COMPX151-19B (HAM)

The Computing Experience

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science


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Paper Description

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This paper provides an introduction to the wealth of computer tools available for application in the sciences, the arts, and other disciplines. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme to give an overview of the nature and use of computers. A wide range of practical exercises is provided. You tailor the paper to your own needs and interests by selecting an appropriate set of these exercises. There are introductory practical sessions catering to the needs of those who have not used a computer before. More advanced exercises extend and challenge those with previous computing experience. The paper is recommended to students from all disciplines as an important contribution to a modern education. For summer school this paper is "self-paced" and can easily be fitted around summer work. There is also no exam for this paper.
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Paper Structure

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Lectures: This paper has one introductory lecture: See the Official Timetable Information for where and when.

Labs: The paper is primarily of a practical nature, working through a laboratory program during supervised labs, and unsupervised preparation, each week. The laboratory program is organised as a program of nine modules. These are intended to occupy one week each in the A or B Semester. A module will relate to a software package, or combination of software and associated hardware.

Modules are divided into two categories: P1s are introductions/laboratory exercises in using particular software packages. These are available for users at various levels of competency. Some of these lead onto further P1s. Each P1 consists of approximately 5 hours of laboratory work. The work is to a large extent guided, allowing you to develop skills. P2s are assignment/project work based on software introduced in the P1s. Each P2 will require approximately 5 hours of laboratory work, plus preparation of material to complete the module. They are intended to provide a higher level of work, and are correspondingly more demanding.

Online: Students will use Moodle to post regular updates on their progress and reflections on what they have learnt.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate competent use of a selection of software packages
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  • Explain the general concepts that relate to these packages
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. First P2
16 Aug 2019
4:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. All P1s (6-8)
11 Oct 2019
1:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lab
3. All other P2 (up to 2)
18 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Moodle Participation
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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A workbook has been written by the Department of Computer Science to provide students with information necessary to complete the coursework. It is available from Campus Copy. Some modules may recommend further reading. Further modules not in the workbook will be available from the tutors.
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As a 15pt course it is anticipated students will spend 10-12/hours per week on this paper. Generally this will consist of 1-2 hours preparation for laboratories, 4 hours formal contact in laboratories, and the remainder in private study to complete the required tasks.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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There is no formal follow on to this paper. However many students chose to explore further applications in DSIGN125, COMPX251 or COMPX252.

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Restricted papers: COMP123

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