Registration, courses, coursework and exams
There are many similarities in course structure between first and second year:
There are also some important differences to first year:
You must contact your Personal Tutor in order to register or change your course options.
You will automatically be registered for the core courses that are required for your degree, but (unless you are on a joint degree) you will normally also need to register for some outside courses.
If you are resitting courses failed previously, your PT will also need to register you for those.
Your outside courses must be at level 7 or level 8, and you must have fulfilled any prerequisites. You also need to make sure the lectures and tutorials fit into your schedule. A full load of courses is 120 credits, and it is strongly recommended that you take 60 credits in each semester. If you wish to overload in one or both semesters, please discuss your reasons with your Personal Tutor.
Some courses (notably language courses) have limited capacity and fill up early, so it's good to contact your PT as soon as possible if you want one of these, and to have a back-up plan.
There are various tools to help you view course options:
Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS): Click through to this year's DRPS to browse all courses across the University.
PATH: A support tool with a nicer interface for choosing optional courses, checking your timetable, and building your degree programme.
List of common outside courses: A document put together yearly by one of the lecturers in Informatics, this lists some of the more common choices for 1st and 2nd year options, along with any possible timetabling conflicts with required Informatics courses.
The formal requirements for your degree are set out in the Degree Programme Tables, the Informatics courses available to students in the second year are listed below.
|Informatics 2A - Processing Formal and Natural Languages||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2B - Algorithms, Data Structures, Learning||Semester 2||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2C - Introduction to Computer Systems||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2C - Introduction to Software Engineering||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2D - Reasoning & Agents||Semester 2||School web page||University descriptor|
|Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Reasoning||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
Note that both exam and coursework marks count in obtaning a passing mark.
The following courses require 40% marks overall (exam+coursework):
The following courses require 40% in exam and 40% overall(exam+coursework):
For further information on assessment and requirements for progression, please see the Assessment page.
Coursework deadlines for each course will be announced at the beginning of the semester, normally on the course web page. We do our best not to have large clusters of deadlines but you will also need to plan ahead. Do not start on your courseworks at the last minute. You will also need to manage your time to balance work on assessed coursework with revision of lecture materials and tutorials, which are all important in learning the material for exams.
Because turning in assignments late often has cascading effects on other courseworks and revision, Informatics has a very strict submission policy. Coursework that is submitted after the deadline will receive a mark of 0. Course lecturers may not grant extensions, only the course organizer can do so. If you feel you have a good reason to need an extension, read the coursework late submission policy in full before lodging any request.
The following links contain further essential information regarding coursework submissions.
|Academic Misconduct, including Plagiarism||The University's code of discipline and policy on plagiarism|
|Informatics Guidelines for Good Scholarly Practice||The School's advice and policy on plagiarism|
|Coursework, Assessment and Feedback||Information about coursework accompanying taught courses|
|Late Coursework Submission & Extension Requests||School policy on the acceptance of late submissions|