Registration, courses, coursework and exams
Similarities to first year
There are many similarities in course structure between first and second year:
- All courses have both lectures and tutorials.
- Independent study time is important for revising lecture materials, reading textbooks, and working through exercises before tutorials, so you should build consistent weekly study time into your schedule.
- Your course marks will not count towards your final degree classification, but doing well is important to give you a solid foundation for your Honours years.
Differences to first year
There are also some important differences to first year:
- All courses have assessed coursework, and your course mark is determined by a combination of coursework and exam marks. Some courses have minimum mark requirements for both coursework and exam; see the Assessment page for details.
- Coursework deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the semester. 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 must do better than just pass all your courses in order to progress to Honours in year 3; see the Assessment page for details.
2nd year courses
The formal requirements for your degree are set out in the Degree Programme Tables. If you are consdering changing from BSc to Minf, note that Inf2D is a required course in Minf and you should discuss with you PT as there will be funding implications for the addtional year and if you are a Tier 4 student there will also be implications for your Visa.
the Informatics courses available to students in the second year are listed below.
|Courses in year 2||Period||Web Page||DRPS|
|Informatics 2 - Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures||Full Year||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2 - Foundations of Data Science||Full year||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2C - Introduction to Computer Systems||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
|Discrete Mathematics and Probability||Semester 1||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2 -Introduction to Software Engineering and Professional Practice||Semester 2||School web page||University descriptor|
|Informatics 2D - Reasoning and Agents||Semester 2||School web page||University descriptor|
Note that both exam and coursework marks count in obtaning a passing mark; you have to get 40% overall.
In 2021, the following courses are evaluated on exam and coursework:
- INF-2C - Introduction to Computer Systems (50% exam, 50% coursework)
- Informatics 2 - Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures (60% exam, 40% coursework)
- Informatics 2D - Reasoning and Agents (70% exam, 30% coursework)
The following courses are evaluated entirely based on different courseworks (100%) in 2021:
- INF-2 - Introduction to Software Engineering and Professional Practice
- Informatics 2 - Foundations of Data Science
- Discrete Mathematics and Probability
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 discourages late submission. Certain courses will be penalised on a daily basis if late - others will be marked as zero after the deadline. Please read the coursework late submission policy in full. If you require an extension, you MUST apply through the Student Support Team -again, please see the coursework late submission policy.
The following links contain further essential information regarding coursework submissions.
|Academic Misconduct, including Plagiarism||The University's code of discipline and policy on academic code of conduct.|
|Informatics Guidelines for Good Scholarly Practice||The School's advice and policy academic misconduct.|
|Coursework, Assessment and Feedback||Information about coursework accompanying taught courses|
|Late Coursework Submission & Extension Requests||School policy on the acceptance of late submissions|