Algorithms and Satisfiability


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained from the courses: The Theoretical Basis of Computer Science, Algorithms and Data Structures as well as Syntax and Semantics.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This is an English translation of the module. In case of discrepancy between the translation and the Danish version, the Danish version of the module is valid.

Learning objectives


The student must gain knowledge of the following theories and methods:

  • algorithm design techniques such as share-and-rule, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming, backtracking, branch-and-bound algorithms, randomized algorithms, linear programming, and approximate algorithms for solving NP-complete problems.
  • techniques in advanced algorithm analysis such as amortized analysis, analysis of expected complexity and experiments with algorithms
  • examples of core algorithms and data structures for solving a variety of problems from different areas of computer science such as external memory algorithms, multi-threaded algorithms, text search, advanced graph algorithms, and geometric calculations.
  • satisfiability, Boolean modeling and computation, AI applications, planning and scheduling.
  • binary decision charts, algorithms for this data structure and application to solve satisfiability problems


  • be able to account accurately and using the subject's terminology and notation for important results within course topics and explain the principles behind the most important algorithms and compliance results
  • be able to select and apply algorithm design and compliance techniques for a given problem
  • be able to recognize a range of problems from different areas of computer science and select the most appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve them


  • be able to apply concepts and techniques within algorithms and compliance theory
  • facing a computer science problem, be able to develop and analyze efficient algorithms and data structures for solving the problem

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general teaching methods for the education, cf. section 17.

Extent and expected workload

The student is expected to spend 27.5 hours per ECTS, which for this activity means 137.5 hours.



Name of examAlgorithms and Satisfiability
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Contact: Study Board for Computer Science via or 9940 8854

Facts about the module

Danish titleAlgoritmer og opfyldelighed
Module codeDSNDATB611
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science
Study BoardStudy Board of Computer Science
DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design