CS331H: Algorithms and Complexity (Honors), Spring 2016

Additional Class Policies

You should read the CS Department Code of Conduct. The policies described there will be followed in this class.

Logistics: Lecture: Tue/Thu 2:00 - 3:30, GDC 1.304
Discussion section: Fri 10:00 - 11:00, BUR 130
Course web page: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~ecprice/courses/331h/
Unique number: 51065
Professor: Eric Price
Email: ecprice@cs.utexas.edu
Office: GDC 4.510
Office Hours: 4-5pm Thursday
TAs: Matteo Pontecovi
Email: cavia@cs.utexas.edu
Office Hours: 9-11am Wednesday, in a TA station in the GDC basement.

Abhishek Sinha
Email: as1992@cs.utexas.edu
Office Hours: 11am-1pm Tuesday, desk 4, TA station in the GDC basement.
Problem Sets:
Course Notes: Jeff Erickson's notes may be useful.
Content: This honors undergraduate course will cover the basics of algorithms. The tentative outline for the course is as follows:
  • Introduction; divide and conquer, recurrences, summations
  • Basic graph searching
  • Greedy; minimum spanning tree; Dijstra's shortest paths
  • Dynamic programming; shortest paths
  • Undecidability; halting problem
  • NP-completeness and approximation algorithms
  • Randomized algorithms: randomized selection, quicksort, hashing
  • Maximum flow and maximum matching
Prerequisites: The following coursework with a grade of at least C-: CS 311, 311H, 313H, or 313K; CS 307, 314, 314H, 315, or 315H; CS 310, 310H, 429, or 429H; M362K or SSC321; credit with a grade of at least C- or registration for M340L or SSC329C; and consent of the honors director.
Grading: 40%: Homework
30%: Two in-class exams
20%: Final exam
10%: Class attendance and participation
Key dates:
  • Exam 1: Tuesday, February 23.
  • Exam 2 : Tuesday, April 5.
  • Final exam: TBA.
Text: Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, and Stein. Note that some topics covered in the course will not appear in the textbook.
There will be a homework assignment every 1-2 weeks.

Collaboration policy: You are encouraged to collaborate on homework. However, you must write up your own solutions. You should also state the names of those you collaborated with on the first page of your submission.
Students with
Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 (voice) or 471-4641 (TTY for users who are deaf or hard of hearing) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.