Minutes of Meeting on 30/10/2015

Some students said there was an issues with Mike Fourman using a laser pen on his lecture slides.

The Rep said there was confusion about the sign on the front of the building, stating Communications and Marketing and not Informatics.

Kendal has requested a cost for this and awaiting Kate Farrow checking if Martin Wright will pay for this.  Kendal also spoke to Estates about a sign at the bottom of the street but they are not legally allowed to put anything on a building, this would be a Council issues.

There was major issues with SELP being cancelled at the last minute and students having to take either CSLP or AILP, 70% of the class joined CSLP.  The cap on the 90% 100% rule for CSLP has now been taken away, previously if you submitted the week before the deadline you would only get 90% of the mark, but this has now been abolished and an extension to the deadline has been given.

No issues, the Reps asked who was responsible for Concessions and Bjoern informed them it was himself.

Air Conditioning is an issue at some points of the room, this is being looked into.

There has been a huge MSc intake for 2015/2016 in nearly 300 students accepting the School’s offer.  This has had an impact on Teaching and Staffing, these problems are being addressed.  There was a delay in allocating Personal Tutors which caused a few of the courses to reach their capacities before some students could get their PT to register them on them.

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Student Rep Meetings in 2015/2016

The new academic year has started and we’re about to start with our series of Student Rep meetings as soon as the student reps have been confirmed.

The first of our weekly Student Rep meetings will be on Wednesday, September 30. The meetings will take place at 1pm in Forrest Hill – Room 3.D03.


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Minutes of Meeting on 25th March

INF1-CG the Piazza group has now been set up by Mirella.  A mock exam paper would be good to give the students some idea of what to expect in the exam.

Computer Security, Myrto is still having special circumstances and the 2nd coursework  will be realised this week and will have a deadline for the feedback to be returned in plenty of time before the exam on the 14th May.  The course’s Teaching Assistant will be holding a lecture this week and there will be the final 2 lectures next week.

The students asked why the Reinforcement Learning courseworks have not been returned to the ITO but the feedback has.  Kendal checked this after the meeting and the marks were in Theon but they hadn’t been released, this has now been done.

It was asked again by the Reps if Semester 1 lectures could hold revision lectures before the May diet, Colin suggested asking the lectures direct.

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Minutes of Meeting on March 11th

In Cog Sci there  is a  great deal of  proposed readings so  a recommended reading guide would be useful. The students have reported that Richard Shillcock’s slides have few words, and that  the tables and charts are too small to be seen in lectures.

INF2D the students reported that there is not enough preparation for Prolog and they are struggling with it.
INF2B the lecture notes are very good,  however the Learning part of  the course needs more examples in lectures.

Computer Security lecturer has cancelled another lecture but this was due to special circumstances.
Foundations of Natural Language Processing is reported to be a very good course.
Enterprise Computing the students feel the course has no content.
Software Testing tutorials it is reported that if the students don’t get 100% in the tutorial sheet then they can’t attend a tutorial.  Also the lecturers are cancelled without any warning,  there is a lack of communication from the lecturer.
System Design Project issues with the marking scheme, there appears to be no kind of structure to gaining marks and receiving penalties when not engaging with  group participation.
Agent Based Systems coursework was badly worded with bad specifications, but the lecturer is very good.
Computer Architecture the students are very pleased with the lecturers.

Computer Security coursework is due too close to the  Dissertation deadline.
Introductory Applied Machine Learning there are 3 or 4 practical exercises for the exams but there doesn’t appear to be any exam solutions on-line.  Non-Honours are the only exams that are published on-line.
Advanced Vision students enjoy the course but they can’t see the slides in the videos that are used in the lecture.
Introduction to Vision and Robotics the lecture is used more like a question time, which makes the attendance vary.
Could there be more guidance and information on self proposed projects.

Agent Based System and Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning have the same deadline date but PMR was released late.
Advanced Databases feedback is too  general the students feel a more detailed feedback would be more helpful.

Students asked if it could be compulsory for Semester One courses to have a revision lecture before the May exams.
They also asked when the progression to Dissertation decision will be released;  the exam board is on the 1st June, so it will be shortly after that date.

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Minutes of Meeting on February 25th

INF1-CG students said that Richard Shillcock’s slides were mostly pictures so they spend a lot of time making notes from what he says; they would prefer slides with bullet points.  Also Mirella asks questions in the lectures expecting the students to shout out the answer but they don’t like this, as they feel it is a bit like being at school.

There was no issues with UG2, the Reps are going to re-introduce themselves to the year.

Students  found milestone  2 of SDP very time consuming, it is taking up a lot of their time. Enterprise Computing the students feel the course has no real content, the lectures are good but the students are feeling anxious about the exam as they are unsure of what they are to be examined on.
Software Testing is reported to be very vague, the tutorials are good but they aren’t done in any order, they feel deadlines for the tutorials would be good to encourage students to do them.
Computer Security has a new lecturer this year and the students aren’t enjoying the lectures, they also said that a tutorial sheet that was due to be done by 10am was realised at 1am that morning.

There was no issues with UG4, the students are working on their UG4 projects as well as semester two coursework deadlines.

IRR feedback is still not back and IRP deadline is in 6 weeks.
Data Integration and Exchange slides are difficult to find.
Computational Complexity deadline is due 6th March and it was meant to be released on Monday 23rd February but it hasn’t.

Students asked where you could find help and information on going abroad, this can be dealt with by the International Office at 33 Buccleuch Place.

Students asked if we could create a Google calender with events, rather than get bombarded with emails, a central location of all events would be more useful.

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Minutes of meeting on February 11th

Students are happy with the way the courses are being taught and well organised.

Probability lectures are good.  The students taking INF2B are finding Hiroshi’s lectures hard to understand, with the language, mixed up algebra and no examples.

No Rep attendance this week, students are busy with the System Design Project.

No issues.

Project allocations were 2 days late.
Students are complaining the IRR feedback is still not back.
Students have had an issue with NLU coursework but they have spoken to Frank Keller.

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Minutes of meeting on January 28th

Everything is reported to be doing fine.  A lot of the students were happy with their exam results for INF1-CL and gave praise to Mike Fourman who apparently sat up until after midnight  days before the exam replying to all the students questions.  The Reps are going to do their own student survey to get some feedback.

It was reported that an INF2B tutor asked his tuttees if they had done the tutorial sheet and no-one had so the tutor walked out!

Students are still waiting on their coursework marks for Professional Issues, but Phil Wadler has been in hospital, it was reported the ITO now has the marks so they will shortly be available.
The reps mentioned that the IVR Lectures weren’t informative enough, and they felt they weren’t getting anything from them, there is to much time spent on answering questions.

The Rep needs to speak to Bjoern Franke regarding Embedded Software coursework.

Innovative Learning Week has no teaching in this week but it was reported that the TDD lecturer is planing to do one.
SAPM week 1 lectures was cancelled and again in week 3 and ST has cancelled some lectures, the students are worrying they are missing out.  The Reps informed the others that ST coursework is similar every year and to look at last years coursework to get a rough idea of what it will be.

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Minutes of meeting 21st January

Colin introduced Bjoern Franke as the  School’s new Deputy Director of Teaching.

The student survey is now available for the students to complete, and Colin has encouraged the Reps to encourage the other students to take part in completing them.

Maths tutorials started in week 1, and the INF2 Rep reported that there were unorganised.

INF2B students reported that they were pleased with the student packs that they were given at the start of the Semester containing lecture notes and tutorial sheets for the rest of the semester.

It was reported that for some of the courses including  Machine Translation, Advanced Databases and Parallel Programming Languages and Systems the rooms were at their capacity with students.  Colin said these should settle down after the course choices are made as the deadline is 12 noon on Friday 23rd January.  If the rooms are still full, then these will be looked at by the ITO.

Some of IAML coursework feedback has still not been returned (and was  due 5th December 2014).  Colin has met with Nigel Goddard today and this was a problem due to the markers not returning the marks in time, he has assured Colin these will be back by the end of the week.

Distributed Systems was reported to have insufficient feedback, students could run the programme on their own PC’s but to submit the submission via a DICE machine, if it didn’t work then the feedback stated, it did not work.  It was reported that some students did run the programme on DICE and it did work, more feedback is required.

QSX and DIE web pages are not up to date.

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Minutes of meeting 19th November

INF1-FP Tutorials are not as engaging as they should be, all the
tutorial work is auto graded, so therefore the tutorials are going over
the solutions but not giving instructions as to how they got to the
final solution.  In the Linear Algebra Maths tutorials the students work in groups helping one another work towards the tutorial solutions.
Informatics students believe this would be better for them as well.

INF1-CL some of the students are not sure why they are doing the Logic
part of the course, but Logic is used in various courses after first year.
It is a new lecturer this year who has changed some  of the course content.  It was also mentioned that INF1-CL has a 100% worth exam and a 0% worth coursework, the students felt it was not worth doing the coursework as it isn’t graded but feel it should be to motivate the students to do it and would have a better engagement in tutorials, to have something to work on.

DMMR Coursework 8 caused some confusion there was errors in the hand
out, it was decided that all students who submitted would be awarded
full marks 11/11. It was mentioned that the students felt there was inconsistencies in the difference in marks depending on the tutors.  Colin said marking
instructions are given to the tutors but some are more lenient than others.

Lots of week 10 coursework deadlines.
OS Lecturer is said to be lacking in confidence, he is new to the course and is using the lecture slides from last year.  The 1st coursework was hard.

One student had asked one of the Reps who he could talk to about lack of support from his 4th Year project Supervisor,  Colin said the student should  talk to Don Sannella.

Students doing RSS in Semester 2 said there are no courses available in
Semester 1 that teaches them C Programming, a course teaching this would be useful to gain more knowledge.
IJP 1st coursework was out 2 weeks ago but the students are not happy
with their results, the students have spoken to Paul Anderson and he has given more feedback since.

Appleton Tower will close for refurbishment in the Summer of 2015 and Informatics labs and the ITO will be moving into Forrest Hill hopefully for one academic year;
tutorials  in 2015/16 may  be all over the the central area as Forrest Hill has not got enough teaching space.

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Minutes of meeting 12th November

INF2A Coursework One has been marked and returned on time. Alex Simpson has emailed out to say that his taking part in the marking boycott which may affect the 2nd coursework for INF2A.  Lecturers are asked to tell the students if they are taking part in the boycott but not necessarily anyone else.

ADS students said they  were late  receiving their coursework marks back, but ADS does not have a marker, so Mary had to mark them herself.  There was an extension of one day granted to the 2nd coursework.
There are a lot of deadlines next week, week 10, some students have 2 or 3 coursework deadlines in one day. It was asked why TTS and IAML have 4 courseworks each, they feel that it is too many and they are spending more than 20 hours per submission. (Comments passed to the lecturers.)
The amount of coursework set for these courses can be brought up in the Board of Studies. DBS coursework 2 was released  2 weeks ago but the content  of the coursework has just been covered in the lectures.

CCS coursework comments were a bit random and some calculations were unmarked, they are  being remarked. CG courseworks 1 and 2 are both worth 50% but the students felt that coursework 2 was much more time consuming to be worth the same as the 1st one. 4th Year Projects, some students felt the group meetings were not as constructive as they had hoped for.

EXC feedback from the coursework was excellent, very informative and useful for the 2nd submission.

Colin asked how the BCS meeting went as the feedback he got from it wasn’t great.  The students said the meeting was only half an hour so they didn’t have much time to give out the positive views, so it mainly focused on the negative.  Colin said the  BCS report will be available after February 2015.

There was some talk on the School’s 0% late policy, this has been in place for a couple of years now;  students can obtain extensions from course organisers if  there is a  valid reason.

There was concern about about the hardware that  SLIP uses; the students feel it  is out of date and they would prefer to use a more modern  and widely supported open source  platform such  as arduino. (Comment has been passed on to the lecturer.)

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th November at 1.10pm

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