Reports from student surveys and lecturer responses

This page presents feedback from students about their experience on Informatics courses, to help future students in their course choices. There are also responses from the lecturers. Please note that lecturers regularly revise course content and presentation from year to year — often directly in response to exactly this feedback.

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Feedback reports

The most recent feedback is from 2020/21, and covers 55 courses at all levels in the School of Informatics. Please note that not all courses run every year and course content changes from year to year. See the Course Index for current details of all courses offered.  

The tables below bring together over 1,500 individual submissions from students, gathered through an online survey at the end of semester 1 and semester 2. Each course lecturer has been invited to write a response, and these are linked alongside the student feedback.

The published reports contain free-text responses by students about their experience of each course and recommendations to others planning their studies. Each course organiser receives this report as well as statistics on multiple-choice responses. All these reports, together with student feedback about individual members of teaching staff, are collected and sent to the Director of Teaching.

Please note that these are personal responses from individual students: some courses have a low response rate, and a small sample can be unrepresentative. Some courses do not appear because there were no responses from students. To find out more about each course yourself, go to the index at http://course.inf.ed.ac.uk and browse the current course web pages.

Each year we remove responses that contain offensive language or otherwise breach the University Dignity and Respect policy. In 2020/21 there were nine responses removed for offensive language, and 22 responses edited to remove personally identifying details. 

Notes on the tables

The word (new) after a lecturer name indicates a change in the staff teaching a course.

Courses are grouped by year taken. Note that many honours courses may be taken in a choice of years: these are listed as Year 3/4 or Year 4/5/MSc as appropriate.

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Year 1 courses (Level 8)

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Informatics 1 - Introduction to Computation Bradfield (new) / Wadler report (Chirita / Fourman / Wadler)  
Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science Hennig / Lucas  / Mollica report (Hennig / Lucas / Mollica)  
Informatics 1 - Object Orientated Programming McNeill / Symons report (McNeill / Stevens / Symons)  

Year 2 courses (Level 8)

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Informatics 2C - Introduction to Computer Systems Grot / Grosser / Ainsworth (new) / Nagarajan (new) report (Grot / Grosser / Smith)  
Informatics 2 - Software Engineering and Professional Practice Alexandru / Constantin (new) report(Alexandru / Anderson / Garforth)  
Informatics 2 - Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures Cryan / Longley report (Cryan / Longley / Kalorkoti)  
Informatics 2 - Foundations of Data Science Sterratt / Gal report (Sterratt / Gal)  
Informatics 2D - Reasoning and Agents Lascarides / Papapanagiotou (new) report (Lascarides / Chirita)
Discrete Mathematics and Probability Velichkov / Yorsten / Stark (new) report (Velichkov / Yorsten)  

Year 3 courses (Level 9)

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Informatics Large Practical Gilmore / Jackson report (Gilmore / Jackson)
System Design Project Tonneau / Garforth

report (Tonneau / Garforth / Webb)

Introduction to Vision and Robotics


Lu (new)

report (Khadem)

report (Distance Learning) (Khadem)

Year 3/4 courses (Level 10)

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Computer Security Arapinis / Elahi / Velichkov (new) report (Arapinis / Elahi / Kohlweiss)  
Honours Project (Informatics) Webb report (Webb)  
Introduction to Databases Guagliardo / Cao (new) report (Guagliardo / Libkin / Pieris)  
Introductory Applied Machine Learning (UG) Mac Aodha / Shimodaira /  Narayanaswamy (new) / Nazarpour (new) report (Mac Aodha / Williams / Shimodaira)
MInf Project (Part 1) Webb report (Webb)  
Operating Systems Barbalace / Steuwer report (Barbalace / Mai / Spink / Steuwer)  

Year 4/5/MSc courses (Level 11)

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Advanced Database Systems Nikolic / Pieris report (Nikolic / Pieris)  
Algorithmic Game Theory and its Applications Etessami report (Etessami / Guo)  
Automatic Speech Recognition Bell / Tang (new) report (Bell / Renals)  
Bioinformatics 1 Simpson / Goryanin (new) report (Simpson / Armstrong)  
Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers Kiayias report (Kiayias)  
Computational Complexity NOT RUNNING IN 2021/22 report (Guo / Etessami)  
Human-Computer Interaction Vaniea / Vines (new)  report (Vaniea / Constantin)  
Internet of Things Systems Security and the Cloud (IoTSSC) NOT RUNNING IN 2021/22 report (Patras / Aspinall)  
Introduction to Modern Cryptography Ciampi (new) / Zacharias report (Wallden / Zacharias /  Velichkov)
Machine Learning Practical Bilen / Andreadis / Ramamoorthy report (Bilen / Andreadis / Ramamoorthy)
MInf Project (Part 2) Webb report (Webb)  
Natural Language Understanding, Generation, and Machine Translation Keller / Birch-Mayne report (Keller / Lapata / Birch-Mayne)
Principles and Design of IoT Systems Arvind report (Arvind)  
Text Technologies for Data Science Magdy / Ross (new) report (Magdy)  
The Human Factor: Working With Users Wolters / Vaniea (new) report (Wolters / Bach)  

Year 5/MSc courses

Most MSc study is at Level 11. However, MSc students may take up to 30 credit points of Level 9 and Level 10 courses. Those are listed in the sections above for Year 3 and Year 4.

Course Name 2021/22 Lecturer 2020/21 Feedback Lecturer Response
Accelerated Natural Language Processing (Goldwater / Cohen) report (Goldwater / Cohen)  
Case Studies in Design Informatics 1 Vines (new) / Wolters report (Wolters / Lee / Vaniea)  
Case Studies in Design Informatics 2 Lee / Wolters report (Lee / Wolters)  
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Series / Chadwick report (Series (Chadwick)  
Data-driven Business and Behaviour Analytics Restocchi report (Restocchi / Sarker / Ross)  
Data Mining and Exploration NOT RUNNING IN 2021/22 report (Gutmann / Narayanaswamy / Renals)  
Doing Research in Natural Language Processing Keller / Tang report (Keller / Tang / Angelidis)  
Group Research Project (Biomedical AI) Oyarzun report (Oyarzun)  
Image and Vision Computing Sevilla-Lara (new) report (Fisher / Hospedales)  
Individual Project in Advanced Natural Language Processing Tang report (Keller / Tang)  
Individual Research Project (Biomedical AI) Oyarzun report (Oyarzun / Simpson)
Informatics Project Proposal

Constantin / Sannella (new)

Sannella (new)

report (Constantin / Anderson)

report (Distance Learning) (Constantin)

Introduction to Practical Programming with Objects

Franke (new) / Glienecke (new) / Symons (new)

Franke (new) / Glienecke (new) / Symons (new)

report (Anderson)

report (Distance Learning) (Anderson)

Introductory Applied Machine Learning (PG) Mac Aodha / Shimodaira /  Narayanaswamy (new) / Nazarpour (new) report (Mac Aodha / Williams / Shimodaira)
Introductory Applied Machine Learning (Semester 2) (Ma / Shimodaira) report (Ma / Shimodaira)  
Issues in Clinical Data Modelling Weisse report (Weisse / Simpson / Oyarzun)  
Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition Murray / Onken report (Murray / Onken)
Reinforcement Learning Albrecht / Andreadis report (Albrecht / Andreadis / Herrmann)  
Research Methods in Security, Privacy, and Trust Aspinall / Elahi / Kiayias report (Aspinall / Elahi  / Kiayias)  

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