Response to 2014/15 survey feedback.
The INF1-CL course is running in 2015/16.
I have taken note of the feedback provided through the Student Online Survey. I have the following responses/clarifications:
- This course introduces you to several fundamental concepts that you will use in many different situations later in your studies. Passing the exam is necessary for progression, and demonstrates the basic understanding required for further study.
- Any non-examinable content (we will cover somewhat more in twenty hours than can be examined exhaustively in two) is intended to give you a deeper understanding that wil stand you in good stead for future years. It is often more challenging than the core material. Experience shows that many of you will find some of this material confusing, at least initially, but that most of you will also find it more interesting than the bare bones of the syllabus.
- For all your university courses, you will have to be organised, and do a lot of work in your own time. In preparation for an unknown future, this is one of the most valuable thing we can teach you.
- Finally, I hope, and expect, that the course will be less disorganised this year. Last year was the first delivery of a fairly major revision of the course. Many errors in the slides (all of those that came to light) have been corrected, and I hope that at least some of the confusions encountered by your predecessors can be avoided this year.
Michael Fourman, August 2015.