Since I will be on study leave in S2/2001, COMP9242 will not be offered this year.
However, I am making special arrangements for high-performing students
interested in doing a thesis with me in 2002. The arrangements are as
Some students will be given the opportunity to do Advanced OS in two
parts: the project in S2/2001, and the theory (lectures) and exam in
The project to be done in 2001 is essentially the same as in
2000. Students will work in pairs on the project.
A great deal of independence will be expected from students. I will
designate some research students to be available for consultation, but
they will be clearly told not to spend too much time on it.
There will be weekly milestones to demonstrate, as in 2000. Also,
the final submission deadline will be before the end of S2/2001, and
will be hard.
The project will be assessed by me (upon my return from SSP). I will
tell students their project mark as soon as it is assessed, but the
mark is only unofficial at that time.
Students can then officially enrol in COMP9242 in S2/2002. As they
will not be doing a project at that time, the actual load of COMP9242
will be much less than a normal (6UoC) course, so doing Thesis part B
and one other course at the same time shouldn't be a problem. Their
assessment will be as
for others taking the course, except that they will already have their
project mark from the previous year.
No-one who has submitted a COMP9242 project in 2001 will be allowed
to submit another project in 2002.
I hope this will satisfy the ones really keen on the School's most
challenging and most fun course.
Obviously, the level of independence required from students choosing
this approach will be very high, and therefore, everyone requires my specific permission to do it. I do not expect to
allow more than about 6 students do the project in 2001. I will only
consider giving permission to students who satisfy the following
they will complete their undergraduate program not earlier than
they will not take on more than 18UoC (three normal courses) of
official load in S2/2001 (besides the COMP9242 project, which doesn't
count as official load),
they have obtained a mark of at least 80 in
they are seriously interested in doing their thesis in operating