CIS 575, Introduction to Algorithm Analysis, Spring 2021


This course (3 credit hours) teaches important concepts involved in the design and analysis of algorithms.

This semester, this course is fully online!
Lecture notes and video lectures will be posted on Canvas, as will quizzes, homework assignments, and exams.


Course Schedule (click on link)

Specifically, students are expected to have the following background:

Expected Outcome
Students should attain competency in the following:
While it is possible to successfully complete the course by studying only the material posted on Canvas, we recommend some deeper reading (the lecture notes contain references to specific sections):


For each week (cf the course schedule),


Weekly Schedule

Zoom link
MondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFriday
Office Hours 9-10am 9-10am
Office Hours 3-4pm 3-5pm
Office Hours 11am-noon 10-11am


Use the email address for all questions about lectures, homeworks, etc. Do not email the TAs or instructor directly (unless there is a very good reason), and do not use Canvas messaging to contact us.

We make efforts to keep up with email, even though we may not check our inboxes all the time (to decrease disruption of productivity, the instructor usually reads his email only twice or thrice a day). It is our goal that you should expect an email answer no later than on the next business day. So if you send an email on Friday, we will aim to get back to you the next day the university holds classes (which will typically be Monday), and often even earlier.

For questions (or comments) of general interest, we strongly encourage that you post in the Canvas discussion forum so that also other students will benefit from the answers. We even encourage you to answer questions from other students (of course you should not give more hints towards solutions than you would reasonably expect the instructor to give).


will be given as Canvas quizzes:
Letter Grades
are not based on strict percentage cutoffs but are "curved" by taking into account the difficulty of the exercises and exams.
As a rule of thumb, however, you should expect In general, my approach to grading is expressed well by this piece by S.A. Miller.

Late deliverables will not be graded, with one exception: if you submit a homework assignment less than 12 hours after the deadline, we will grade it, but afterwards subtract up to 20% (proportional to the delay) of the score you earned.

Missing Deliverables
Given the highly unusual circumstances during also this semester, we will not ask for documentation for medical conditions, family emergencies, official university activities, etc.

If you do not submit a deliverable, we will disregard it, that is, it will not influence the final grade (which will be determined by the scores on the deliverables that you do submit).

However, if you miss a number of deliverables that together count more than 8% of the total grade, please contact the instructor. Depending on the situation, he may in such cases assign a score of zero for some or all of the missing deliverables, or (if the bulk of course work has been completed in passing fashion) assign you an Incomplete (I) for the course.

Drop Policy
It is your responsibility to drop the course if you are enrolled but decide not to complete the course; there are no "automatic" drops due to nonattendance.

Academic Honesty

Kansas State University has an Honor and Integrity System based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be sufficient assurance that, in academic matters, one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate and graduate students, by registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Honor and Integrity System. The policies and procedures of the Honor and Integrity System apply to all full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning. A component vital to the Honor and Integrity System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work." A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. The F indicates failure in the course; the X indicates the reason is an Honor Pledge violation.

You are very welcome to discuss the course material, as well as specific questions, with your fellow students. However, all submitted answers must be your own work:

If you are in doubt about what is permissible, please ask me. I very much hope that it will not be necessary to file any honor pledge violation reports during the semester!

Students with Disabilities

who need classroom accommodations, access to technology, or information about emergency building/campus evacuation processes should contact the Student Access Center and/or their instructor. Services are available to students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety. If you are a student enrolled in campus/online courses through the Manhattan or Olathe campuses, contact the Student Access Center at, 785-532-6441.

Copyright notification

Copyright 2021 (Torben Amtoft) as to this syllabus and all lectures. During this course students are prohibited from selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course. In addition, students in this class are not authorized to provide class notes or other class-related materials to any other person or entity, other than sharing them directly with another student taking the class for purposes of studying, without prior written permission from the professor teaching this course.

Torben Amtoft