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Welcome to Computer Science!. Welcome to the Centre for Excellence for Teaching and Learning Computing 2006 Winners of the IBM University Team Challenge Head of Department Professor David Budgen. Freshers’ Induction – 2006. Welcome to Durham – “The University of the Year” – LAST YEAR!!!

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Welcome to computer science
Welcome to Computer Science!

Welcome to the Centre for Excellence for Teaching and Learning Computing

2006 Winners of the IBM University Team Challenge

Head of Department

Professor David Budgen

Freshers induction 2006
Freshers’ Induction – 2006

  • Welcome to Durham –

    • “The University of the Year” – LAST YEAR!!!

  • Mr. Brendan M. Hodgson

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies & Admissions Tutor

  • B.M.Hodgson@durham.ac.uk

  • (0191 33) 41750

  • Room 1.03 (Almost Opposite Computer Science Office)

What do i do
What do I do?

  • Give Lectures

    • (Formal Aspects of Computer Science)

    • Foundations of Computer Science

  • Deal with Problems

    • Students who have (ANY) problems

    • Students who ARE problems

      • Official warnings can be issued.

  • Chair Staff/Student Committee

  • Lead the Teaching Support Group

Teaching support group
Teaching Support Group

  • Sarah Drummond

    • Computer Systems

    • Admissions

    • Much, much more

  • Stephan Jamieson

    • Java etc.

  • Janet Lavery

    • Computer Systems

  • Steven Bradley

    • Java Modules

  • Phyo Kyaw

  • Andy Hatch

Who else
Who else?


  • Kelly Clark

    • Undergraduate Secretary

  • Emma Elliott

    • Receptionist

What should you have
What should you have?

  • Slides

  • Timetable

  • Module Descriptions

    • Programming and Data Structures

    • Formal Aspects (of Computer Science)

    • Computer Systems

    • Foundations (of Computer Science) ??

  • Photo “Name Plate”

  • “Notes on Assessment” Sheets

  • Map

  • University Registration Form (YOU brought it)

  • Departmental Registration Form

  • Freshers’ Agenda

  • Library Pack

  • BCS (x2)

  • Signature List – at some point


  • Email (Email and more Email)

    • Lots of different mailing lists

    • Why not have a special “official” mail folder TO KEEP?

  • Web

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/cs.internal/undergrad/

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/CompSci/ug/notices/

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/b.m.hodgson/db

  • DUO (Durham University Online) –

    • http://duo.dur.ac.uk/

  • Notices – First Floor (from the front) of the department

    • Not very many are used

Duo durham university online
DUO (Durham University Online)

  • http://duo.dur.ac.uk/

  • This is NOT the same as the WWW

    (but many people think it is)

  • Many Colleges and Departments rely heavily on DUO

    • The Computer Science department uses it as little as possible BUT a lot of Computer Science information is accessible via DUO although it is generally easier to access it directly.

  • Most departmental links that you would need are available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/b.m.hodgson/db/

Departmental links in common use
Departmental Links in Common Use

  • YOUR page

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/b.m.hodgson/db

  • Electronic Submission of Work

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/cs.submission

  • Computer Science Module Information

    • “Lecture Support Pages”

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/cs.internal/undergrad/materials

  • Computer Science Questionnaires

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/cs.questionnaire

Computer science degrees
Computer Science Degrees

  • G400Computer Science

  • G401 Computer Science (Euro Studies)

  • G600 Software Engineering

    These are all treated the same in the First TWO years

  • CFG0 Joint Honours Computer Science and Mathematics - as part of Natural Sciences

First year modules 2006
First Year Modules – 2006

4 Compulsory Modules for Single Honours

  • 101082 Programming and Data Structures (PDS)

  • 101021 Formal Aspects of Computer Science (FA)

  • 101071 Computer Systems (CSys)

    Other Computer Science Modules

  • 101011 Introduction to Programming (IP)

    • Not possible

  • 101041 Foundations of Computer Science (FCS)

    • Not suitable with A-Level Maths

  • One or two outside the department

  • Electives that might be suitable
    “Electives” that MIGHT be suitable

    Anthropology 3 Human Origins & Diversity

    Archaeology 9 Intro to Archaeology

    Biology 2? Core Skills for Biology

    Business School 1 Intro to management Very Popular

    Chemistry 3 Molecules in Action

    Earth Science 6 Earth Materials

    Economics 5? Elements of Economics / Economic Methods Business /

    Business Accounting & Finance / Intro to Environmental Economics

    Education ? Learning and Teaching

    Engineering 1 Technology for the Modern World Extremely Popular

    English 9 Intro to Drama

    Geography 5 IT and Skills for Geography

    History 11

    Languages French - German - Italian - Spanish - Russian Different Levels

    Maths 9 DAMS / Single Maths A

    Music 5 Musical Techniques

    Physics 4 Astronomy for all Extremely Popular

    Philosophy 7 Logic / Knowledge & Reality / Ethics Very good esp. Logic

    Politics 8 Into to Politics: State and Society / Intro to Islam

    Psychology 2 Intro to Psychological Research

    Sociology 4 Culture & Society

    Sport 4 Sport in Society

    Theology 7 God and the World / Study of Religions / New Testament Greek

    First year modules lecture times
    First Year Modules – Lecture Times

    • Programming and Data Structures

      • Thursday 4.15

      • Monday 4.15

      • Tuesday 4.15

    • Formal Aspects of Computer Science

      • Friday 1.15

      • Monday 2.15

    • Computer Systems

      • Monday 11.00

      • Monday 3.15

    • Foundations of Computer Science

      • Friday 11.00

      • Monday 9.00

    First year modules practical times
    First Year Modules – Practical Times

    • Programming and Data Structures

      • FIVE 2-hour Sessions

      • You do TWO of them

    • Formal Aspects of Computer Science

      • Four 2-hour Sessions

      • You do ONE of them

    • Computer Systems

      • Three 2-hour Sessions

      • You do ONE of them

    • Foundations of Computer Science

      • ONE 1-hour Session

      • Thursday 5.15

        You will be allocated – AFTER THURSDAY - to practical sessions that fit in with your other modules.

    Electives to be passed with 40
    “Electives” – to be passed with 40%

    • Choose a USEFUL module

      • Maths, Business, Psychology etc.

    • Choose a language

      • Hebrew, Japanese, French etc.

    • Choose an INTERESTING and ENJOYABLE module

      • Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics, Economics etc. etc. etc.

    • Choose an ESCAPE ROUTE!

      They must NOT clash with Lectures but MAY clash with practicals.

    Second year modules
    Second Year Modules

    • No Options

      • Software Applications

      • Software Engineering

      • Computer Systems II

      • Programming and Reasoning

      • Theory of Computation

    Third year modules
    Third Year Modules

    • Fairly wide choice of modules

      • Individual Project

      • Four “taught” modules

    Exams and assessment
    Exams and Assessment

    • Paper (in May/June) and Practical

      • Normally 2:1 (except 2:3 in PDS)

    • How to Fail

      • Fail to get 40% IN THE MODULE

    • Collections

      • First week of Epiphany Term (Week 11)

      • Do NOT count towards final module mark, therefore

        • Don’t waste time preparing for them!!!!!!

        • Do your very best and get an idea of how well you are doing

    Advisors tutors

    • Each student has a member of staff as his/her Advisor

    • Your Advisor does not do your work for you!

    • Your Advisor can advise you!

    • Your Advisor will be told if you “do wrong”.

    • Your Advisor can be asked for a reference.

    Staff student consultative committee
    Staff Student (Consultative) Committee

    • The SSC is :-

      • The correct channel for feedback

      • The correct channel for complaints

      • The correct channel for consultation

      • The correct channel for praise(????)

    • Alternatively see me (or Sarah or …)

    • DO NOT LEAVE a problem hidden

    • Class Reps will be chosen in a week or so

    Teaching and learning
    Teaching and Learning

    • Not the same as school

    • Lectures, Practicals, work in “your own time”

    • It should be YOUR OWN WORK (mainly) BUT you should help each other

    • Plagiarism policy

      • Not all copying is Plagiarism

        You MUST cite all sources (like they do in Arts subjects)

      • Collusion is a connected but different problem

    • You have Lectures not Lessons

    • ASK questions – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    • It is vital to meet deadlines –

      • See “Policy on Late Hand-In of Work”


    Medical and other good cause evidence
    Medical and other “Good Cause” Evidence

    • We need to know if you are unable to attend what you ought to attend or to do the work you ought to do!

    • Tell us – We are very reasonable

    • Evidence must be provided BEFORE exam boards.

    • Self-certification is OK for non-assessed work

    • You may need “Yellow Forms” and MCFs!

    University registration form
    University Registration Form

    • It has your STUDENT ID NUMBER (Banner Number)

    • Get it signed now or later – by a member of staff

    • Go to the other departments

    • Return it to D117 (Tuesday) or ER140 (Tues or Wed)

      • Make any necessary corrections to the data

      • Then you can get to use the Library and computers!

    • What if you change your mind???

    Library h ttp www dur ac uk library fresher s
    Library http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/freshers

    • Induction Tours – (COMPULSORY)

      • Thursday morning 9.00 or 11.30 [TWO Groups A-L or M-Z]

    • On-line Training

      • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/ug/induction

    • Introductory Workshops

      • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/freshers/bookings/

    • Make your own exploration. It has LOTS of books in it.

    • Look at your College Libraries.

    Safety issue
    Safety Issue

    • There is a BIG new building going up next door

    • Keep OUT!

    • More importantly, be careful about the lorries etc.

    • Be aware of their route!

    • They may well not take care of YOU!

    • http://www.dur.ac.uk/healthandsafety/office

    One-Way System for vehicles

    Construction Traffic

    University deliveries only

    Departmental registration form
    Departmental Registration Form

    • You need your Student Number

    • The form must be filled in and SIGNED!

    • What if you change your mind?

      • Fill in another one and let us know.

      • This is NOT a problem.


    • You need to get yet another photograph taken

      • For the department (and its web pages)

      • Tuesday 9.30 – 4.30

      • E240 in Engineering

      • Opposite the Engineering Coffee Bar


      • DO NOT FORGET!

        • Students who do forget will have their bodies photographed after they have been garrotted and eviscerated – and will have AWFUL photos on their web-pages for the next three years!

    It service
    IT Service

    • You MUST Register with ITS

      You NEED a Campus Card or else …..

      • CG66 (Monday to Wednesday) – until 6.00 or 8.00 or 7.00.

      • CM117 (Thursday to Friday) – 9.00 until 5.00

      • Helpdesk (after that)

    • ITS is not Computer Science

    • Absolutely important to read email

    • See ITS about ESOL (En-Suite On-Line)

    Personal development plans planning
    Personal Development Plans/Planning

    • PDPs are mandatory for all universities.

    • Durham started a year early

    • It is optional – but very useful – for students.

    • Shared between Colleges and Departments.

    • Much will be on-line

    • More details will follow

    Freshers party
    Freshers’ Party

    • Monday NEXT week (October 9th)

    • 5.15 p.m. in the Coffee Room

    • Meet your Advisor/Tutor

    • Meet your fellow students

    • Meet the staff

    Computer access
    Computer Access

    • You get your username and password when you register.

    • You register after checking (possibly on-line) which modules you want to do!!!

    • BUT you can currently access web browsers via ITS machines

      • Username = “fresher”

      • Password = “fresher”

    • This is temporary

    • Do you want to join the University Computing Society?

    What next
    What next????

    • Pick your modules

    • See me if necessary

    • Hand in your forms

      • Departmental Registration Form

      • University Registration Firm

    • Get

      • Campus Card (CG66 >> CM117 >> Helpdesk)

      • Photograph

    • Find your way around

      • Where is the department?

      • Where are your lectures?

      • Where are the practicals?

      • Where are other departments?

  • Don’t forget the Thursday Induction Courses (Library and Department)

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