• Update: When to expect things

    Posted by Sim Mautner Tuesday 06 September 2022, 02:44:36 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    I'm sorry it is taking so long to get your grades sorted out.

    If you got a PS, CR, DN, or HD in the course then you should be able to see your grade now and it includes your exam.

    If you got a WD you should see that there and I'll e-mail you in the coming days to deal with signs of plagiarism.

    If you got a WC I've marked your supp exam but it still needs to be entered into the system. Hopefully in the next day or two.

    If you got a LE still and reattempted the exam, I've marked it but need to update the grades in the system. Hopefully you'll see those changes in the next day or two.

    Once I've done all this I'll go through my e-mails and check that everyone's situation should've been addressed.



  • Supplementary Exam Information

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 01 September 2022, 08:29:30 PM.

    If you have been granted a supplementary exam for COMP1010, below are the details of the exam:

    • Date: Monday 5 th of September
    • Time: 1pm-4pm
    • Location: (Join the zoom room just before 1pm to get a copy of the exam. This will also be where you can ask any questions/clarifications during the time allocated.)

  • Grades of LE

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 01 September 2022, 12:05:11 PM.

    Hi Everyone,

    At this point everyone's grade says LE. I need to sort something out and hopefully you'll get your actual grade by tomorrow. (I'll post another notice here when you can check your grades.)

    Once your grades are released, here are some of the less common results some students might see:

    • WC: granted a supplementary exam (being held on Monday afternoon)
    • LE (after the marks are sorted out): granted a second chance to demonstrate competency (being held on Monday afternoon) (check your email for more details)
    • WD: under investigation for plagiarism (check your email for details)

    Sorry for all the stress and confusion.


  • Submit Early - Submit Often

    Posted by Sim Mautner Friday 19 August 2022, 04:12:59 PM.

    It's now less than one hour until the end of the exam. I highly recommend you do a submission now/soon if you haven't already. Then submit again when you finish the exam or at 5pm.

  • Finalising coursework and preparing for the exam

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 18 August 2022, 10:15:09 AM.

    Finalising coursework grades:

    1. Check your grades. Aside from 6 students who have ? in their grades, all marks have been released for coursework. Please check your marks are correct.
    2. I will continue to accept submissions for the week 10 lab work until at least the start of the exam tomorrow afternoon. You can find the link on this page listed in the labs due dates table.
    3. Lab total was calculated by adding up all the lab marks, dividing by 27.5 and multiplying by 20. (There were 27.5 marks available throughout the lab work and those marks create 20% of your total course grade.)
    4. Any questions about lab marks contact your tutors first, and then myself if you don't hear back from them.
    5. Any questions about proposal, implementation and feedback marks, send to me.

    For the exam tomorrow:

    Good luck for tomorrow and thank you for a great term!!



  • Demonstration Times for Tomorrow

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 04 August 2022, 11:54:19 AM.

    You can find the latest schedule here:

    Remember that you are expected to be available for the whole hour of your demonstration timeslot (eg if you are in Friday 3pm, whether you are in the yellow, green or purple section, you are expected to attend from 3pm until 4pm).

    The zoom link for your demonstration can be found on the row your name is in.

    Any clarifications, please ask.

    Good luck for tonight and tomorrow.

  • Implementation submission, demonstration and feedback

    Posted by Sim Mautner Wednesday 03 August 2022, 07:50:48 PM, last modified Wednesday 03 August 2022, 07:53:39 PM.

    Some important notes about the coming days:

    • The implementation is due 10pm Thursday night.
    • Ensure you've referenced all code you've copied from elsewhere. Failure to do so will be considered plagiarism. (Additionally, I've encouraged you to declare the code you wrote in the file included in the project template.)
    • Submit the implementation the same way as the proposal. If you have multiple files, put them in a folder, zip (compress) it, and submit the zip file.
    • Demonstration times and locations (zoom rooms) will be as they are on the demonstrations page (currently says draft, it will change to final once I've read my latest emails and released the zoom rooms). This page will also indicate which projects you have been assigned to do the feedback task on.
    • Demonstrations will be recorded for marking purposes only. We will not be releasing or distributing the recordings to students for any reason. Which brings us to the next point...
    • You must attend for the whole hour of your timeslot and do your feedback task during your demonstration timeslot. If you miss this opportunity you may not have a chance to catch it up. (I give you a bit longer to submit it, but recommend you submit it as soon as you finish writing it. Feedback tasks should be submitted the same way as the proposal and implementation.)

    Any questions, please feel free to ask. I'll update this notice with any further clarifications.



  • Sim's sick. Zoom consultations suspended. E-mail questions welcome.

    Posted by Sim Mautner Saturday 30 July 2022, 05:38:13 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    Unfortunately I'm on the verge of losing my voice (again). To hopefully retain my voice until Monday's lecture, I'm not doing any more consultations at this point. That being said, you are welcome to still e-mail me your questions (if it helps, you can send me a video of your screen as you demonstrate what you're trying to do and explaining what you'd like it to be doing).



  • Week 9 Announcements

    Posted by Sim Mautner Monday 25 July 2022, 09:22:16 AM.

    Hi everyone,

    I hope you're all going well as we reach the final weeks of term.

    You'll have noticed that the lab work is coming to an end. This is to give you time to work on your projects. Please use it constructively.

    I have released information about the exam which can be found here . It is in 3 parts:

    • Exam Information: This is information about the exam which you should make yourself familiar with before the day of the exam.
    • Practice Exam: This is a sample exam paper. The questions on the final exam will be different to these, but will be assessing the same kind of content. I encourage all students to do the practice exam and ensure they have covered all the content required to complete it.
    • Exam: This is where the exam will be released on the day of the exam as well as where to submit it.

    As usual, let me know if you have any questions.

    See you in the lecture :)


  • Week 8 - Things to remember and get done

    Posted by Sim Mautner Monday 18 July 2022, 04:19:10 PM.

    Some things to note at this point:

    1. Make sure you attend your labs and demonstrate your progress in your project to your tutor to get your Project Check-In grade.
    2. Check your grades for labs are all up to date on the website. (I don't want to get requests for fixes to early weeks lab work coming in in week 9 and 10.)
    3. Put your project, everything you've done so far, into your GitLab repository. (Move the files into your folder, add the files, and sync your changes. You know you've done it right when you can see your files and everything in them through the GitLab website.)
    4. Over the coming weeks we will be spending some lecture time learning how to implement some extra features. I prefer to teach features which are directly relevant to students' projects. So please e-mail me with any feature requests you have.
    5. Proposal grades for all assignments which were submitted on time will be released to you sometime between Thursday morning and Friday evening.



  • Fixes to GitLab Problems :)

    Posted by Sim Mautner Friday 15 July 2022, 02:55:38 PM.

    Problem 1: It doesn't ask me where to save my file (instruction number 17).

    Solution 1: A new instruction has been added in for number 17: If you click Clone->Visual Studio Code (HTTPS) and it doesn't ask you where to save your file, then it gives you instructions on what to do.

    Problem 2: Sync Changes doesn't work.

    Solution 2: This has now been fixed for all students who had set up their GitLab account early enough. If you come across this problem from now on, e-mail me (include your zid) and I'll fix it speedily.

  • GitLab problems: Don't worry if "Sync Changes" isn't working.

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:07:05 AM.

    Hi everyone,

    This is the first term we are using GitLab in COMP1010. Because of this there are some teething problems we are trying to fix at the moment.

    If you try to press the "Sync Changes" button, but get an error message, that's a common problem and I hope to announce in the next day or two some improved instructions to solve this problem. If you are having any other problems please let me know.



  • Tuesday Tute-Lab: online for this week

    Posted by Sim Mautner Monday 11 July 2022, 08:27:09 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    Unfortunately Alicia isn't available this week (week7) so we have made alternative plans for her Tuesday 1pm-4pm class.

    The tutor covering for Alicia is Kai, a past tutor for COMP1010. The class will be held online via zoom: at its usual time (1pm-4pm).



  • Internet connectivity problems

    Posted by Sim Mautner Thursday 07 July 2022, 10:02:42 AM.

    Sorry for the delay. I'm having internet problems. I hope to have them resolved and to arrive in the zoom lecture room soon.

  • Please do this asap - preparing for week 7

    Posted by Sim Mautner Friday 01 July 2022, 02:07:08 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    In preparation for week 7, please go to and log in with your username and zpass. You should get an error message when you first attempt to log in, but when you come back the next day you should be able to log in with no problems.

    Please let me know if this process doesn't work for you and send me screenshots of any errors.



  • Week 5 Announcements

    Posted by Sim Mautner Monday 27 June 2022, 10:03:27 AM.

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to Week 5.



  • Week 4 Announcements

    Posted by Sim Mautner Sunday 19 June 2022, 04:12:48 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    I hope your term is going well.

    There are a couple important things to check/do this week.

    • Lecture 1.4 should be completed individually, ideally before the lecture tomorrow morning. Instructions can be found here . If you get stuck, you can ask your tutor, or make a consultation time with Sim. It’s best to have this done before Monday's lecture, so you can follow along the second part of the lecture more easily, but worst case just have it done by Thursday.
    • Check your lab marks are in the system for all the labs you’ve submitted.
    • Demonstration times can now be viewed from the demonstration project page.

    See you all in lectures :)


  • COMP1010 Week 2 Announcements

    Posted by Sim Mautner Monday 06 June 2022, 09:34:43 AM.

    Hi everyone,

    1. Lab work. This week is the last chance to submit the Spreadsheets lab work.
    2. Public holiday next Monday. There is no lecture on Monday 13th of June. I am rescheduling the lecture to 10am-12pm on Tuesday 14th of June (the following day). Remember that if you can't attend at that time, you can watch the lecture recordings later.
    3. Project release - Tuesday. Following point (1), the project will be released during the lecture next Tuesday morning.
    4. Echo360 problems. I got some feedback that the Echo360 lectures weren't accessible. I think I've fixed that. Please let me know if they can't be seen. I also need to upload the lectures on Spreadsheets to Echo360. They're coming soon.
    5. Gradebook problems. I'm working on getting your gradebooks working. Hopefully I'll get that done by next week and you'll be able to see your lab marks as your tutor enters them.



  • Welcome!

    Posted by Sim Mautner Sunday 29 May 2022, 01:36:46 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to COMP1010, The Art of Computing for term 2 2022! First of all, I'm posting this notice to introduce myself. I'm Sim, the lecturer for the course. I enjoy lecturing and computer programming. Your feedback helps me do my job well, so please don't feel shy to speak up about anything that's going well in the course, or things which could be done better.

    Course Website

    If you're reading this in an email, you can access the course website by clicking here . You may wish to bookmark it. So far there are some interesting things there, such as:

    • Course Outline (including policies, assessment information, and some resources you might find useful throughout the course)
    • Timetable - the time and days of the lectures and tutorials
    • Online Classes - the links to attend lectures and tutorials
    • Course Work - lecture material for week 1 and tutorial and lab work for weeks 1 and 2 have been released

    If you can't access the lecture, tutorial or lab material, please contact me via Include your name and zid.

    First Lecture

    Our first lecture is tomorrow (Monday) at 10am. You can join it (and all other lectures) via this link: Lecture Zoom Link (bookmark it!)

    Other Action Items

    • Join the course forum via this link . This is where you can ask questions (publicly or privately) about the course.
    • Fill out the start of term survey to share some information about yourselves.
    • Save the date for project demonstrations. This will be on August 5th (Friday of week 10) . Each student will be required to attend for 1 hour of the day, so I recommend keeping at least a couple hours free at this point. (Accomodations can be made for students who have previous commitments such as work. Please contact me as early as possible if this is your situation.)

    One Last Thing: I have no voice this week

    Unfortunately I have lost my voice, so tomorrow's lecture will not be indicative of how our lectures will run for the rest of the term. I'll deliver the lecture through a combination of last term's lecture recording, demonstrating things on the screen and typing messages. Hopefully I'll have my voice back by Thursday, or worst case, by the start of week 2.

    Any Questions?

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. For now, if you reply to this welcome notice on the course website, I'll see it, and in the first lecture you'll learn more about the best way(s) to contact me.



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