Sorry guys, but marking is dragging on and on and on and on and on ...
It's unlikely that we'll have the final marks in by the deadline for us to submit marks. This means that you will all likely end up with a grade of "LE" for the course when marks are published. All that this means is "You lecturer didn't get marks in on time"; it's not a problem with anything you've done.
In the meantime, lab and assignment marks will gradually appear via sturec or Webcms3 or however else you check your marks. If you have a problem with any mark, send me email and I'll add it to my TODO list, and it will all get cleaned up once marks are finalised.
Let me be more precise about timings
Hmm ... looks like it was a bit long/hard ...
Don't panic ... if the results are overall bad, I'll scale up.
The Final Exam will be held on Wednesday 7 November in the Ainsworth Level 3 Labs.
Reading time starts at 13:45. Exam writing time is from 14.00 until 17.00.
You are all allocated to a specific lab. I believe the details are available via
What you don't get in the exam environment:
What is available
What you should bring
If you haven't already done the MyExperience survey (and thanks to those who have), you're almost out of time. It close at midnight on Thu 1 Nov. Why not take a break from your exam revision and give us some feedback?
I have consultations Tue 30 Oct 3-4 , Thu 1 Nov 2-4, Tue 6 Nov 1.30-3.00. For the first two, you'll be competing with COMP1521 students. For the Melbourne Cup consult, the COMP1521 exam is over, so they won't be around.
Note: change to time of Tue 30 Oct slot, to avoid meeting clash.
Sorry everyone, but the way things are going, your assignment marks will not be ready before the final exam. Assignment 1 might be done by Monday, but Assignment 2 ...?
In any case, there will be plenty of time to sort out any problems with assignment marks before results for the course are finalised.
I think it would be more useful for you at the moment if I prepare solutions for the sample exams, and then get back to sorting out the assignment marking.
Your quiz marks are already done, as a number of you have clearly already noticed.
The Final Exam will be held in the CSE Labs. If you've managed to avoid them so far, I'd strongly suggest that you familiarise yourself with them before the exam.
You are allocated to a particular seat in a particular lab. The seating allocations are now available.
If you have DSU requirements, let us know ASAP.
Since some of you seem very keen to start revising, here's the state of play on the materials on the web site:
If you notice errors in any of the above, please let me know ASAP. Errors in the Course Notes are particularly relevant, because you get access to these in the Exam.
As people find things that need fixing in the assignment 2 spec and code, I'll put links to the relevant forum posts here. You can decide how to handle them: get code from updated ass2.zip or simply make changes in the code you've got.
Note that none of the above problems will affect the auto-marking.
If you want to change your partner for the second assignment, edit the group under the Groups page.
The current entries in the Groups page are the ones I'm assuming for Assignment 1. If they're not correct, let me know via email.
If the Assignment 1 group is correct, but you want to tell me about a partner who made no contribution to Assignment 1, send me email.
After spending most of the "break" week sorting out the code and spec, Assignment 2 is now available for your perusal.
The first thing to do is to read the spec and ask for clarification on any unclear points. The other first thing to do is to look through my code and point out any glaring errors.
I wanted to finish assignment 2 last weekend ... and then I wanted to finish it on Wednesday ... and now I want to finish it today ... but I have wall-to-wall meetings today and am going away for the weekend, so I can't reasonably see it being available before Monday evening.
Sorry about the delay.
I need more time to get your second assignment sorted out, and so I'm postponing the lecture that was scheduled for Tuesday 18 September until Week 11.
Note: the Thursday (Sep 20) lecture will run as usual, including a Q&A on the Assignment.
There are two possibilities for Assignment 2:
Either way, you'll be writing C code, changing parameters and reporting/analysing the results of tests.
I've set up a poll so that you can give me preferences. Please give some feedback before the end of the week.
If you do it today (Fri 31 Aug), then you won't have to pay for the course *and* it won't appear on your academic transcript.
If you're an international student, dropping courses can have Visa implications.
The first assignment is now available; due before midnight on Sunday 2nd September. It's worth reading the suggested resources, and, of course, reading the assignment spec thoroughly, before launching into the implementation.
Quiz 2 is now open (has been since 1am Mon 13 Aug ... no attempts as of 8pm Mon 13 Aug).
You must submit it before 11:59pm on Sunday 19 August.
If you haven't formed an assignment group by the end of Week 3, I'll assume that you're doing Assignment 1 as an individual.
If you want to work as an individual, please form an assignment group with just one member.
You form assignment groups on the Webcms3 Groups page. You need to login first.
Quiz 1 is due midnight tonight (Sunday 5 August). 60 people still haven't done it. It's worth marks.
The P01 spec was missing one instruction. If you don't do this (add set max_wal_senders = 4 to the postgresql.conf file), then your server may not start. If you forget, the message that you get in the log file makes it reasonably obvious what the problem is.
Each week, I'll put a copy of the slides in PDF format under the Lectures for that week, so that, if you want, you can print a copy and bring it to the lectures to write notes on. (Or, if you don't want to waste paper, you can bring your device and write the notes on your copy of the PDF)
If you're an undergraduate student trying to enrol in COMP9315, you will need to ask the CSE Student Office to enrol you manually, which they will do as long as you meet the pre-reqs ((COMP1927 or COMP2521) and COMP3311)
Welcome to COMP9315 18s2!
In this course, we'll plumbs the depths of PostgreSQL's internals, while learning about all of the clever data structures and algorithms that people have invented over the years to deal with large amounts of data. Eventually, we'll also look at some new databases, developed to solve specific large data problems that have emerged since the advent of the web.
Read the Course Outline before we get started. It's on the course website.
And speaking of the course website ...
Note that we're testing out the 2 x 2-hour lectures/week over 10 weeks in preparation for UNSW3+ next year. Should be interesting.
I'll be putting up some polls soon to try to gauge your knowledge on some topics that I hope you will already know.
The first lecture is on Tuesday 24 July at 4pm in Mathews Theatre B.
See you then, jas