• COMP1911 2021 T2 Bridging Course

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Monday 30 August 2021, 11:20:14 AM.

    Dear all,

    As we introduce at the beginning of T2, COMP1911+bridging course will provide COMP1511 equivalent competency.
    If you want to be part of the bridging course, please fill in the form:

    We will run the bridging course from 6th to 10th of September.
    It is free, and should be for people intending to complete a software degree.

  • Congratulations

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 24 August 2021, 08:27:49 PM.

    Dear all,

    Congratulations! You have successfully completed the final exam. We will work hard on marking and release the final results soon.

    On behave of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing COMP1911. We know it is not easy to go this far, hope you will find this course is useful in your future career.

    myExperience survey has closed, we have a good response rate (55%). Thank you! If you still have something to tell us, please send us a message.

    I am sure we will see some of your guys again.

    Prize winners, I did not forget you, I look forward to seeing you on campus when the lockdown is over.

    Enjoy your holidays and stay safe.

    All the best


  • Final Exam Extension

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 24 August 2021, 03:28:11 PM.

    Due to the minor issues we encountered, you will have 10 minutes extension for the final exam. The exam will be closed at 17:10.

  • Final Exam Submission

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 24 August 2021, 02:38:41 PM.

    Hi guys,

    The submission instructions say:

    give 1911 exam_q1 q1.c

    when it should be:

    give cs1911 exam_q1 q1.c

    the issue has been corrected, but you need to reload the page to see it correctly.

  • Practice Exam and Exam Eevision Session

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Wednesday 18 August 2021, 10:50:07 PM.

    The exam conditions and other exam information is now available under the "Course Work - Exam" heading .
    You should take the time to carefully read the full page before the exam.

    On the exam information page there are also links to Practice Exams.

    This Friday (20th) at 2pm-4pm Elline and myself will be available on Blackboard Collaborate to answer any questions about course content that you might have during revision.

  • More tutors available for today's help sessions

    Posted by Binghao Li Friday 06 August 2021, 09:33:43 AM.

    Dear all,

    We have more tutors available today, hope all of you can get a chance to ask you questions if you have any.

  • Final exam timetable

    Posted by Binghao Li Sunday 01 August 2021, 11:01:27 AM.

    Dear all,

    According to the final exam timetable, we will have the final exam on Tuesday 24/08/2021 (2-5pm AEST). More details of the exam will be available soon.



  • myExperince Survey

    Posted by Binghao Li Sunday 01 August 2021, 10:53:23 AM.

    Dear all,

    myExperience is open, I believe you have received an email about the survey.
    Thanks to all of you who have completed myExperience so far. If you haven’t yet participated, you can find the myExperience link on your Moodle course page or look for the link in your student email.

    Telling us about your experiences of your courses this term is important and valued. Your comments are read carefully by academic teaching staff. Please be honest and constructive.

    myExperience is confidential, your identity is not included in reports. Results of the survey are not made available until your course results are released.

    Many thanks


  • Assignment 2 Help Sessions

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Tuesday 27 July 2021, 03:07:12 PM, last modified Tuesday 27 July 2021, 03:13:27 PM.

    The help session timetable has now been updated for assignment 2 (weeks 9-10)and is available in the webCMS sidebar.

    The first session is at 5pm Tomorrow with Amy and Jason.

  • Assignment 2 Released

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Tuesday 20 July 2021, 05:17:52 PM.

    The Assignment 2 spec is now available in the WebCMS sidebar or via this link .

    Everyone should have a read of the assignment before tomorrows lecture.

    Assignment 2 is due at 8pm on Sunday of week10 (8th of August).

    Please pay close attention to the "Assignment Conditions" section as CSE has new recently updated it's assignment policy.

  • Assignment 1 Extension

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Monday 12 July 2021, 04:20:09 PM.

    Due to today's power outage we are postponing the due date for assignment 1 by 24 hours.

    Assignment 1 will be due tomorrow, 13th July, at 8pm.

  • More tutors available for the help sessions

    Posted by Binghao Li Wednesday 07 July 2021, 09:48:18 PM.

    Hi guys,

    More tutors will join the help sessions on Thursday and Friday.

  • Assignment 1 help sessions and tips

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 06 July 2021, 09:52:01 AM.

    Dear all,

    We are running multiple help sessions in week 6. If you have any problems, not limited to assignment 1, log into BlackBoard to talk to us.

    There is a common question about how to check there are less than 6 inputs. You can check the return value of scanf.

    Return value:

    On success, these functions return the number of input items successfully matched and assigned; this can be fewer than provided for, or even zero, in the event of an early matching failure.

    The value EOF is returned if the end of input is reached before either the first successful conversion or a matching failure occurs. EOF is also returned if a read error occurs, in which case the error indicator for the stream (see ferror(3)) is set, and errno is set to indicate the error.

    Details can be found here .

    You should be able to use the return value to check if the inputs is less than 6.

    Another related question is "how to input less than 6 numbers". Two ways:

    • Use a file for input. You can edit a file say text.txt, run timtam<text.txt. You can put any number of inputs in the file.
    • use the keyboard, after the last number, input ctrl-D,

    Hope this helps.

  • Help Sessions

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 29 June 2021, 09:58:36 PM, last modified Wednesday 30 June 2021, 11:53:02 AM.

    Dear all,

    We have noticed that you are working hard on your assignment, some of you are struggling as it is the first time for most of you to solve a complex programming problem using C. Don't worry, help is on the way. We will have our first help session on Wednesday at 5 pm. More help sessions will be arranged. Click "Help Sessions" tomorrow afternoon, you will get all details about the help sessions in week5 and week6.

    The full help session timetable (for assignment 1 (weeks 5-6)) is now available in the webCMS sidebar.

    As mentioned, the first session is at 5pm Today with Brandon and Jason.

  • (UPDATE) UNSW 2021 Term 2 Census Date

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Friday 25 June 2021, 11:10:00 AM, last modified Friday 25 June 2021, 05:40:00 PM.

    The Census Date is fast approaching.

    27 Jun 2021 ( this Sunday ) at 11:59pm is the latest you can drop a course without financial penalty.

    Dropping a course from Monday onwards will incur the full course fee.

    The 2021 Term 2 Census Date has been pushed back 1 week to the 4th July 2021 Sunday at 11:59pm.

    Anyone wishing to drop a course between the 27th June and the 4th July
    can submit a Fee Remission application with no supporting documentation.

    Everyone in Sydney/NSW/Australia/Abroad please stay safe and follow your local COVID regulations.
    If you have visited UNSW campus in the last 2 weeks this includes a 1 week stay at home order from midnight tonight.

    UNSW is currently sending an email with this information and more,
    please read it carefully and stay up to date with future developments.

    As COMP1911 is using 100% online delivery we do not expect this to affect the delivery of our content,
    For now COMP1911 will continue as usual, If this changes we will make further announcements.

    While we don't want to see anybody go,
    if you have any hesitation in continuing the COMP1911 now is the time to consider your situation.

    Please feel free to contact Binghao and myself using the course email <> if you have any questions or concerns about COMP1911.

  • Week04

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Monday 21 June 2021, 12:28:48 PM.

    Today we have released sample solutions for Lab01 and Lab02. You can access them from the same place you access the questions.

    Tut04 and Lab04 have also been released, due at the usual time of 8pm Sunday (27th).

    Assignment 1 Has also been released, due on Monday 12th July at 8pm (3 weeks for today),
    please read the assignment spec carefully so you can use this weeks lecture and lab to ask questions to help you get started.

    Next week (week05) and the break week (week06) will have help sessions available for you to ask questions about the assignment (exact times TBA).

  • Lab 2 Exercises Extension

    Posted by Binghao Li Wednesday 16 June 2021, 12:17:54 PM.

    Dear all,

    We have noticed that some students have not submitted the Lab 2 exercises yet. We understood many of you enrolled late and it would take a while to catch up. If the lab 2 exercises can be submitted before 20:00 Friday (18 Jun) , the penalty will NOT be applied. Please note that the lab exercises contribute 10% of your final score.

  • Lab 1 Exercise 4

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 08 June 2021, 10:54:05 AM.

    The aim of the first tutorial and lab primary aim is for you to familiarize yourself with the CSE system, the process of creating, compiling and executing simple C programs, and know your tutors and your fellow students (if possible). Exercise 4 gives you a chance to communicate with your tutors. As we are using online tools (BB, Teams, discourse), communication is much easier now. If you have chated with your tutors via BB or Teams, everything is fine. If you have not used any tools to communicate with your tutors, please find their email addresses (you should be able to find them in tut/lab Teams Class) and send an email to them. Exercise 4 will not affect your lab marks.

  • Tutorial and Lab Exercise

    Posted by Binghao Li Sunday 06 June 2021, 10:01:37 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    I'd like to clarify a few things regarding tutorials and labs.

    • Tutorials and labs will be released 1 week on Sunday at 22:00 before they're due.
    • Tutorial solutions will be released at 22:00 Sunday at the end of the week of your tutorial.
    • Lab exercises are due at 19:59:59 Sunday.
    • Lab solutions will be released at 22:00 Sunday 2 weeks after they are due.

    The first lab is due Tuesday at 21:00, the deadline is extended because of the course website issue.

  • Teams meetings and Poll Everywhere

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 01 June 2021, 01:14:18 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    I have scheduled team meetings for lectures on Wednesdays 1-3 pm and Thursdays 2-4 pm. I will start the meeting about 5 minutes before each lecture. The lecture will be recorded, the recordings can be found in this Teams class or on the course website. Please check your Temas Calendar, you should be able to see the scheduled meetings now.

    We are using Poll Everywhere for COMP1911 lectures. Poll Everywhere is a web-based audience response system, it can improve engagement in the class hence help us to improve the teaching quality. You should have received an email about the registration. Please do it before tomorrow's lecture. Thanks.

  • WebCMS Technical Issue

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 01 June 2021, 11:41:33 AM.

    Dear all,

    You may have noticed that the course website has a little issue, some pages such as the course outline, tutorials and labs, cannot be accessed. We are working on it. Apologize for the inconvenience. I will upload week1 tut/lab materials on Teams class this afternoon if the problem has not been fixed at that time.

  • Course Forum Available

    Posted by Dylan Brotherston Friday 28 May 2021, 04:51:19 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    The course Discourse forum is now available for you to join HERE .

    Please login to the forum to create your account so you can ask questions.

  • Welcome to COMP1911 2021

    Posted by Binghao Li Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:25:40 PM.

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the 21T1 edition of COMP1911.

    First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Binghao Li, the lecturer for the course.

    C is one of the most widely used programming languages. I learned Basic when I was a high school kid and learned Fortran when I was a first-year student at the university. I taught myself C. I have not touched Basic, Fortran or assembly language for a long time, but I am still using C (not just for teaching). I believe you will also find C is very useful.

    I would like to draw your attention to a few important things:

    1. The course website is
    2. The main platform we will use to deliver the course is MS Teams. You should find yourself in Teams class - "COMP1911 2021 T2" now. The Teams meeting will be used for lectures on Wed 1300-1500; Thu 1400-1600.
    3. The course outline is now available. You can access it by going to the course website.

    Look forward to seeing you soon.

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