Present: Alex, Kendal for ITO, student reps.
Randomness and Computation
Complaints had been received from students about the Lecturer Ilias Diakonikolas being 20 minutes late on a few occasions. This was raised with the lecturer who clarified that he was late on 2 occasions and only by 10 minutes due to personal appointments overrunning. He has apologised for this. It was also mentioned that Ilias uses the blackboard during his lecture, and there are no notes for the course. If you miss a lecture, the only fallback is the textbook. It would be useful to have notes or at least a summary. Coursework seems to be taken from a textbook and not put together by the lecturer. This has been raised and next session all coursework will be written by the lecturer.
Students had asked David Aspinall if it is possible to have a revision tutorial before the exam, as this is a new course, it would be good to have some kind of idea of what to expect in the exam. David Aspinall said that this wasn’t possible as the course has already exceeded its budget for this year. Alex agreed that it would be useful to find extra money for this, and this has since been done.
Natural Language Understanding
Issues with the TA have continued. Apparently he gives conflicting advice to different students. Apart from the issues with the coursework and TA this year, students felt that this was one of the most interesting and challenging courses for final-year students.
Introduction to Vision and Robotics
Michael Hermann forwarded a repsonse to student complaints about the quantity of coursework (which has been reduced considerably this year). He feels that students have failed to make use of the assistance provided for the coursework. He ran supervised labs, and they were very poorly attended.
Informatics 2B – Algorithms, Data Structures, Learning
The complaints in the previous meeting about errors in the code in the first coursework had been reported to Kyriakos Kalorkoti. His reply was that this was an unexpected error, discovered only 3 days before the deadline. It was quickly fixed and an extension granted commensurate with the problem.
The Reps asked if we have some sort of policy about extensions being granted if bugs are found in coursework software. Alex said we don’t, and it would probably be trickty to have a uniform policy covering all instances. Nevertheless, it would be worth thinking about.