• Week 10 of COMP1511

    Posted by Marc Chee Monday 19 April 2021, 07:26:12 PM, last modified Monday 19 April 2021, 08:37:24 PM.

    Hi COMP1511!

    We're in Week 10 now, so we're about to wrap up the official teaching part of this term!

    In today's notice:

    • What's in Week 10's content (no new topics this week)
    • File loss issues from last week
    • Assignment 2 file change (ext_main.c will be changing very slightly)
    • Final Exam, Saturday 1st May
    • Course MyExperience Survey

    This week in class

    Even though we're not introducing any new content this week, we still have important content in class.

    • Lectures - Exam preview and Course Recap
    • Tutorials - ADTs, Stacks and Recursion
    • Labs - A preview of the exam environment, a partial practice exam

    As you can see, we're going into a reasonable level of detail about the Final Exam in this week's Lectures and Labs so you have a good idea of what's going to be in it when you take the exam.

    File Loss Issues last week

    A lot of people are still reeling from having their home directories wiped last week. If you still need to recover files, please follow the instructions in the previous course notice (scroll down on the first page of the Course Webpage ).

    In response to these issues, we've extended the deadline on Week 9's lab to this Wednesday 21th April and for anyone directly affected, we'll be extending your Assignment 2 deadline. If you have been affected and will need a deadline extension, please fill out this form:

    We fully understand that this is a stressful time to have a bunch of your files disappear, especially from the place where we said they'd be the safest! I hope that the deadline extensions are enough, but if you do need more help, please think about the avenues for Assignment help below . . .

    Assignment 2

    This is a reminder of where to get help if you need it with Assignment 2:

    1. Your tutor is a good person to talk to during labs
    2. Help Sessions will also be running ( Timetable here )
    3. Questions that aren't assignment specific but are about related topics/techniques can be asked on the Course Forum

    We're about to make a small change to ext_main.c also. There was a small issue with error statements not allowing autotests to function properly but that will be updated. If you want more details, please check the Changelog at the end of the Assignment Specification and the Header comment in the file itself once they have changed.

    We've also removed a previous restriction on the use of string.h in the assignment. Apologies if you were already working without string.h.

    Final Exam, Saturday 1st May

    We have a confirmed time for the Exam now. It will run from 1pm-7pm Sydney time (AEST). Exact details on question format etc will be in Wednesday's lecture, but the infrastructure will be reasonably familiar from labs and you'll have a chance to use the "practice exam" in this week's labs to see the infrastructure as well as some example questions.

    The exam is an open book, take home exam, meaning you will be using your own computer and will be allowed access to all course materials as well as the internet. You will not be allowed to specifically ask anyone (online or offline) about the questions, but any references that are online are allowed.

    MyExperience Survey for COMP1511

    I am once again asking you to fill out the Course Survey! (You can access it via: )

    We've had about a quarter of the class fill out the survey so far and it really helps us if the majority of the class gives us feedback on how the course is. We've had a lot of very useful feedback in the past that helps us shift the focus of parts of the course in different directions and gives us very useful information about which parts of our teaching style has worked with people.

    Hope this week is better than last week!

    Marc (on behalf of the COMP1511 Teaching Team)

  • Update on CSE Filesystem Issues

    Posted by Tom Kunc Sunday 18 April 2021, 04:46:48 PM, last modified Monday 19 April 2021, 08:37:37 PM.

    Dear COMP1511,

    This message is to resolve the outstanding issues around students who lost their files during the last week.

    If you have lost files and not been able to get them back, you can restore them by following the instructions here.

    In order to ensure everyone has had time to fix their files, the deadline for lab09 will be extended from Monday 18th April to Wednesday 21st of April . If you have been particularly seriously affected, you should contact your tutor and they may be able to issue an additional extension, depending on your circumstances.

    Regarding the assignment, the due date has not been changed . Instead, students we know were affected have been contacted by email, and given an appropriate extension. If you have been affected, but did not receive an email about an extension, please fill in this form and we will get in touch with you about an extension: . This form will close on Thursday at 8pm, so if you need an extension due to your files being lost, please fill it in before then. If you have not lost your files, please do not fill in this form.

    The cs1511 email has received nearly 100 emails requesting help, and we're currently working through this backlog. You may not receive an email for 24 hours, but please rest assured we will get in contact with you as soon as possible; and we will ensure you receive the necessary extensions.

    Separately, please note that Assignment 1 marking is out for most students (and the remainder of students can expect their marks in the next 48 hours). Extension marks will be going out later tonight. You can go to the student page to retrieve these marks.


    ~Tom (on behalf of the COMP1511 Admin Team)

  • Mid-Week Update & CSE Server Issues

    Posted by Tom Kunc Thursday 15 April 2021, 11:52:51 PM, last modified Friday 16 April 2021, 12:11:26 AM.

    Hi Everyone,

    This update is going out later than usual due to the current issues with CSE's filesystems. In this notice:

    • Current issues with CSE filesystems
    • Assignment 2 Extension Autotests
    • Reflection #4

    Current Issues with CSE filesystems

    We are currently aware of issues accessing files from VLab and the VSCode Server (Corelli). On logging in, some students may notice that their files are temporarily inaccessible, and some settings are reset. This is an issue which the School's Computer Support Group are aware of, and are working to fix. If the service interruption continues, we will make accommodations as necessary. If anyone has any concerns or issues about how this affects assignment and lab submissions, we would encourage you to post on the forums, or to contact

    Assignment 2 Extension Autotests

    Autotests for the assignment 2 extension work have now been released. Please post on the forums if you have any questions or concerns. To clarify the previous notice, the core autotests have not changed; only the extension autotests were released.

    Reflection #4

    Reflection #4 is slightly different to other reflections. It has the same deadline as Assignment 2 -- Friday 23rd at 8pm. It is partially a reflection on the course, and partly to help you prepare for the exam. There is also an optional section to help you prepare for your Assignment 2 -- we strongly encourage you to take a look at that section before starting Assignment 2; to help you plan out your assignment work. It will be marked by your tutors outside your lab; at a similar time to when they mark Assignment 2.

    We hope you have a wonderful week,

    ~Tom (on behalf of the COMP1511 Teaching Staff)

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