Present: Michael, Kendal for ITO, student reps.
Informatics 1 – Cognitive Science
Michael spoke to Mirella Lapata about PPLS students struggling with the
mathematical and programming side of the course, so she is going to pair the students up with Informatics students which should help. The Reps asked if they could set up a
meeting with just INF1-CG lecturers, Michael said they should just contact the
Natural Language Understanding
After the students’ complaints about the first assignment, Michael has spoken
with the lecturers Frank Keller and Mirella Lapata who said they had addressed
the problems by issuing an extension. The students said the marks issued with
quite high, this has appeased many students. The second coursework was
out on the 11th March and due on the 25th, and students felt the deadline was a
Informatics 2B – Algorithms, Data Structures, Learning
The reps reported that faulty code had been issued for the first coursework, and that fixes
were not made available until 48 hours before the deadline. An extension was granted
over the weekend. It was stated though in the coursework that if the
algorithm doesn’t pass all unit tests 0 marks would be awarded and the
students don’t think this is fair.
Introduction to Vision and Robotics
Students complained that the coursework was too big and should be worth more
than 25% given its size. Apparently the course has been cut down by 66% from previous years, but students still feel it is too big, and only a few managed to complete it.
2. Coursework and project deadline timing
The reps said that there are a lot of deadline due in March, all about a month
before the 4th year project is due and asked why they can’t have the same
deadline date as the MSc project deadline. Michael said the reason for this
was students need to time to prepare for exams and if the deadline was any
later it would mean extending the teaching period and this is not ideal for
students who are starting jobs in the summer or need their grades back for
starting in other Universities.
The reps reported that the Latex installation on DICE machine lacks a number of packages useful for dissertations and project reports such as subcaption.
Michael said that those should be easy to add by Computing Support, students should request this via the normal support form. It is also possible to download the respective style files from the internet and simply store them in a local folder.
Taught Programme Review
This review of all our teaching is done every 5 years by a mixed panel of external and internal reviewers, and is due to be done in the Spring of 2015. Michael said it is important that the students engage in the process and would appreciate any input in the process throughout the next months. There will be a more specific process to engage students in the review, watch this space.
Next meeting: The next meeting will be held at on 26th March 2014 at 1:10pm in AT 4.14a.