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NDAK11006U  Topics in Algorithms and Data Structures Volume 2014/2015

Course information

Credit7,5 ECTS
LevelFull Degree Master
Duration1 block
Block 4
C (Mon 13-17 + Wednes 8-17)
Course capacityNo limit.
Continuing and further education
Study boardStudy Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Computer Science
Course responsible
  • Mikkel Thorup (7-6f766a7174777242666b306d7730666d)
Saved on the 04-12-2014


The purpose of this course is to give an overview of the state-of-the art research within the area of algorithms and data structures.

A set of topics will aim to reflect the state-of-the-art research and applications within the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures. Particular topics will change from year to year.
Important: See the course home page for information on the topics covered in a particular year.


Learning Outcome

Knowledge of:


  • Selected state-of-the-art algorithms and data structures and techniques and paradigms involved in these.

Skills in:



  • Reading state-of-the-art papers related to the topics covered in the course and communicating key ideas in such papers
  • Preparing a report on a research paper
  • Preparing and giving a seminar talk on a research paper

Comptences to:



  • Present technical results to an audience of peers, both orally and in writing
  • Recognize the applicability of algorithms and data structures in both theoretical and practical settings



See Absalon when the course is set up.

Teaching and learning methods
The course has three components.

1. Lectures and weekly exercises.
2. A project where students write a report on a paper that they will later present [this could be something relevant to later Master's thesis work].
3. Seminars where students present their chosen papers. There will be an opponent group for each presentation, and teachers will also ask questions.
Academic qualifications
Should at least have had at least one prior course in algorithms and data structures.
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Credit7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
The oral exam is without preparation. Primarily in the paper chosen by student, but also other parts of the course material.
Exam registration requirementsPassing 4-5 of the weekly exercises plus a satisfactory report and presentation on the chosen paper.
Marking scale7-point grading scale
Censorship formNo external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-examThe re-exam is held as an oral exam with a duration of 45 minutes (incl. assesment). At the exam the student is tested in the full material used during the course.

Students which has not fulfilled the criteria for exam assesment are allowed to participate in the re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.

Project work50
Saved on the 04-12-2014