23 February 2022 Agenda

Agenda for Informatics Board of Studies meeting on 23 February 2022, 14:00hrs-16:00 hrs - ONLINE - Blackboard Collaborate


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Welcome to all members and introductions

(Please note that it is intended that the session will be held via Blackboard Collaborate)


Apologies received:  Julian Bradfield, Christopher Lucas, Subramanian Ramamoorthy, Heather Yorston.


Actions from previous meeting(s):


Items 1-4:   *For Information Only*

Outcome: SG approved. 

Action: ITO to create the new courses. 


01122021_Item 1_Full Course Proposal Form_Standards Compliant Software Development [re-tabled from the last BoS] (Anderson);

Reviewed by: John Longley, Amir Shaikhha 


01122021_Item 2_Full Course Proposal Form_Knowledge Graphs (Pan);

Reviewed by: Valerio Restocchi, Michael Herrmann 


01122021_Item 3_Full Course Proposal Form_Computational Neuroscience (Hennig, Series, Chadwick);

Reviewed by: Iain Murray, Michael Herrmann 


01122021_Item 4_Full Course Proposal Form_Foundations of Cognitive Modeling (Mollica); Reviewed by: Bjoern Ross, John Longley   


Item 5:  

01122021_Item 5: Rationalizing Year 3 (Goldwater) 

Outcome: approved. 

Action1: Automated Reasoning (Level 9) to be closed for 22/23 and replaced with a Level 10 version of the same course, with changes to the course descriptor as described in Sec 2.2 of the paper. 

Action2: ITCS, ADS, and ST to be moved to Semester 1 for AY 22/23 or whenever they next run. 

Action3: BF and 3rd year organiser to continue to monitor any issues with the new arrangement.   


Item 6: 

01122021_Item 6: Moving 'Human-Computer Interaction' (HCI) INFR11017 to 20 Credits (Vaniea, Vines) 

Outcome: Design Informatics staff to discuss resourcing with BF and A Lascarides (ILCC Director) and decide whether to pursue the 20 credit version for 22/23. If so, a full course proposal will need to be submitted/approved in early spring.   


Item 7: 

01122021_Item 7: Preliminary course proposal: Computational Methods for Sustainability (Goddard) 

Outcome: The Board supports the submission of a full course proposal. 

Action1: BF and SG to discuss and agree a timeline with N Goddard for submitting a full course proposal. 

Action2: N Goddard to continue course design and discussion with other schools, and submit full proposal as agreed above. 



Matters Arising

Agenda for Today


DPT updates:


23022022_Item 1 – Advanced Design Informatics_DPT Updates (Maria Wolters)


23022022_Item 2 – Data Science_DPT Updates (Paolo Guagliardo)


23022022_Item 3 – Cognitive Science BSc and MSc_DPT Updates (Frank Mollica)


23022022_Item 4 – BEng Computer Science_DPT Updates *for information only* (Sharon Goldwater)


23022022_Item 5 – EPCC_DPT Updates (Ben Morse)


Preliminary course proposals:


23022022_Item 6 – Informatics Entrepreunership_Preliminary Course Proposal (Björn Franke)


Course updates:


23022022_ Item 7 – Introduction to Databases_Course updates (Paolo Guagliardo)


23022022_ Item 8 – Software Testing_Course updates (Stuart Anderson)


23022022_Item 9 – Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science_Course updates (Frank Mollica)


23022022_Item 10 – Randomized Algorithms_Course updates (Kousha Etassami)


23022022_Item 11 – Computational Cognitive Neuroscience_Course updates (Peggy Series)




*TBC*: Preliminary course proposal: Research Methods in Financial Computing (Felipe Costa Sperb)