20 November 2019 Agenda

Agenda for Informatics Board of Studies meeting on Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 14:00hrs-16:00 hrs in Appleton Tower, Room G.05

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Welcome to all members and introductions


Draft Minutes of Previous Meeting  - 16 October 2019


Matters Arising

20112019_BoS Item 1) Approval of UNISTATS LT&A Data , and Programme Accreditation Data

Paul Gorman, Reporting Analyst, Student Data and surveys has requested that Approval of Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Accreditation information could be a standing item on BoS Agenda for Semester 1 Meetings.

Attached is a report showing all course learning, teaching and assessment information for the 2019/20 academic year which should be reviewed locally and ultimately presented to your Semester 1 Board of Studies for formal approval. Any changes should be made in DRPS before end December as Student Systems will archive the current academic year in January 2020

Note:  You can run up to date versions of this report via BI Suite.  The report is located in Public Folders -> SASG: Student Systems -> Officially Dev and Maintained -> Student -> Course Reports and is named ‘C19 – Assessment Learning and Teaching Activities Report – Update’.


Below is the up-to date Accreditation Spreadsheet which needs to be reviewed and approved by BoS on an annual basis. Note that ultimate sign-off of the data must be recorded as happening in the BoS minutes. 


20112019_BoS Item 2) New Course Proposal - Data-driven Business and Behaviour Analytics - Valerio Restocchi 

This will be a core course for MSc programmes in Advanced Financial Computing and Technology Management and Digital Future both jointly delivered by Informatics and the Business School


20112019_BoS Item 3) MSc in Business Informatics - Advanced Technology for Financial Computing  - Tiejun Ma

Updated documents following on from the 16102019 BoS Meeting.


20112019_BoS Item 4) Foundations of Data Science - Sharon Goldwater, Heather Yorston and Kobi Gal

Full Course proposal


20112019_BoS Item 5) Update to System Design Project Course Descriptor - Paul Jackson

A proposal to handle the conflict between rising student numbers and lab space capacity - 2020/21


20112019_BoS Item 6) New Course Proposal - Graduate Apprentice in Data Science Project - Heather Yorston

Proposal to increase the credits for Graduate Apprentice Placements


20112019_BoS Item 7) New Course Proposal - Theoretical Foundations of Machine Learning (TFML) - Rik Sarkar 

A proposal to satisfy some of the increasing demand for machine learning oriented courses at Informatics

AOCB (Any Other Current Business)  

To streamline and improve communication and BoS programme approval processes