CS2852: Data Structures

This course covers the organization of data and the algorithms that act upon them. The topics of arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, sets, and hash tables are introduced. Fundamentals of algorithm performance are also introduced, with an emphasis placed on time complexity analysis. Laboratory activities include implementation of data structures as well as the application of data structures from standard libraries. (prereq: CS-1021) (3-2-4)


On successful completion of this course, the student will:

General Course Policies

Please review the general course policies webpage.


Data Structures Abstraction and Design Using Java 4th Ed., by Koffman and Wolfgang, Wiley, 2021. ISBN: 978-1-119-70359-4

Laboratory Assignments

All Lab assignments are worth 100 points per week. A 50% penalty will be assessed for all submissions that do not meet the style guidelines.

Lab Quizzes

Lab quizzes will be given nearly every week at the beginning of lab. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given.

Reading Quizzes/Self-Learning Modules

Reading quizzes are completed in Canvas. While you must not discuss the quizzes with others, you may use reference material while taking the quiz. The self-learning modules are available on this website and you will submit any deliverables in Canvas.


Homework assignments will be grade as complete/incomplete. Assignments will be marked as complete if they are completed with no or only minor errors.

My Schedule


Labs 25%
Lab Quizzes 10%
Reading Quizzes/SLMs 10%
Homework 5%
Exam I 15%
Exam II 15%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

Tutoring Options

The Raider Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring for all MSOE students through 1-1 tutoring, group tutoring, writing assistance and Study Spaces. RCAS is located on campus on the 2nd floor of the Walter Schroeder Library. For more information on RCAS Tutoring you can visit their website, schedule an appointment, email at rcastutoring@msoe.edu, or call 414-277-7274

COVID Protocols

MSOE is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our community. Since classrooms and laboratories are constrained spaces where students and faculty are required to congregate for long periods of time and where social distancing is difficult to achieve, students, faculty, staff and guests of the university must wear a facial covering in all classrooms and laboratories at MSOE.

Failure to wear a facial covering in class or laboratory will result in your faculty member requiring you to leave class and not return until you have secured a facial covering for yourself.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result; or are symptomatic of COVID-19; or are an unvaccinated student who has been a close contact of an individual who is symptomatic or positive, please login to my.msoe.edu and click on the COVID-19 Report Form located on the home page. Please do not physically come to campus if you are ill or suspect you may be ill. MSOE is committed to your education and your faculty will work to support your learning should you need to isolate or quarantine.


Tentative Schedule