Before you get here
A list of resources to get ready for your courses with basic knowledge in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mathematics
Probably you realised when choosing your degree, that all the Undergraduate degrees in the School of Informatics have a large amount of mathematics both in the first year and throughout the degree programme.
Mathematics syllabus differ widely. For example, you may have done Alevel Mathematics but the syllabus is different internationally and some students will have done Further Maths as well. Others of you may have studied Advanced Higher Mathematics but not completed all units. As a result, there may be gaps in your knowledge.
To help you prepare, here are some links to useful resources before the first semester which are all aimed at sixthform/preuniversity level. If you didn’t do some of these topics, didn’t really understand them or have simply forgotten them, you would find these resources valuable preparation for university level mathematics.
Vectors
 A mp4 video introduction to vectors
 Cartesian components of vectors
 The scalar product
 The vector product
Matrices
 Powerpoints and two videos with simple introduction to matrices, matrix addition, subtraction and multiplication
 Two videos on matrix transformations
Set theory
 An introduction to set theory – Lecture Number 5 (start at 1min 26secs to skip review of previous lecture)
Functions
Introduction to functions:
Composition of functions:
Inverse of functions:
Proof
Good explanations of mathematical induction:
Computer Science
Here are some good little books for short introductions to Computer Science, AI and Big Data:
 'Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction'
 'Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction'
 'Big Data: A Very Short Introduction'

'Logic: A Very Short Introduction' (for a more challenging read)
and some TED videos as an introduction to Cognitive Science:
Some Information for new students
Each Informatics student is assigned a personal tutor to support their learning and are supported by the Student Support Team and a student helpdesk called InfBase. There is a guide for new students in Informatics where you can find useful facts.
 More about personal tutors
 More about the Student Support team
 More about InfBase
 New students' handbook
 More about teaching in Informatics
Once semester has started you will find InfPals a great source of help for the first year. This is peerassisted learning to support your studies.
Also, look out for the Programming Club which meets every week for a fun activity in programming:
The University also provides a website with lots of useful information: