Now that we're wrapping up week 1, it's a great time to summarise the key things that happened this week and give you some pointers for week 2.
If you found week 1 a lot to take in, we've got a
helpful getting started guide you can find here
The key things that happened in week 1 are:
During your week 1 class your tutor will have finalised your project groups in your lab time.
Your tutor should have also added you to a Microsoft teams channel just for your group. Whilst you aren't required to communicate via the Microsoft teams channel we make for you, it's important to note that if teamwork disputes arise or you make claims about other team members contributions later in the course - the
places we will look to for evidence of how you interact with your group are:
If we need to analyse group communication, we simply won't be able to look at things like Facebook, Discord, Slack, etc, as these are out of our control and are open to tampering etc that make it unfair to consider reasonable evidence. However, anything in your Microsoft teams chat we'll happily take into account. If you're uncertain about anything here or aren't agreeing in your group how to communicate, talk to your tutor in week 2 and they will help you figure it all out! :)
If you don't have your group sorted, or weren't added to your groups Microsoft teams chat, please email your tutor ASAP.
As of last night a group project repository was created for each group. The repository is called " project-backend ". You can find your group repository (if you haven't already) on the homepage of gitlab.cse.unsw.edu.au . If you can't find your repository, please post on the forum. If you can find the repo, but you're in the wrong group, please email your tutor ASAP.
The most important thing to do right now is to start messaging or emailing your group members and to start reading through the project specification. During your class time this week you can sync up about it and start some early planning, and I would strongly encourage you to organise times to meet later this week or early next week. From week 3 onwards we will be expecting groups to follow a more rigid meeting.
Over the coming days, t here may continue to be slight changes to your group primarily due to students potentially dropping the course before census date. This usually has any material impact on less than 5% of groups. Your tutors will always support you and find solutions that will make things OK :)
Other than that, have a great weekend everyone! Look after yourselves in these uncertain times.
Welcome to COMP1531 21T3 :) The fundamental aim of COMP1531 is help you on your transition from being a solo programmer into being a collaborative software engineer . We have a teaching staff team of about 35 and we're all super excited to get to know you. The term will be over in a flash but we're here to help you through it and have a great time.
If you don't lack the time or attention span right now, let us share the most important things:
We would encourage you all to take a moment to read the
, because it highlights virtually everything. We will also go through this a little bit in the first lecture.
In terms of assessment, the course has 3 major components:
A reminder that preferences for major project groups will close at 8pm on the 13th of September (tomorrow!). You can fill out THIS FORM to preference to be in groups with other people. We don't accept late submissions to the form.
Groups will be finalised and passed onto your tutor on Tuesday morning - they will let you know what group you're in during your first lab session.
On Friday evening this week, we will create a Microsoft Teams chat for your group as well as your project repository where you can complete work. So if you haven't already, we would suggest downloading or logging in to Microsoft Teams .
For other questions about your group, we will talk about this in lectures and tutorials this week.
Please remember - it's extremely normal to be slotted into groups with people you don't know, and things have a very high chance of going fine. And for those that inevitably have some difficulties with groupwork, we've spent a lot of time structuring and designing 1531 to be both supportive and fair.
To those studying remotely or trapped overseas, our aim is to make sure you feel no less connected and involved with things.
We'll see you on Wednesday morning!
We will spare you the more formal welcome and information for later in the week - for now we are hoping to leave you mostly alone to enjoy your last week of holidays :)
We do need to talk about one thing early, though!... group preferences.
As specified in the course outline , COMP1531 has a major project component that is a 4-5 person 9 week group project that constitutes 50% of the course assessment.
It's a requirement that your group will consist of only people enrolled in your tute-lab (i.e. you are all enrolled in the same class on MyUNSW - not just at the same time, but in the same class). If classes are already full, we also can't over-enrol you (sorry!).
Because we understand many people do this course with people they know, we want to give you an opportunity to preference who you want to be in a group with . To do that, please fill out the form for each person you want to preference . You must make the preference by Monday 13th September @ 8pm . You can preference 1-4 people. You can also preference no people.
We sadly aren't in a position to accept late preferences, so please fill it in prior to then! Preferences are not guarantees that you will be in a group with those people, however, in nearly all cases we make it work with at least 1 of the preferences.
If you don't have anyone to preference, or only have one preference, don't even worry! That's very normal. You might hear murmurs from other students that you could end up with a "horror group" for COMP1531. Believe it or not, about 50% of student's don't provide preferences, and we just randomly match students in the same class.
We can assure you that while groups that struggle do exist, they only make up a small numbers of groups. We have structured the course and assessment very intentionally to have processes in place to ensure that if you work hard and follow the rules, that your accomplishments should reflect your mark, even if you end up with a difficult group .
We'll email you all later in the week :) You can also pop on the forum and say hi too, if you want. Until then, enjoy your week!
- COMP1531 Team