DSAA204 2000 words: Data Structure and Algorithms

Unit Code: DSAA204
Unit Title: Data Structure and Algorithms
Type of Assessment: Task 3- Individual Report
Length/Duration: Word limit- 2000 words
Unit Learning Outcomes
a) Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of data structures and
b) Demonstrate reasoning about efficiency of algorithms;
c) Assess and apply suitable recursive data structures and algorithms
to IT systems and applications.
Submission Date: To be submitted in week 11
Assessment Task: The assessment is about a design of a system using OOP.
Total Mark: 20 Marks
Weighting: 20%
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calculated by deduction from the total mark.
For example. An Assessment Task marked out of 40 will incur a 2 mark penalty for each calendar day.
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This assessment is an individual report about the design of an OOP system using Data Structures and
Algorithms. The report should follow the following structure
1. Title Page
2. Executive Summary
3. Introduction
4. Background
5. Case Study and the Design
5.1 Variables, Ranges and Keys
5.2 Operations and the Justification
5.3 Algorithms and the Justification
5.4 Modifications
6. Conclusion
7. References
Case Study:
You are required to design a health system with information about doctors and patients.
Assume that there are:
50 Doctors
100 Nursing staff
Around 1000 patients.
You need to decide how would you like to represent the doctors, nursing staff and patients. For each of
these decide what variables should be there. Also, each of these will have one or more keys and a range
of values. Specify all of these.
Then specify the range of operations which will be needed for the health system. Keep in mind that it is
not a complete hospital management system. Mainly, the interest is in managing and searching the
records of doctors, nursing staff and patients.
For each of these operations, discuss the most suitable sorting or searching method and why your
chosen algorithm for each operation is the most appropriate. Your justification should talk about the
different properties of algorithms and explain as to why your chosen algorithm is best suited to the
problem in question.
After a number of years, the number of staff (doctors and nursing) and patients have almost doubled.
What changes, if any, would you make to your system so that it is still can be used effectively and
The assignment must be submitted online in Moodle. All materials MUST be submitted electronically in
Microsoft Word format. Other formats (e.g., pdf or MAC file) may not be readable by markers. Please be
aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it
is presented in MS Word. No paper based or hardcopy submission will be accepted.
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Marking Criteria Lecturer Expectation Marks Comments
Choice of Variables, Keys and
The understanding of various
data types and importance of
choosing the right variables and
Justification of Variables, Keys and
Ranges choice
Specification of Operations Identifying operations that are
required by the system to
function properly. The choice of
appropriate algorithm so that
data can be efficiently searched
and sorted.
Choice of Algorithms for every
Justification of Algorithms 3
Any modifications required How making systems scalable
needs changes in the choice of
variables and algorithms so that
efficiency is not compromised
Total 20
Content for Assessment Task papers should incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion.
Appropriate academic writing and referencing are inevitable academic skills that you must develop and
demonstrate in work being presented for assessment. The content of high quality work presented by a student
must be fully referenced within-text citations and a Reference List at the end. Kent strongly recommends you
refer to the Academic Learning Support Workshop materials available on the Kent Learning Management System
(Moodle). For details please click the link http://moodle.kent.edu.au/kentmoodle/mod/folder/view.php?id=3606
and download the file titled “Harvard Referencing Workbook”. This Moodle Site is the location for Workbooks
and information that are presented to Kent Students in the ALS Workshops conducted at the beginning of each
Kent recommends a minimum of FIVE (5) references in work being presented for assessment. Unless otherwise
specifically instructed by your Lecturer or as detailed in the Unit Outline for the specific Assessment Task, any
paper with less than five (5) references may be deemed not meeting a satisfactory standard and possibly be failed.
Content in Assessment tasks that includes sources that are not properly referenced according to the “Harvard
Referencing Workbook” will be penalised.
Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count if this is specifically stated for the Assessment Task
in the Unit Outline. As a general rule there is an allowable discretionary variance to the word count in that it is
generally accepted that a student may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.
References are assessed for their quality. Students should draw on quality academic sources, such as books,
chapters from edited books, journals etc. The textbook for the Unit of study can be used as a reference, but not
the Lecturer Notes. The Assessor will want to see evidence that a student is capable of conducting their own
research. Also, in order to help Assessors determine a student’s understanding of the work they cite, all in-text
references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number(s) if shown in the original. Before
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preparing your Assessment Task or own contribution, please review this ‘YouTube’ video (Avoiding Plagiarism
through Referencing) by clicking on the following link: link:
A search for peer-reviewed journal articles may also assist students. These type of journal articles can be located
in the online journal databases and can be accessed from the Kent Library homepage. Wikipedia, online
dictionaries and online encyclopaedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic, but
should not be over-used – these should constitute no more than 10% of your total list of references/sources.
Additional information and literature can be used where these are produced by legitimate sources, such as
government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC),
or international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). Legitimate organisations and
government departments produce peer reviewed reports and articles and are therefore very useful and mostly
very current. The content of the following link explains why it is not acceptable to use non-peer reviewed websites
(Why can’t I just Google?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N39mnu1Pkgw
(thank you to La Trobe University for access to this video).

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