• Further exam info

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Monday 03 May 2021, 02:31:27 PM.

    You are probably aware that the final exam will take place this coming Wednesday. You will be accessing the exam link via the COMP9334 Moodle page. The university requires you to acknowledge that you have read 3 documents before you will be able access the exam link. My advice is that you should go to the COMP9334 Moodle page, and do the reading and acknowledgement, before the exam. The advantage is that you will be able to start your exam at the beginning of the exam on Wednesday.

    For exam info, please refer to Week 12C and its recording. In addition, I have started a thread on the forum with the title "Q and A: on exam" to summarise the answers to a number of questions/answers that will probably be good for all the students to know. These questions came from a number of forum questions that some students ask.

    All the best with the exam.

  • Project marks

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Monday 03 May 2021, 01:53:35 PM, last modified Monday 03 May 2021, 01:53:52 PM.

    The project marks are now available. You can check them by clicking on the bar-chart like icon next to your name on the course website. The project is marked out of 30 where

    • 10 marks are for tests that we run on the code that you submitted. More details below. (This mark is in the field project_code)
    • 20 marks are for the report. These are awarded based on the assessment criteria in Section 7.2 of the specs. Those students who paid particular attention to the criteria would have received a good mark (This mark is in the field project_report)

    We ran 10 tests (1 mark per test) on your submitted code on the CSE system. I have put the config/ and ref/ files for the tests that we used on the project page in the course website. Further information on code testing can be found on that page.

    Some of you may see a non-empty project_comment field when you check your marks. If this is the case, it means that we have some trouble running your submitted code on the CSE system.

    If you have queries, you can send me an email or a private message on the forum.

  • Sample examination / myExperience

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Wednesday 28 April 2021, 02:20:22 PM.

    The solution to the sample exam is now available. There is also a correction to the question text. To view the solution and the correction, go to course website and look for the link "Sample examination".

    I would like to thank you those who have completed the myExperience survey. If you haven't completed the survey, I would encourage you to use the survey to provide us with feedback.

  • Exam info

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Thursday 22 April 2021, 05:01:55 PM, last modified Thursday 22 April 2021, 05:03:07 PM.

    I went through the information on the exam in today's lecture.

    • The written information can be found in lecture Week 10C (page 14 onwards).
    • There is a separate recording for Week 10C and the information on exam starts shortly after 22 minutes.

    The times for the pre-exam consultation are:

    • Tue 27 April, 12-12:30pm
    • Thur 29 April, 1:30-2pm
    • Tue 4 May, 12-1pm

    You can find the Zoom link for the consultation here .

  • Lecture 8A

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 06 April 2021, 03:41:11 PM.

    This notice is concerned with the lecture notes and lecture recording for Lecture 8A. Unfortunately I made a number of mistakes in the lecture notes for Lecture 8A and these mistakes appeared in the lecture recording. You will find under Week 8A:

    • A corrected version of the lecture notes.
    • Due to the mistakes, I made a number of incorrect statements in the lecture which have gone into the recording. On the page that you can access the lecture recording, I have stated what the incorrect statements were and what the correct statements should be.

    My apologies for these errors.

  • Project (Update on 6 April)

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 06 April 2021, 11:01:02 AM, last modified Tuesday 20 April 2021, 07:14:04 PM.

    An update on the testing files for the project. Please note that the previously provided Test 4 (random mode) has some problems, so please do not use it for testing.

    I have provided new files and instructions for testing. You can find them on the project web page under the heading:

    Updates on 6 April regarding the project sample files:

  • Assignment marks

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Wednesday 31 March 2021, 02:41:30 PM.

    The assignment marks are now available. At the course website, you will find your name at the bottom of the menu bar on the left. Click on the bar-chart-like icon to the right of your name and you will be able to see your marks.

    I have created a thread on the course website with the title "Marker's report on the assignment" where I have provided some feedback. In the thread, I have also invited all of you to fill in the solution for some parts of the assignment. You are welcome to help to provide your solution.

  • Project

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Friday 19 March 2021, 10:03:48 AM.

    The project is now available. To view it, go to the course website and look for the Project link on the menu.

    The project is on using discrete event simulation. We have completed our lectures on discrete event simulation so you are ready to work on the project.

    Please note that Week 6 is Flexibility Week and there won't be any lectures. Consultation will continue to take place at the usual time. Lectures will resume in Week 7.

  • Assignment Question 3

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Thursday 11 March 2021, 11:25:47 AM.

    Some students are finding Question 3 of the Assignment challenging to handle because there are many equations. A hint that I can give is that you can derive the equations automatically. As an example, I have written up a document to show you how you can obtain the state balance equation for the database server in Lecture 3B automatically. There is also an accompanying Python file. You can find the materials under Lectures, Week 3. The headings are:

    • Week 3B (Supplementary materials: Computing the state balance matrix automatically)
    • Week 3B (Supplementary materials: Python file "" )

  • Early information on exam

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 09 March 2021, 09:17:16 AM.

    I'd like to let you know in advance that the COMP9334 exam will use Inspera, which is a browser-based online exam platform that UNSW will be trialling this year. This essentially means that you will type your exam answers through a browser interface. The COMP9334 exam will remain open book and open web. The exam is self-invigilated and no remote proctoring will be employed.

    You can read more about Inspera from this UNSW page:

    You will receive an email from the University on this platform soon. The email will provide you more information on the platform. The email will also contain a link that gives you a demo of the platform.

    Later on in the term, I will provide you with a sample demo so that you can familiarised yourselves with the platform.

    I have posted this message on the Ed forum too. If you have any questions, you can ask there.

  • Assignment

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Monday 01 March 2021, 02:18:42 PM.

    The assignment is now available. To view it, go to the course website and look for the Assignment link on the menu.

    You should be able to attempt Question 1 of the assignment now, and work on Questions 2 and 3 after this week's lectures.

  • Your current location

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 23 February 2021, 04:03:06 PM.

    In order for me to plan for future activities, I would like to know your current location. If you are currently not living in the east coast of Australia, please use this google form to tell me your location. If you are in Australia east coast, no actions are required. I would appreciate if you could complete the form by Friday 26 Feb. Thank you.

  • Getting help and consultation

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 23 February 2021, 11:54:02 AM.

    There are two ways that you can get help for this course.

    The first is to ask questions on the forum It is encouraging to see that some students have also started asking questions there.

    The second is one-to-one consultation over Zoom.Generally, they are at Tue and Thur 2-2:30pm. However, the time can change because of my other commitments so it is best that you check the "Timetable" (a menu item on the course website). Also, note that the Zoom link for the consultation is different from that of the lecture. You can find the Zoom link for consultation under "Timetable" at the course website.

  • Lecture recordings (Thur, Week 1 and on YouTube)

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Thursday 18 February 2021, 04:42:37 PM.

    The lecture recordings for today's (Week 1, Thur) lecture are now available. Due to two episodes of network outages that occurred during the lecture, the video recordings are broken into 3 parts.

    We are also making the lecture recordings available on YouTube. If you click on Lectures, you will see a heading "Lecture recordings on YouTube". This will take you to a YouTube playlist. I wish to thank Ty Zhang who suggests the use of YouTube and who volunteers to upload the video to YouTube for the class.

    This means you will have two formats (Zoom recording and YouTube) to choose from. Note that the Zoom recording links will appear first because I put them on the course website when they are available.

  • Lecture recordings

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 16 February 2021, 03:48:57 PM.

    The lecture recording for today's lecture (Tue of Week 1) is now available. On the course website, click on "Lectures" and you will find a link under Week 1 for the recording. Future lecture recordings will be made available in a similar manner.

    Note that on the course website, the recording is placed inside a "frame" and some browsers (e.g. Brave) may say "media type cannot be played". You can fix that by clicking the "View in Browser" button near the top-right corner of the frame, the contents of the frame will then be placed in a new tab and you will be able to play it.

  • Ed discussion forum

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 16 February 2021, 02:23:11 PM.

    I mentioned in the lecture that we will be using the discussion forum on Ed ( ) for coursework discussion because it has a better interface and richer features than the one on the course website. I will be sending you an invitation to register for the forum shortly and I ask you to accept the invitation so that you can access the forum.

    I have added a link (Forum to the menu on the course forum.

  • Zoom link for lectures / lecture materials for Week 1

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Thursday 11 February 2021, 01:46:16 PM.

    The COMP9334 lectures will be taking place live over Zoom. I've put the Zoom log-in details on the "Lectures" page on the course website . You can also find the lecture materials for Week 1 on the same page.

    Please note that you need to log-in with zID/zPass to view the page. The log-in button is at the top-right hand corner.

    See you next Tuesday at noon online.

  • Welcome to COMP9334!

    Posted by Chun Tung Chou Tuesday 09 February 2021, 10:30:23 AM.

    Dear All,

    I'd like to welcome you to the 21T1 edition of COMP9334. I would like to draw your attention to the following:

    1. The course website is located at: . I suggest that you bookmark the page.
    2. The course outline is now available. You can access it by going to the course website and then look for "Course Outline" on the menu on the left.
    3. We will have synchronous online lectures on Tue and Thur 12noon-2pm. Later on this week, I will provide information on how you can access the lectures and post the lecture materials for Week 1. Lectures will be recorded and made available.

    I look forward to exploring the topic of capacity planning with you this term. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and stay safe.

    Chun Tung Chou, Lecturer-in-charge

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