CIS 575, Introduction to Algorithm Analysis, Spring 2022


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

This semester, this course will be offered fully in-person.
Still, detailed lecture notes will be posted on Canvas.


Specifically, students are expected to have the following background:

See the course schedule (separate document).
Expected Outcome
Students should attain competency in the following:

Additional information sources
The uploaded lecture notes will provide all the material needed to successfully complete the course.
Still, you may benefit from some optional readings (the lecture notes contain references to specific sections):


For each class,


Weekly Schedule

Zoom link
MondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFriday
2:30-3:20pm 2:30-3:20pm2:30-3:20pm
Office Hours
noon-1:30pm 1:30-3pm
Office Hours
Office Hours
4-5pm 1:30-2:30pm


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 us to give).

Deliverables and Grading

will be open book and open notes, with the third (final) comprehensive but with emphasis on what was covered in the last part of the course.

If you do not show up for an exam, then

Homework Assignments
are due on Thursday night almost every week, on topics covered the previous week. The lowest assignment score will be disregarded. (But if you can document valid excuses for not submitting two assignments, they will both be disregarded.)

are posted after each class (when new material has been introduced) and are due one week later; for each quiz you may submit up to 5 times (the highest score counts).

If you do not attempt to submit a quiz, it will be disregarded, but only up to three times: the fourth non-submitted quiz, and each subsequent, will (at the end of the semester) be converted to a zero.


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.

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.

If you think the instructor or the TAs have made an error when grading your test or your homework, you are of course very welcome to ask for clarification. But complaints about judgment calls, like how much credit to give for a partially correct solution, are not encouraged (it is like arguing balls and strikes).

Various Statements

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.

If you are in doubt about what is permissible, please ask me.

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.

Expectations for Classroom Conduct

All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Governing Association By Laws, Article V, Section 3, number 2. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.

Mandatory Statement on Mutual Respect and Inclusion in K-State Teaching and Learning Spaces

At K-State, faculty and staff are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive learning environment for students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. K-State courses, labs, and other virtual and physical learning spaces promote equitable opportunity to learn, participate, contribute, and succeed, regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, genetic information, ancestry, disability, socioeconomic status, military or veteran status, immigration status, Indigenous identity, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, religion, culture, as well as other social identities.

Faculty and staff are committed to promoting equity and believe the success of an inclusive learning environment relies on the participation, support, and understanding of all students. Students are encouraged to share their views and lived experiences as they relate to the course or their course experience, while recognizing they are doing so in a learning environment in which all are expected to engage with respect to honor the rights, safety, and dignity of others in keeping with the K-State Principles of Community

If you feel uncomfortable because of comments or behavior encountered in this class, you may bring it to the attention of your instructor, advisors, and/or mentors. If you have questions about how to proceed with a confidential process to resolve concerns, please contact the Student Ombudsperson Office. Violations of the student code of conduct can be reported here If you experience bias or discrimination, it can be reported here

Mandatory Statement Regarding Wearing of Face Masks

All students are expected to comply with K-State's face mask policy. As of August 2, 2021, everyone must wear face masks over their mouths and noses in all indoor spaces on university property, including while attending in-person classes. This policy is subject to change at the university's discretion. For additional information and the latest on K-State's face covering policy, see

Copyright notification

Copyright 2022 (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.