Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science

COMP 363: Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms

Credit Hours



(Discrete Structures: Comp 163 or Number Theory: Math 201) and Data Structures: Comp 271 and (Calculus 1: Math 131 or Math 161)


The central goal of this course is for students to gain basic skills in designing and implementing efficient and effective computer programs. The course begins by developing models and mathematical tools for measuring the efficiency of algorithms. Then students are introduced to a variety of useful data structures and to algorithms for a variety of fundamental problems. Finally, the course will provide an introduction to classification of computational problems into different complexity classes. The course will include a small amount of actual programming in addition to theoretical analysis.