Data Structures and Advanced Data Types

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2019
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

10:00 am to 10:50 am, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Dr. Eduardo Colmenares-Diaz (view Profile)

Course Objectives

A continuation of the development of a disciplined approach to the design, coding, debugging, and testing of programs. Introduction to data structures, abstract data types (ADT), recursion, and algorithm analysis using a high level language.

Grading Standards

89 to 100 points is an A.

79 to 88.99 points is a B.

69 to 78.99 points is a C.

59 to 68.99 points is a D.

0 to 58.99 points is an F.

Final Exam

05/08/2019 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

As specified by the instructor during class or in the rubrics

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is a component of the course grade (five percent). Each student will have one unexcused absence.  Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 10 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade. Please let your instructor know if you are going to miss a class for academically related extracurricular activities. If this is the case you must present the sponsoring university member’s written justification before your absence occurs.

Other Policies


Tests are comprehensive in nature. No make-up exams will be given, except for the following cases:

  1. Surgery, Medical Emergency, Death in the family, Presentation at a Conference, some others as determined by the instructor.
    1. If you miss an exam, you will receive a permanent zero unless you notify the instructor and demonstrate with the proper official documentation that an emergency that you could not circumvent existed. This documentation must be presented not later than 24 hours after the test.
    2. Students who miss an exam due to University business should notify the instructor in advance, and present the sponsoring university member’s written justification.

If you do miss an exam and you fall in one of the categories above, this means that you have a properly documented case. Your instructor will proceed to assign a temporary grade of zero which will be substituted for your excused test grade (Final Exam). However, this substitution can only be performed once during the semester. Exams are uniquely composed for each term.


Final Exam

There is no make-up final exam. The final exam will take place in our regular classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the designated date, time. A complete list of all MSU exams (by time) can be found at Final Exam Schedule.

Final exam Date is Monday December 12, 2018


Late Policy & Deadlines

  • Submitted work is due when specified, as specified (format) by the instructor. It is in the student’s best interest to keep track of all deadlines.
  • The instructor is not required to remind students of ANY date and/or deadline associated with tests, homework, reports, project assignment, etc.
  • Assignments submitted to the instructor’s email will be considered invalid, even if submitted before the deadline. Assignments MUST be submitted to the corresponding dropbox via D2L
  • Late assignments will be accepted only for the first 48 hours right after the initial deadline has expired at a penalty of 25 points. After the first 48 hours, no assignment will be accepted.
  • Very Important:  Before you submit any file, take your time and double OR triple check that
    1. You are uploading the correct and ALL necessary files
    2. Your work is correct at the best of your abilities
    3. Failure to fulfill (1) and (2) ON TIME, WILL NOT excuse you from a bad grade.

Additional Grade Policy

Once the grades, have been either returned to the students, or published via D2L, the student will have one week to examine them, and check for inconsistencies, errors, etc. After the 1-week window of opportunity all grades will become PERMANENT and WILL NOT change. It is not only the student’s responsibility to check the accuracy of his/her grades, but also in his/her best interest to do it.

This rule DOES NOT apply to the final exam because the final is exam triple checked by the instructor before publishing the grade.


Important Information about our grading policy

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade distributions for the whole class. What does it mean? It means that grade distributions will not be adjusted on an individual basis.


Departmental Cheating Policy and Ethical Conduct

Policy on Academic Honesty

The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course.  (See below for link to MSU definitions.)


  • 1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one letter grade reduction in course.
  • 2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.
  • All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.

Policy on Testing Process

The Department of Computer Science has adopted the following policy related to testing.


  1. All bags, purses, electronics (turned off), books, etc. will be placed in the front of the room during exams, or in an area designated by the instructor.
  2. Unless otherwise announced by the instructor, nothing is allowed on the desk but pen/pencil/eraser and test papers.
  3. No student is allowed to leave the room during an exam and return.  Be prepared to remain in the classroom for the entire duration of the test.

Classroom Civility

All violations of classroom civility will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning." In order to ensure that all students gain from time spent in class, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction, e.g. leaving the room for extended periods of time, reading newspapers (or other articles), working on other courses, and using cell-phones or laptops for calls or messages. If you indulge in any such inappropriate behavior (without explicit consent of the instructor), you will (at the very least) be asked to leave the classroom. MSU Dean of Students Website.


Student with Disabilities

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from disability support office during the instructor’s office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Disability Support Office has been provided. For additional information you may contact the Disability Support Office in Clark Student Center 168 - Phone: (940) 397-4140.

Disability Support Services.


Dean of Students

The Dean of Students can assist in notifying the campus community of student illnesses, immediate family deaths and/or student death. Generally, in cases of student illness or immediate family deaths, the notification to the appropriate campus community members occur when a student is absent from class for four consecutive days with appropriate verification. It is the student's responsibility for missed class assignments and/or course work during their absence. MSU Dean of Students Website.


University’s Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at Campus Carry.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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