COMP10030 Algorithmic Problem Solving

Academic Year 2022/2023

Aims and Objectives : Over the last 40 years Computing Scientists have learned a lot about Problem Solving. What we will do in this modue is to interoduce you to some of the techniques and strategies which we have learned. For anyone intending to read for a degree in Computer Science, this module will introduce you to a number of the fundamental concepts which you will use again and again throughout your studies and subsequent career.If you intend to read for a degree in another subject you will still benefit from taking the module because the problem solving techniques can be applied in most other areas.The material will be presented using puzzles and games and does not require any computer skills.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module you should be familiar with the concepts of Invariants.Problem decomposition,Symmetry,Induction.Simple boolean calculusYou should be able to use these concepts and apply them to solve a wide range of puzzles and to analyse a number of two-person games.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, tutorials and take home assignments. 
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Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MIS10060 - Introduction to Bus Analytics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Take home assignment 2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Take home assignment 1 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is aimed at describing the common errors in approaches and providing advice on how to avoid them

Name Role
Mr Jack Geraghty Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 16:00 - 16:50