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First Year Tutorials

Welcome to the web pages of the first year tutorials.

During their first year of study students have weekly one-hour tutorial sessions with their academic tutor, usually at the pre-allocated timeslot in the timetable (12noon on Wed for 2014/15), but other arrangements are possible.

The goal of these tutorials is to provide the students with useful guidance, inspiration and further context regarding their computer science studies. The focus of tutorials may vary and could cover some transferrable skills (e.g. presentation skills), the way things work in the department or events on the academic calendar (e.g. upcoming exams).

During these tutorials the students and academic tutor will get to know each other, so that the tutor can also provide advice regarding personal issues if required. This relationship will continue in later years without any formal weekly tutorials associated. Although informal, tutorials are an important instrument to make the student acquainted with academic life, hence attendance is compulsory and will be recorded. Occasionally, the tutorials may link to the core units of the first year or students may be asked to prepare something in advance of the tutorial, such as a presentation on a CS-related topic.

Core Units in Year 1:

Programming and Algorithms I
Programming and Algorithms II
Introduction to Computer Architecture
Mathematical Methods for Computer Scientists

Theory of Computation

Suggestions for Content

The following table gives a list of topic suggestions that may be discussed during the academic year. The format of the tutorials, however, is free - so tutors and students are encouraged to come up with their own proposals to make the most out of the weekly session.

week 0 regular tutorial slot arranged
weeks 1-3 overview of year 1;

ways of working in the department (lectures, coursework, ethics);

optional units
weeks 4-6 research and study
weeks 7-9 presentations
weeks 10-12 exam preparation; one-on-one tutorials
Christmas break and January exams
weeks 13-15 exam experience and results
weeks 16-18 academic writing
weeks 19-21 looking ahead at year 2
weeks 22-24 group projects; one-on-one tutorials
May-June exams

Topics proposed by lecturers