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Department of Computer Science and Technology

 

Information for undergraduate students 2022-23

Important dates

Michaelmas term

Wednesday 5 October   2-4pm, LT1 and Intel Lab Part 1A Introduction and ice-breaker
Wednesday 5 October 3-4pm, LT1 and Intel Lab Part 1B Briefing and ice-breaker with the 1A students
Wednesday 5 October 3-4pm, LT1 and Intel Lab Part II Briefing and ice-breaker with the 1A students
Monday 14 November 10-11am, LT1 Part 1B Project briefing with Dr Rob Harle
Friday 18 November 10-11am, FW26

Research ethics and GDPR seminar - for Part II students, Postgrads and Postdocs. There is limited space on this seminar so please sign up here if you wish to attend.

Lent term

Thursday 19 January 11am-12noon, LT1 Part 1B Group project kick-off meeting
Monday 13 February   Deadline for applications for Part III
Friday 17 February 11am-12noon, LT2 Part II Project dissertation briefing with Dr Rafal Mantiuk (Chair of Examiners)
Wednesday 15 March 11am-12noon, LT1 Part 1B Projects announcement of results and prizes

Easter term

Friday 12 May 12noon Part II Project dissertation submission
Monday 22 May 2-3pm, LT1 Part II Project briefing for the 1B students with Dr Rafal Mantiuk (Chair of Examiners)
Wednesday 24 May 11am-12noon, Lecture Theatre A, Art School Part 1A Examination briefing with Chair of Examiners for 1A

Workload and expectations

Term time

Each year of the Computer Science course is organised into four strands and the amount of work in each strand ranges from 8 to 12 hours per week. This translates to 48 hours a week in the most intense periods of study. Typically, per strand, this would likely be 3 hours of lectures, 2 hours private preparation for lectures, 1 supervision, 3 hours of private preparation for supervision, and 3 hours of practical work (including preparation for the practical).

Vacations

2.5 hours per weekday

Exams

84 hours of exam revision, 4 hours of exam supervisions, 6-12 hours of examinations (varies for each year group).

Practical work

Details of practical ticks can be found in Head of Department Notices. Further information can be found on individual course websites. Some practicals are run as drop-in sessions whilst others require attendance. Do read the course guidance carefully.

Exams advice

The main exams take place in June. You can find exam timetables and other information here, including the structure of the exam papers and formal notices about deadlines for practical work together with some useful information and tips on how to be successful in your exams.

Lecture attendance

All CST students are expected to attend all lectures in-person where possible. All lectures will be recorded (and distributed as dictated by the department Lecture Recording Policy).

Blended learning guidance

The Department plans to provide as much in-person teaching as possible during the 2022-23 academic year.  We feel strongly that our teaching should remain rooted in residential, in-person delivery.  However, there may be occasions where this in-person teaching is blended with online activities where it is considered a better or more suitable educational experience.  

The University has produced four short videos to help you make the most of blended learning:  

  1. What to Expect 
  2. Approaching Blended Content 
  3. Structure and Routine 
  4. Wellbeing

Student Representative

The department Staff and Student Consultative Forum (SSCoF) meets twice termly. Do contact your Student Representative with any suggestions or problems you feel should be discussed at the meeting. Find your Rep’s contact details here.