Algorithms & Data Structures


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $949

Next Start Date:

April 2, 2018

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Algorithms and data structures are the essential frameworks for solving almost any computer engineering problem. A fundamental grasp of these tools is key to helping you understand how computers and programming languages work and what makes a specific solution the optimal one. There are many algorithms and data structures in the modern software engineer’s proverbial tool belt: languages, frameworks, libraries and more. Choosing the right approach for a particular problem and forging an effective solution hinges on in-depth knowledge of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each tool.

In this course, you’ll examine, create, compare and test the major types of algorithms and data structures. We’ll cover how to optimize the skills you’ve already mastered and how to create more advanced tools as necessary. Learn to think like a computer scientist, and take an engineering approach to solving complex problems.


Beginning programmers who want to deepen their knowledge, and those who want to take more advance programming courses and pursue a career in software engineering.

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  • Key algorithms: loops, sorting, conditionals and recursion
  • Different varieties of data structures: arrays, HashMaps, linked lists and trees
  • How to select the right tool for a particular problem
  • Techniques for developing different solutions for the same problem


  • Build complex data structures from scratch
  • Create complex algorithms
  • Practice interviewing for programming jobs, including mock interviews with local tech professionals

This course is part of the Certificate in IT Foundations. It can also be taken on its own (single-course enrollment).

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

This course will run from April 2 to June 7, 2018. Instructors hold regular online office hours. These sessions are optional but recommended; they may be recorded for those who can’t attend.



You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.