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1 Welcome to the School of Computer Science Norman Paton PGT (Postgraduate Taught) Director

2 Who am I? Career: –Professor of Computer Science. –At Manchester since 1995, but new to this role. –Research: Databases, distributed information management, bioinformatics. –Teaching: none at Masters! PGT Director: –Overall responsibility for masters programmes. –On the escalation route for problems or issues. Contacts: –Office: 2.20. –Email: Please call me: –Norman.

3 Welcome I hope you are –well –excited –eager to embark on your MSc & MRes programme...but you might also be a bit –lost –confused –bursting with questions

4 Welcome to our Welcome Week … prepare you for the next year in Manchester we explain –the school –the programme –the course units, that you are ready to start on your programme next week – there is no ‘warming up’ period!

5 Welcome to our School of Computer Science One of the major research institutes in Computer Science in the world Possibly the oldest Computer Science university department in the world The home of the earliest stored-program electronic computer (1948) One of the largest departments in the UK This is your opportunity to make use of the staff and facilities for education and research!

6 Welcome to the University of Manchester One of the largest student campuses in Europe...and all that goes with that Good university facilities - sports, support, etc: see Student Union for a range of activities: Great ‘student life’ Student Charter

7 Welcome to Manchester Large, lively, and active city: events, sports, nightlife, shopping... Long history - centre of the industrial revolution Football, Cricket, Cycling Centres Great location with beautiful surroundings: –Lake District –Peak District –Wales, Snowdonia –Coastal areas...

8 Who does what? Organisation: –PGT Director: organisation and planning –Programme Directors: advice and guidance on academic and related matters –Student Support Office look after students help with most organisational matters first point of contact for questions that are not specific to a taught activity Teaching: –(Senior) Lecturers, Readers, Professors teach courses, set exams, … supervise projects check how to address them: often by their first name –Lab demonstrators help with labs, coursework, example classes

9 Programmes & Directors The following are our programmes and their Programme Directors: MSc in Advanced Computer Science Joshua Knowles. MSc in ACS and IT Management Goran Nenadic MRes in ACS Konstantin Korovin Part-time & Foundation Route Alex Walker Continuing Professional Development Andy Brass

10 Student Support Office Relevant people include: Chris Susie Richard Calland Hymas Ward

11 Exams Your MSc Year T2 C1T2 C2 T3 C1 T1 C1T1 C2T3 C1 Welcome Week Project Assessment: 50% Taught Course Units: Coursework + Exams (end of semesters) 50% Project: COMP60990 Research Methods & Professional Skills: Progress Report Dissertation. Exams COMP60990/Project Period 1Period 3Period 2Period 4 Terminology: Ti Cj = Theme i, Course Unit j

12 By Friday you must have Chosen which themes you wish to follow: –Taking a theme involves taking two course units in the same semester. –You need to choose two themes in the first semester, and one theme in the second semester (the latter taking account of dependencies). Chosen which pathway you wish to follow: –Taking a pathway involves taking certain themes. You may well have applied for a pathway, but in general you can change pathways at any time: –… but the security pathway is full.

13 Your MSc Project Half of your MSc Normally involves both research and system development. Preparation through COMP60990 – Technical Reading and Writing – Carrying out experiments, collecting evidence,... Project allocation: –at the end of the first semester: December – Choose from a list of many suggested projects or talk to staff about your ideas or areas of interest. – Supervisor to help and guide you through the project.

14 Your MSc Project Assessment: – Project Progress Report: May, 30 credits must be passed to continue with project background, first steps towards project, project plan plus COMP60990 coursework – Dissertation: September, 60 credits

15 T2 C1 T1 C1 SM1 Welcome Week Period 1Period 2Period 3Period 4 Exams T2 C2 Res. Symposium SM2SM3 Taster Your MRes Year Assessment: 1/3 Taught Course Units: Coursework (ongoing) Exams (end of semesters) 2/3 Project: Progress Report (April) Dissertation (September) Terminology: SM = scientific methods Your Project

16 Your MRes Project 2/3 of your MRes Normally involves both research and system development. Preparation through Scientific Methods (SM) units COMP80131, 80122, 80142: – Carrying out experiments, collecting evidence,... – Technical Reading and Writing Project allocation: – Taster Project: around reading week – MRes Project: at the end of the first semester: December – Choose from a list of many suggested projects or talk to staff about your ideas or areas of interest. – Supervisor to help and guide you through the project.

17 Your MRes Project Assessment: – Taster Project: 10 credits, presentation – Project Progress Report: April, 30 credits must be passed to continue with project background, first steps towards project, project plan – Dissertation: September, 80 credits

18 This Week See timetable in your pack Content: –Meeting your Programme Director –Introductory talks for themes & course units –Student Representatives Self Organisation –Introductory Laboratory Session: getting to know the MSc Labs, tools, eLearning tools,... –Welcome Fair in Student Union & Events for Overseas Students –Uni Sport & Library –eLearning/Blackboard intro: Plagiarism On-Line course English Language testing Health & Safety even if – English is your mothertongue – you are fluent – you have an English degree –...

19 English Language Classes Free. Throughout semester 1. In the School, targeted at CS students. Mondays 17:00 - 19:00. Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00. It would be foolish not to: time spent here will likely be saved later.

20 Attendance at lectures, labs, project... is compulsory –slide hand-outs won’t give you the same insight –full picture, details, important points, etc. only in lecture is monitored, through –clickers, electronic coursework submission or –signatures on roster if you have to miss classes, let lecturers know during your main project phase, June - September –you are here in Manchester and –work full time on your project and dissertation

21 Documents Online Masters Handbook –general information about all MSc & MRes –project, course units, rules, regulations, responsible people –must be read! Timetable –some last minute changes sometimes have to be made Per course unit: –syllabus: what is learned? –web-site: what is happening? –eLearning (Blackboard or Moodle): coursework, assignments, hand-in, deadlines,... discussion, questions, announcements,… material, pointers,…

22 Some warnings… the year will be long & you will need to work hard –you might struggle success is not guaranteed –even if you work hard academic malpractice (collusion, plagiarism, …) –is taken very seriously in this university –… any offence will be prosecuted, normally by a jury in the school or at Faculty leads to loss of marks, resubmission of work, and sometimes worse. … make sure you understand academic malpractice –complete Plagiarism On-Line course –ignorance is no excuse

23 Computer Science Facilities Senior Common Room, 1.23 –with hot and cold food, a good place to meet & work informally Resource Centre –Room LF21 - all course textbooks and other resources. Student Support Office –Room LF21 - For administrative and general support –Ask Here First - after having looked in the MSc Handbook Your Master Labs: –Room 2.25 a,b

24 Computer Accounts and Intro Labs See the Welcome Sheet & Intro Labs If you experience any computer problems: –submit details of problem via –phone the University's IT Service Desk on 0161 306 5544 –visit the Helpdesks in the John Rylands Library or the Joule Library in person Read your university email regularly –especially regular “Masters News” –sometimes used for formal communicatons –use account forwarding for your convenience Access the School’s website for documents & information Make sure that you are ready to start next Monday

25 Java It is essential that you know Java and can program confidently in it –for coursework and perhaps for your project If you don’t know it or need further help, –there is an on-line course for you to take. –Go to Self-Study Courses Introduction to Software Development in Java and follow that class

26 School Seminars The School runs regular research seminars on Wednesday, 2.15pm These are given by eminent speakers from around the world A great opportunity to learn about many new topics and the latest stage of research in an area.

27 Student Representatives Student reps from part of PGSSCC: Student reps are responsible for specific areas: –one per programme (ACS, ACS&ITM, MRes) –one for part timers –MSc lab computers, emails, accounts –social events –eLearning environments –taught course units –common rooms, general infrastructure, –etc. You self-organise in Common Room –tomorrow (Tuesday) during Lunch Break 13:00-14:00

28 Help Related to taught part or project –you haven’t understood some stuff in lecture/meeting –you miss some knowledge/skills that lecturer assumes project requires –you don’t understand what you are supposed to be doing ➡ check course material ➡ ask -your co-students who probably have similar problems -either directly or through Blackboard/Moodle -your lab demonstrators -your lecturer

29 Help Related to organisation of MSc programme -when or where lectures/labs/… take place -how course units are assessed -how projects are allocated -... ➡ check out school’s PGT web site ➡ look at Masters Handbook ➡ ask the student support office ➡ ask your Programme Director

30 Help Related to your personal & family life, health, etc.: –finding your way in a new city/country/Uni/continent can be stressful & difficult –you might need help to find your way around –you’ll probably have to work hard -- but that should be an enjoyable experience Help is available from numerous sources: –Your Programme Director –Student Support Office – –many many more, e.g., see MSc Handbook

31 Help: if your circumstances –health, –family, –personal,... prevent you from concentrating on your studies we need to know in time to help ➡ mitigating circumstances process and ➡ mitigating circumstances form ➡ ask SSO ➡ talk to your Programme Director...the process is confidential and there for you!

32 Thursday Excursion A great opportunity to –make friends & meet people –learn about Manchester United: the team the multi-national organization & its information processing needs Meet Thursday, 13:00 –for coach to Old Trafford Return (approximately) would be a pity not to!

33 Masters Student Representatives Self-Organisation Please email your names to

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