Agenda for Teaching Committee Meeting 14 April 2000

  1. New course proposal: COMP4111 Distributed Object Systems
    Proposer:Ian Gorton

  2. Should the School move to a uniform weighted average for the purpose of determining class of honours? At present the School uses one scheme in CE and SE, and another in CS. Both schemes use not only credit point weightings, but also weightings depending on the "level" of the subject - e.g. COMP1021 is level 1, and so carries less weight than say COMP3111.

    A weighted average will be automatically calculated by the new student record software, so that there is an administrative advantage in using this facility (particularly for students satisfying the final requirement for their degree after the "class of honours" meeting each session.)

    If we do move to use the standard weighted average, we would presumably compute "honours marks" using the current system as well as the new system, in order to calibrate the new system - that is, to determine what standard average mark corresponds to the "honours mark" cutoff for each class of honours.

  3. Proposed articulation between Diploma in Engineering - Computer, INTI College, Malaysia and BE(CE) and proposed transfer from BSc(Hons) in Software Engineering - INTI College, Malaysia to BSc(CS). It is proposed that students from INTI College, Malaysia with straight A records may transfer after two years study in Malaysia to one of our programs as indicated above.

  4. Award of class of honours for BE/MBiomedE graduates. We get our first graduates this year. What counts for grade of honours? All non-BIOM courses? 192 uoc of courses chosen selecting non-BIOM courses first?

  5. Summer session 2001 - What courses should we offer (and who will teach them)? Traditionally we have offered COMP1021 and one level 3 course. Recently the level 3 subject has been Graphics. There is, however, an argument for offering one of our oversize level 3s, like Networks, in the hope of reducing the numbers in the s1 (416 this year) and s2 (262 so far) versions of the course.

  6. Transitional arrangements for CE and SE programs. As both these programs changed significantly last year, it is appropriate for program directors to describe to the committee the transitional arrangements that are in place for students moving to the new version of the program this year. In many cases, students entering year 4, for example, will have completed in excess of 144 units of credit, so that some of their earlier year uoc may have to be applied to year 4. What parts of fourth year are sacrosanct? What happens to students who want to mix and match the old and new programs?

  7. New course proposal: Computer Society International Design Competition
    Proposer: Gernot Heiser

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