Bryn Mawr College
CMSC 330 Algorithms: Design & Practice
Prof. Deepak Kumar
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202 Park Science Building
dkumar at brynmawr dot edu
Lecture Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:55a to 11:15a
Room: Park 337
Lab: Tuesdays 11:25a to 12:45p in Room 231 (Attendance in ALL labs is required)
Office Hours: TBA
Course Description:This course examines the applications of algorithms to the accomplishments of various programming tasks. The focus will be on understanding of problem-solving methods, along with the construction of algorithms, rather than emphasizing formal proving methodologies. Topics include divide and conquer, approximations for NP-Complete problems, data mining and parallel algorithms. Prerequisites: CS206 and CS231. This is a Writing Intensive (WI) course.
January 17: First lecture
April 27: Last Lecture
Punctual Attendance and active participation are
expected in every class. Anyone arriving later than 9:55a will be considered absent for that class. Participation includes asking questions,
contributing answers, proposing ideas, and providing constructive
comments. 30% of your course grade (see below) is based on attendance & participation.
As you will discover, I am a proponent of two-way communication and I welcome feedback during the semester about the course. I am available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps me get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that I won't have time to cover in-class.
Please stay in touch with me, particularly if you feel stuck on a topic or project and can't figure out how to proceed. Often a quick e-mail, or face-to-face conference can reveal solutions to problems and generate renewed creative and scholarly energy. It is essential that you begin assignments early.
All graded work will receive a grade, 4.0, 3.7, 3.3, 3.0, 2.7, 2.3, 2.0, 1.7, 1.3, 1.0, or 0.0. At the end of the semester, final grades will be calculated as a weighted average of all grades according to the following weights:
Labs & Written Work: 35%
Class Participation & Attendance: 30%
Incomplete grades will be given only for verifiable medical illness or other such dire circumstances. Please have any instances of medical illness or dire circumstances communicated to me thorugh your Dean.
Submission, Late Policy, and Making Up Past WorkAll work must be turned in either in hard-copy or electronic submission, depending on the instructions given in the assignment. E-mail submissions, when permitted, should request a "delivery receipt" to document time and date of submission. Extensions will be given only in the case of verifiable medical excuses or other such dire circumstances, if requested in advance and supported by your Academic Dean.
I encourage you to discuss the material and work together to understand it. Here are some thoughts on collaborating with other students:
Created on January 3, 2018.