CMSC 341 Data Structures
Section 0401
Mr. Jim Kukla
TTh   11:30-12:45,  SS-113

Course Description

Data Structures are the paramount concern of this course. The principle objective of the course is to help you learn how to design and analyze a wide range of data structures.

The course covers data structures and associated algorithms. Relationships among data structures, their utility in various situations, and factors affecting their performance in algorithms will be considered. You will learn to analyze the demands of algorithms, how to choose appropriate data structures, and how to integrate data structures into algorithms.


Required: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++, 2nd Edition, by Mark Alan Weiss, Addison-Wesley

You may wish to consult other texts. Here are some suggestions:


We will assume that you have mastered the material from CMSC 201, CMSC 202, and CMSC 203, including mastery of the C++ language. We will not review material that has been covered in the prerequisite courses. We do cover a few of the data structures from CMSC 202, but from a deeper point-of-view. A few advanced C++ topics such as templates and exceptions will be reviewed.


Your grade for this course will be based upon 5 projects, 2 in-class exams and the final exam. The projects are worth 50% of your grade, each project weighted equally. Each in-class exam is worth 15 percentage points; the final is worth 20 points. Note that the due dates for the projects and the dates of the exams are already set (q.v., the syllabus and project policy handout). Please plan your schedules accordingly. Makeup exams will be given only under the most dire circumstances (almost never).

Your final letter grade is based on the standard formula:

0 <= F < 60, 60 <= D < 70, 70 <= C < 80, 80 <= B < 90, 90 <= A <= 100
These levels may be adjusted slightly in your favor, but grades will not be ``curved'' in the conventional sense.
Your grade is given for timely work done during the semester; incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such dire circumstances.

Attendance and Readings

You are expected to attend all lectures. You are responsible for all material covered in the lecture, even if it is not in the textbook. You should keep up with the assigned readings during the semester. Some reading material will distributed through the course web page. You are responsible for the material in the readings, even if it is not covered during lecture.

You must study to do well in this course. It will not be enough to attend lectures and do the homework. As advanced undergraduates, you will be responsible for learning material that is not necessarily covered in lectures. A prime learning requirement is that you contribute to class discussions and raise questions about the course material.

Contacting Me or the TAs

Please feel free to visit me or the TAs during our office hours. If you can't make it during the regular hours, please ask for an appointment. We will do everything we can to be available to provide help with this course. Office hours, phone numbers and other contact information is available on-line. If you need to contact any of the course staff outside of lecture and office hours, email is much better than the telephone. You should, however, observe the following etiquette:

Academic Integrity

Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Instances of cheating will be reported to the UMBC Academic Conduct Committee. These reports are filed by the Committee and can be used for disciplinary action such as a permanent record on your transcript. Academic honesty is absolutely required of you. You are expected to be honest yourself and to report any cases of dishonesty you see among other students in this class. Reports of dishonest behavior will be kept anonymous.
Further details on honesty in doing projects for this course are on-line at the Project Policy link.

Students are welcome and encouraged to study together for exams, but examinations are to be your own work -- not your neighbor's and not your notes. All exams are closed-book, closed-notes. Only pencils (or pens) and erasers are permitted in the exam room unless otherwise indicated. Scratch paper is provided to you, as needed. Having any other materials in your possession during an exam will be taken as evidence of cheating and dealt with accordingly.


1 Tue,Thur   5,7 Sep C++ and OOP MAW 1
  Tue  5 Sep Project 1 Assigned
  Wed   6 Sep
Thur   7 Sep
Extra session: C++ Review
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
2 Tue   12 Sep C++ and OOP MAW 1
3 Thur   14 Sep Asymptotic Analysis MAW 2
  Wed   13 Sep
Thur   14 Sep
Extra session: Project 1 Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
4 Tue  19 Sep List ADT and Implementations MAW 3
5 Thur  21 Sep List Implementations MAW 3
  Tue   19 Sep Project 1 Due
6 Tue  26 Sep List Implementations MAW 3
  Mon   25 Sep Project 2 Assigned
7 Thur   28 Sep Stacks, Queues, and Applications MAW 3
  Wed   27 Sep
Thur   28 Sep
Extra session: Project 2 Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
8 Tue   3 Oct Binary Search Trees MAW 4
9 Thur   5 Oct Binary Search Trees MAW 4
10 Tue   10 Oct Hashing MAW 5
  Mon   9 Oct Project 2 Due 
11 Thur   12 Oct Hashing MAW 5
  Wed   11 Oct
Thur   12 Oct
Extra session: Exam 1 Review
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
12 Mon   16 Oct Exam 1
Project 3 Assign
13 Thur   19 Oct Priority Queues MAW 6
  Wed   18 Oct
Thur   19 Oct
Extra session: Project 3 Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
14 Tue   24 Oct Priority Queues MAW 6
15 Thur   26 Oct Balanced Search Trees MAW 4
16 Tue   31 Oct Balanced Search Trees MAW 4
  Mon  30 Oct Project 3 Due
Project 4 Assigned
17 Thur   2 Nov Balanced Search Trees MAW  4, 11
  Wed   1 Nov
Thur   2 Nov
Extra session: Project 4 Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
18 Tue   7 Nov Balanced Search Trees MAW 11, 12
19 Thur   9 Nov B-Trees MAW 4 + Notes
  Wed   8 Nov
Thur   9 Nov
Extra session: Exam 2 Review
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
20 Tue   14 Nov Exam 2
21 Thur   16 Nov B-Trees MAW 4 + notes
22 Tue   21 Nov Graphs MAW 9
  Mon   20 Nov Project 4 Due
Project 5 Assigned
23 Thur   23 Nov Graphs MAW 9
  Thu  23 Nov
Sun  26 Nov
Thanksgiving Break
24 Tue   28 Nov Graphs MAW 9
25 Thur   30 Nov Skip Lists MAW 10 + notes
  Wed   29 Nov
Thur   30 Nov
Extra session: Project 5 Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
26 Tue   5 Dec Skip Lists  MAW 10 + notes
27 Thur  7 Dec Disjoint Set MAW 8
28 Tue   12 Dec Disjoint Set MAW 8
  Mon  11 Dec Project 5 Due
29 Thur   14 Dec Advanced Topics Notes
  Wed   13 Dec
Thur   14 Dec
Extra session: Final Exam Preview
8:30-9:30 P.M.   SS 114
  Thur  21 Dec Final Exam
NOTE: 1/2 hour earlier than usual class meeting time

Course Web Page

A few handouts will be provided in paper form at the first class. After that, all handouts will be provided only on the web. The course web page URL is:

Please check the web page frequently. Any changes to the page will be mentioned in the "What's New" link.

Last modified on August 31, 20000 by James Kukla