Foundations of Data Structures and Algorithms, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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This Foundations of Data Structures and Algorithms course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder will teach the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms with a focus on data science applications.

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Building fast and highly performant data science applications requires an intimate knowledge of how data can be organized in a computer and how to efficiently perform operations such as sorting, searching, and indexing.

This Foundations of Data Structures and Algorithms course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder is targeted towards learners who are broadly interested in programming applications that process large amounts of data (expertise in data science is not required), and are familiar with the basics of programming in python. You will learn about various data structures including arrays, hash-tables, heaps, trees and graphs along with algorithms including sorting, searching, traversal and shortest path algorithms. 

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s MS in Data Science or MS in Computer Science degrees offered on the Coursera platform. These fully accredited graduate degrees offer targeted courses, short 8-week sessions, and pay-as-you-go tuition. Admission is based on performance in three preliminary courses, not academic history. CU degrees on Coursera are ideal for recent graduates or working professionals.

Applied Learning Project

Learners will solve data-structure problems by analyzing and designing algorithms for searching, sorting, and indexing; creating trees and graphs; and addressing intractability. Courses also include conceptual algorithm design problems as well as opportunities to program data-structures/algorithms in the python programming language.

What You Will Learn:

  • Organize, store and process data efficiently using sophisticated data structures and algorithms
  • Create applications that are supported by highly efficient algorithms and data structures for the task at hand
  • Design algorithms and analyze their complexity in terms of running time and space usage

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP)
  • Integer Programming
  • Approximation Algorithm
  • Linear Programming (LP)
  • Algorithm Design
  • Python Programming
  • Data Structure Design
  • Hashtables
  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Graphs Algorithms
  • Intractability
  • RSA (Cryptosystem)
  • Quantum Algorithms
  • Public Key Cryptography

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Algorithms for Searching, Sorting, and Indexing
  • Trees and Graphs: Basics
  • Dynamic Programming, Greedy Algorithms
  • Approximation Algorithms and Linear Programming
  • Advanced Data Structures, RSA and Quantum Algorithms

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months
    • Flexible

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You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Advanced level

  • Recommended experience: Calculus: derivatives and integrals. Probability theory: distributions, expectations, and moments. Some programming experience with Python

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