Elizabeth Mortimer the new Careers Consultant for Informatics, from the Careers Service joined us this week to introduce herself. She gave a brief description of what she does that can help students, such as help with CV’s, Job Internships, etc..
She asked the students if they had any suggestion of things the Careers Service can help with. Some suggestions were it would be helpful if they could find feedback of PhD programmes and further study. The students said it was quite difficult to get an appointment with the Careers Service, Elizabeth said there are 40/50 slots per day but fill up very quickly. She said she would consider doing a drop in service to Informatics but when she had worked out her calendar for the following months, she would be in touch and try and advertise this on the Facebook page.
It was reported that INF1-FP Tutor had made a female student cry in the tutorial. Colin will look into this. (Alex and I sent out email “tips for tutors” to all tutors.)
INF1-CL lectures held by Michael Fourman were reported to be disorganised, they are not making any sense and all over the place. The students are finding it hard to understand. (Mike Fourman will produce extra notes to clarify.)
Informatics 2 – Introduction to Computer Systems is a 10 credit course and the coursework for Computer Systems is taking up too much time. The students taking INF2A which is a 20 credit course feel like the INF2A coursework is being affected due to the time they have to spend doing Computer Systems. Computer Systems was awarded a deadline extension and the students feel they would not have got it finished if this was granted. (Colin talked to the lecturer about this.)
The reps said that DMMR revision tutorials would be good, as INFFBase doesn’t teach DMMR. It was asked if Informatics could employ someone that could teach it in the Maths Base. The reps asked if the DMMR lecture videos could be put on-line but Colin said DMMR is not being recorded this year. (DMMR will have revision lectures in Week 11.)
Feedback from the IAML coursework was reported to have not been very informative, there was a general feedback sheet that went back with the coursework but the individual feedback on the actual coursework was not enough for the students.
Professional Issues the reps said that Phil Wadler and Michael Fourman who teach the course don’t have any time to give any lectures, they are mostly guest lectures. It was reported that this years exam will be an Open Book exam. Alex has spoken to Phil about his 0.5% penalty to students who don’t attend lectures. Apparently Phil asked the students if they were agreeing to this penalty in the first lecture and the students did agree.
One student has reported to have been trying to get a hold of Sethu Vijayakumar with no luck regarding his 4th year project. Colin said students should be allocated a 4th Year Project Supervisor by the end of the summer, so he will look into this as a matter of urgency. (The student is from Mechanical Engineering and Colin emailed them that Engineering are responsible for project supervison.)
The INF1-CG students asked if the school could find funding to employ a tutor to help them with the Maths part of the course. Colin will look into this.
Lecturers should encourage classes to form study groups amongst themselves.
It was asked if Colin could wear a mic in his DMMR lectures.
Week 8’s meeting will be moved to week 9, Wednesday 12 November at 1pm, in Room 4.14, Appleton Tower.