I hope you're all keeping your head mostly OK throughout lockdown. I know it's a tough time for all... I do have some updates for you below, though!
Assignment 1 marking has been completed.
You can find your grade for assignment 1 on the Webcms3 grades page .
You can find the details of your marking and associated feedback by clicking the "Collect Submission" on the assignment 1 page .
If you believe errors in the automarking could have been fixed by a few simple changes to your code (either because it didn't compile or didn't pass tests), then please fill in this form .
If you have questions about your style or other subjective feedback, please email your tutor & lab assistant.
If you're looking for a chance to review COMP2521 content in a fun way, with the chance of winning prizes, then sign up to CSESoc's event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226797369181884
The event is in a few days, so hurry!
MyExperience for T2 is now open! It's open for a bit over a week, so no rush, though please make sure you take the time to fill in the forms and leave the feedback. It's a vital part of the evolution of every course (this one included!). As you know this is my first time running COMP2521 so I'm super excited to hear how you've all found it and what you think we can do better at :)
Some exam information has been provided on the exam page . Take a read of it! We will talk through this more and answer questions you might have in the the week 10 lectures.
At the end of this term, I'm going to hold a 90 minute open meeting/call/chat with anyone in CSE that wants to come and talk about courses they've done in the past, courses they might do with me in the future, have conversations about education, or just chat about anything amidst this fairly isolating world of COVID.
It will be
26th of August.
The zoom link can be found here:
It is open to literally everyone. So come hang out and chat - if you want a reminder about it either put it in your calendar or shoot me an email so I can remind you!
See you on Tuesday! :) Sad this term is nearly over. Good luck with assignment 2.
This weekend, CSESoc and SecSoc are running an introductory Capture The Flag competition targeted towards first-year students. Our team was wondering if a notification could be sent out to students undertaking your course to promote this event. The event details/blurb are as follows:
CSESoc & SecSoc bring you Newbie CTF! CTF’s are Capture the Flag Competitions 🏁 where you can hack! When participating you are given flags from finding exploits. Come along to get a taster of what Cyber Security involves!⭐️ Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3208729979452105/ 🗓 When: Friday 23rd July 10am - Saturday 24th July 4pm
📍 Where: Online, https://secso.cc/discord
Thanks for your time and continued support!
I wanted to share a big congratulations to most of you for submitting assignment 1. I've definitely seen some sighs of reliefs and the occasional concerned email come my way.
I think one thing I want to leave you all with is just a reminder that however you end up doing in these assignments, they're always learning experiences. If you worked hard and don't get the mark you want, you learn something about where to improve. If you didn't work hard because of procrastination, you have a chance to reflect on how to do better next time. If you were battling other priorities, it's always more learning about how you can manage them differently in future. These are weekly battles that you will continue to face for years to come. I continue to make mistakes regularly that impact me negatively!
So if you are feeling a bit beat down, don't worry. Do you remember what specific marks you got 4 years ago when you were ~16 years old? Probably not. Did it ruin or solve all your life problems? Very unlikely. In 4 years you'll feel the same about the details of a lot of what happened this year. Lockdown or being locked out of the country makes things harder, but I believe in you all for getting through the mud.
So! Some updates:
See you on Tuesday!
UNSW had a major power outage today which led to intermittent CSE systems for 5 hours between 11am-4pm. In light of this there are some core updates about due date changes:
I didn't feel comfortable extending the deadline by only a few hours given the length of the outage. I also would normally like to extend the deadline a little later in the morning tomorrow, but we need to get the automarker running before the first Tuesday tutorials. We we appreciate your understanding!
Some other key updates for you:
Anyway! I hope you had a good flex week. Sorry about the UNSW outage today and the stress that might have caused. Good luck with your ongoing work and I'll chat to you tomorrow during the lecture :)
I hope you get a chance to take a little bit of a break (even if one day) during flex week next week. It's been a busy 5 weeks and I'm sure some of you are tired! Very limited updates this week:
A big thanks to your great tutors as always for helping make what is a fairly difficult course a lot more manageable.
If I don't have any updates over the break, the next we'll chat is Tuesday of week 7!
Not much to report on this week. Just smooth sailing. Hope everyone is keeping OK with all the COVID insanity. If you're feeling lonely in isolation just post something fun on the forum :) A life hack I'm sure many of you are familiar with: If you're feeling cooped up inside and a bit restless try putting on some headphones and listening to the rain .
See you on Tuesday :)
Slides from today: https://webcms3.cse.unsw.edu.au/COMP2521/21T2/reso...
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Hi everyone!It was great to see such an engaged crowd in our trees lecture this week! Thank you. I also just want to say a big thank you to Kevin & your awesome tutors for keeping this course flowing so well. It really is one of the more difficult level 1/2 courses to teach, so big thanks to the teaching staff.
We're officially one third through the time of the course (if you exclude flex week). If you're feeling a bit tired early on, don't worry, in 13 days you'll be at the beginning of flex week.
Here are some key updates about everything 2521:
See you on Tuesday!! Guess what we're talking about? More trees!
I hope you've had a great week 2. I think what's been the best part for me is having seen people "warmed" up into things. Week 1 always feels like a bit of a flurry because you're just back from break and then there are linked lists, pointers, queues, compilations, debugging, etc etc etc. But just talking to students and being on the forum this week it feels like you are all getting into the swing of things :) That isn't to say that you're finding everything "easy" (I wouldn't call it an "easy" course), but it's to say people are showing confidence in being able to pursue and tackle hard problems - and that's awesome. So keep it up.
Here are some key updates about everything 2521:
See you on Tuesday!! We'll be discussing trees this week. 🌲 🌲
I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Make sure to go outside so you don't turn into an icicle 🥶🥶
Thanks for a great first week together. It was awesome seeing so many people at the lectures! And a few of the tutors I talked to said they had a great time with classes this week. I hope that it's been a balanced introduction to some of the new content. We've re-structured some of the labs so that we don't hit you with lecture content as quickly as previous terms (e.g. week 3 lab is mostly on week 2 lectures).
Here are some key updates about everything 2521:
A reminder that you must submit your lab01 via give no later than 5pm on Monday (7th June) . There is no late penalty for late submissions, we simply don't accept them.
Submitting via give is not what guarantees you the marks though. To receive the remaining marks and confirm your automarks you are required to show your work to your tutor during your lab this coming week (week 2). There they will confirm your automark and award the rest of your mark.
I would like to clarify something from the course outline. For the statement "Labs will be done individually or in pairs":
I understand a handful of people were confused about this in week 1, so we are not fussed if some students decided to work on the week 1 lab in pairs. Let's just get it clear going forward from next week :)
Quiz 1 will be released on Monday (7th June) at 9am. You will have more than a week to complete the quiz.
The first quiz has a couple of questions focused on week 2 content, so don't be alarmed if you don't feel confident completing them until after the Tuesday lecture in week 2.
For new content, your week 3 tutorial/lab has been released, and the lectures for week 3 will be released on Monday.
See you on Tuesday!!
Have a great weekend.
Welcome to COMP2521 21T2 :)
This is my first time running COMP2521, and I hope you're as excited as me. Is this the easiest CSE course? Or the hardest? Probably not. Is it the most interesting? Well, that depends on who you ask. However - this will certainly be one of the most impactful courses any of you do at CSE in terms of how it helps you grow as a computer scientist.
We're going to be exploring the nuance and detail of how computers store data and process that data when solving problems. Most importantly, we'll be exploring how different storage and processing methods have vastly different outcomes at
. It's easy to do anything in life once, but the real challenge is making something feasible when dealing with millions or billions of inputs. And that's going to be the journey we go on.
I'm going to be working with a teaching staff team of 30 tutors, many of whom have more experience teaching this course than I do, and I'm excited not only to work with them, but for you to have them support you throughout the term.
I would encourage you all to take a moment to read the
, because it highlights virtually everything. I will also go through this a little bit on Tuesday.
In terms of assessment, the course has 3 major components:
I'll see you all on Tuesday :)
Hi everyone. I'll be sending a notice at the end of this week (Friday) to welcome you to the course and share more information. I prefer to stick to radio silence for now so you can try and enjoy your break. :)