techniques (recursion and divide & conquer) to solve well-known problems (searching and sorting), but also how to apply their principles to newly encountered problems.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Work in teams.
2 Communicate their understanding of technical problems and their solutions.
3 Make effective use of IT facilities.
4 Manage their time and resources effectively.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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