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Stage 1 Computing. Studying at University. Taking notes …. … is an essential skill If there are handouts An extra aid to memory Reinforce key points If there aren’t handouts The only aid to memory Make notes in your own words and style Not necessarily the same format for every lecture

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stage 1 computing
Stage 1 Computing

Studying at University

taking notes
Taking notes …

… is an essential skill

    • If there are handouts
      • An extra aid to memory
      • Reinforce key points
    • If there aren’t handouts
      • The only aid to memory
  • Make notes in your own words and style
    • Not necessarily the same format for every lecture
    • Not necessarily the same format as others use
  • Try to file notes ASAP after the lecture
  • Copy up notes from missed sessions ASAP
taking notes1
Taking notes …

… is an essential skill

    • Skills are acquired through practice
  • Practice this one now
    • All important information can be found
      • In Stage 1 handbook
      • On CSWeb

BUT your notes

      • will be easier to understand
      • will be only of relevance to you
      • will have all the information in one place

Try to pick out just the key points

structure of year
Past names

Michaelmas term

Christmas vacation

Lent term

Easter vacation

Trinity term

Summer vacation

New names

Autumn term

Winter vacation

Spring term

Spring vacation

Summer term

Summer vacation

Structure of Year
structure of year1
Structure of Year
  • Normally
    • Autumn term – 12 weeks
    • Spring term – 12 weeks
    • Summer term – 6 weeks
  • This year
    • Autumn term – 12 weeks
    • Spring term – 10 weeks
    • Summer term – 8 weeks

Because Easter is early in 2005

structure of year2
Structure of Year
  • Autumn: 27 September – 17 December
    • Weeks 1 – 12
    • Week 7 (8 – 12 Nov) is project week
  • Spring: 10 January – 18 March
    • Weeks 13 – 22
  • Summer: 18 April – 10 June
    • Weeks 23 – 30
    • Weeks 23 & 24 (18 – 29 April) are project weeks
    • Exam period is weeks 25 – 30 (3 May – 10 June)
project weeks

Not a holiday!

Project Weeks
  • Two project weeks per year
    • Weeks 7, 23 & 24 (usually 21)
  • Normal timetable is suspended
    • No teaching on COxxx modules
    • No teaching on CBxxx modules
    • Other modules may have some teaching
  • A variety of different activities
    • projects
    • workshops
    • tests
autumn project week
Autumn Project Week
  • Study skills workshops
    • Run by Duncan Langford
  • Treasure hunt
    • By tutor group
    • Prize
  • Further details nearer the time
  • Non-CO/CB modules may continue as normal
spring project week
Spring Project Week
  • Monday & Tuesday
    • Careers sessions
    • CV writing
    • applying for Year In Industry placements
  • Wednesday onwards
    • Revision sessions for Spring term modules
  • Non-CO/CB modules may continue as normal
time management
Time Management
  • You want to:
    • Get a degree
    • Have fun
  • You may need to:
    • Do paid work
    • Look after children
  • Time planning is essential to fit it all in
concentration span
Concentration span

Concentration peak

Time for a break

Initial distractions

TIME

assessment and examination 1
Assessment and Examination (1)
  • Each module is assessed separately by continuous assessment and examination
  • Weighting varies from module to module
  • Exams are in May
    • Each module has a separate exam paper
    • Rubrics and exam lengths are displayed on notice-boards in Trinity and on CSWeb
    • Past papers are available on the web
  • Re-sit exams are in August
assessment and examination 2
20% Assess 80% Exam

CO324

CO326

CO327

CO357

AC303

CB586

EC305/6

EC309

30% Assess 70% Exam

CO320

CO322

CO325

CO520

CB300

40% Assess 60% Exam

CB302

50% Assess 50% Exam

CO321

Assessment and Examination (2)
assessment and examination 3
Assessment and Examination (3)

To pass: At least 40% in every module

  • If you don’t quite manage to pass:

If your average over all modules is ≥ 40% You may be allowed to progress

    • Compensation:
      • Up to 2 modules allowed to be < 40% but ≥ 30%

A mark < 30% in any module means a fail overall

    • Condonement:
      • Module specific
      • For illness/exceptional circumstances
      • Up to 2 modules allowed to be < 40%
assessment and examination 4
Assessment and Examination (4)
  • Computer Science
    • To pass:
      • At least 40% in every module
    • To progress:
      • An average ≥ 40%
      • ≥ 40% in 6 modules
      • ≥ 30% in 2 modules
    • Any module compensatable or condonable
assessment and examination 41
Assessment and Examination (4)
  • Computer Science & Business Admin
    • To pass:
      • At least 40% in every module
    • To progress:
      • An average ≥ 40%
      • A mark ≥ 40% in CB300
      • ≥ 40% in 4 CS modules
      • ≥ 30% in 2 CS modules
    • CB300 is not compensatable or condonable
assessment and examination 42
Assessment and Examination (4)
  • Computer Science & Man Science
    • To pass:
      • At least 40% in every module
    • To progress:
      • An average ≥ 40%
      • ≥ 40% in CB586
      • ≥ 40% in 5 other modules
      • ≥ 30% in 2 other modules
    • CB586 is not compensatable or condonable
assessment and examination 43
Assessment and Examination (4)
  • Computing & Business Admin
    • To pass:
      • At least 40% in every module
    • To progress:
      • An average ≥ 40%
      • A mark ≥ 40% in CB300
      • A mark ≥ 40% in CO357 (if taken)
      • ≥ 30% in 2 modules and ≥ 40% in rest
    • CB300 and CO357 are not compensatable or condonable
slide20

Maximising Final Outcome

  • Stage 1 marks do not count towards final degree classification
  • Stage 1 learning does
  • Higher stage 1 marks lead to higher stage 2 & 3 marks
progression
Progression

Correlation: r = 0.7

doing the work
Doing the work
  • Do attend lectures
    • Not simply following the handouts
    • Do take notes
  • Do attend classes
    • They are compulsory
    • Attendance is checked
  • Do attempt the assessments
    • They count towards the module mark
    • They are compulsory
doing the work1
Doing the work?
  • Progress monitoring
    • Occurs several times throughout the year
    • Class attendance is checked
    • Coursework submission is checked
  • Poor attendance and submission could lead to formal warnings
  • Most consistent factor in not passing
    • Poor coursework submission
illness
Illness
  • You may not always be able to attend lectures or classes or submit work on time
    • Illness, family emergency, …
  • Let us know
    • Email tutor, class supervisors, lecturers
  • Try to provide some sort of evidence
    • Note from GP, letter from family member, …
taking notes2
Taking notes …
  • Have you noted?
    • Project week dates
    • What you will be doing during project weeks
    • When exams occur
    • Non-compensatable modules you are taking
    • Who to contact if you are ill
plagiarism
Plagiarism
  • What is it?
    • Copying the work of another and presenting it as your own
    • Working jointly on a piece of work and then submitting it as if it is all your own work
    • Copying work from outside sources (books, internet) without attribution
plagiarism1
Plagiarism
  • Possible penalties
    • A mark of zero to be awarded for the (part of the) piece of work in which the plagiarism occurs  
    • Situations in which students appear to have collaborated to an unacceptable degree: marks may be divided between the students
keeping up to date
Keeping Up To date
  • Notice boards
  • Email – read it regularly
  • CS Web – www.cs.kent.ac.uk
  • Electronic newsgroups
    • ukc.cs.announce
    • ukc.cs.cs1
    • ukc.cs.applied
  • Pigeon holes
transfers
Transfers

Collect a blue transfer form from the CAS office

  • CS, CSBA, CSMS
    • Swap between the 3 CS programmes
    • To add/remove a Year in Industry

David Barnes

  • CoBA
    • CS*  CoBA
    • To add/remove a Year in Industry

Nick Ryan

Adding a Year in Industry must be done before September 2005

where to go for help
Where to go for Help
  • Tutor
  • Class supervisors, Lecturers & Convenors
  • Stage Director
  • The Learning Resources Centre
  • Student Representatives (volunteers needed)
  • Staff-Student Liaison Committee

Go sooner rather than later!

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