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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 at least 6 weekly one-hour tutorial sessions with their academic tutor per term, usually at the pre-allocated timeslot in the timetable, 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. Tutors and tutees should still meet at least annually, ideally once per teaching block then. 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
TB1 overview of year 1;

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

optional units
research and study
exam preparation; one-on-one tutorials
Christmas break and January exams
TB2 exam experience and results
academic writing
looking ahead at year 2
group projects; one-on-one tutorials
May-June exams

Topics proposed by lecturers