CSC 402 Data Structures I

Radha Jagadeesan

Office: CDM 653
Spring 2022-2023
Class number: 39856
Section number: 910
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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This is the first course in a two-course sequence on data structures using Java.

The course introduces basic Java programming, reviews recursion, introduces asymptotic notations, and focuses on linear data structures including arrays, linked lists and their variants, stacks and queues, and data structures supporting disjoint-set operations.

The implementation of the basic operations on each data structure are discussed and analyzed in terms of their efficiency. The applications covered highlight and exploit the unique characteristics of the data structures, and emphasize problem solving and recursive thinking.


Prof. James Riely Notes and Lectures. (We will use these as a guideline, but proceed at our own pace, with our own assignments)


Weekly Assignments: 30%

Exams/Quizzes:         70%.  Timed online quizzes on D2L. 

No late assignments will be accepted.


CSC 401


Basic OO programming techniques
Use of debuggers
Use of testing
Understanding correctness of programming
Understanding performance characteristics of programs
Competence with iterative and recursive solutions to problems

Understanding of linked lists and resizable arrays
Understanding of stacks, queues, dequeues.
Understanding of heaps.
Understanding of union-find.
Understanding of elementary sorts, merge sort, heap sort


This course was selected to participate in DePaul's Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. SI is a series of peer-led review sessions based on an internationally-recognized evidence-based active learning model for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is free and for ALL students who want to strengthen their understanding of course material and improve their grades. 

At each session you will be guided through collaborative learning strategies by your SI Leader, a DePaul student who has previously taken the course and done well. SI sessions offer a chance to work together with classmates to compare notes, practice important concepts, develop effective study methods, and test yourselves before quizzes and exams. 

Your SI Leader will facilitate either (3) 1-hour SI sessions or (2) 1.5 hour SI Sessions per week between weeks 2-10. Sessions may be a mix of on-campus and/or online sessions. Please complete the poll your SI Leader will send to you the first week to help them plan the most accommodating session days/times and modality for you. 

Session times can be found on the Supplemental Instruction website, as well as the course D2L site by Monday Week 2. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be able to access the recordings of online sessions.

Java and Eclipse: Arrays, Iteration and Recursion (1.1)

Recursion. Simple Objects Objects, Composition and Testing Mutating Linked Structures Stacks/Queues Intro to Analysis. Expandable Arrays Elementary Sorts, Objects as Data: Priority Queues and Heaps Mergesort Union Find

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Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

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Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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