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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


    Stage 1 computing

    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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