Minutes of Teaching Committee Meeting - 3 November 2000
Present: kenr, peterh, dank, steve, potter, gernot, sowmya, tammyb,
andrewt, jas, adal, anymeyer, billw (chair), chak, lambert
- Matters arising from the minutes of the last meeting:
- A School TSP web page was to be made available. [Tim Lambert]
Tim distributed draft web page content which was approved with
minor suggested changes.
- Review of plans for Potter Committee to present its report to
the School at a School Meeting. [John Potter]
It was confirmed that John will present an expanded report
to the School Meeting on Thursday 9 November (1-2pm)
- Requirements for class managers and associate lecturers for 2001.
It has been suggested that enough class managers should be recruited
to cover courses with an enrolment (in a particular session) over
a threshold (possibly 300).
Class Manager Job Spec
The meeting considered that 3-4 class managers should be recruited
provided adequately qualified persons could be found.
- ELEC have, in JAS's words "bitten the bullet on 4th year Thesis vs
Project and introduced a new Project subject for students with
low averages (specifically, less than 65%)." This is somewhat consistent
with the practice in the Advanced Science program and of course in
Computer Science of only letting students with 65+ averages do
honours. Do we want to review our policy on this?
Current and proposed policies in this area were discussed at
length. The meeting was advised that weaker students tend to self-
select for group-oriented projects, and that there was evidence
that the undergraduate average was a poor predictor of thesis outcome.
The meeting confirmed that every full-time academic is expected to
supervise 3-5 fourth year undergraduate projects. Steve Matheson
can advise on ways to do this efficiently.
- Quality assurance measures for teaching. Should we be having an
extra person (perhaps a program coordinator or director of first
year studies) acting in a specific quality assurance role for each
course we offer?
During another lengthy discussion, many suggestions but little
consensus emerged on methods of quality control. Critical courses
such as the large first and second year courses were especially
important in terms of ensuring quality and adequate syllabus
coverage. It will be important to make sure that assessment in
corresponding higher and regular subjects is sufficiently consistent.
One proposal to ensure this was the idea to coordinate the
final exam so that there is a core of questions for both streams
and some optional questions intended mainly but not exclusively
for the higher stream.
- Formal introduction of a new Special Project for
talented students in Computer Science.
This proposal was approved with a few modifications, the most
significant being reduction of the standard project to 12 Units of
Credit (COMP3902), and introduction of a second 6 UoC project
- Proposal for Master of Engineering Science
in Mobile Systems.
The general concept of such a joint program with Electrical
Engineering was approved. The meeting expressed some concern about
possible overlap with 8508/3000 MInfSc in Internetworking.
- Teaching allocation revisited.
The meeting advised on ways to tune the emerging allocation for
2001 session 1.
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