Minutes of Teaching Commitee Meeting of 27 April 2001
Present: billw (chair), jas, elgindyh, achim, odiessel, kaie,
lxue, lambert, gernot, steve, peterh, Jaime Hemmett, andrewt,
kenr, richardb, potter
- Proposal by IROB to teach COMP4920 Professional Issues and Ethics
for us. It was decided to proceed with the proposal from IROB, subject
to revisions, on the basis that IROB would teach COMP4920 for two years
and that at the end of that time there would be a comparison of the
outcomes of COMP4920 and of SENG4921 (allowing for the difference in uoc
between these two).
- Modification to CS Honours requirements: [Tim L]
Proposal accepted in principle. Tim and Bill to work out details
of any new course proposals needed, and forward them to the Faculty
- [gernot] Students teaching courses
It was resolved that strenuous efforts would be made to avoid an
all-student lineup for a major summer session course in future.
In any case where a PhD student teaches part of a course, more
extensive supervision would be mandatory, and the amount of teaching
limited to reduce adverse effects on the student's research.
This conclusion was reached in the context of PhD students lecturing
as casual academic staff, or to use up "top-up" hours. The case
with lecturers A and up, whether fractional or not, who are enrolled
for a research degree, may be different, though the same outcomes
are desired (i.e. good teaching, good administration, and good
Note also that the committee is not suggesting that the students who
ran COMP1021 over the summer did not do a good job, nor that the
academic to whom they were responsible did not do all that was
reasonable. The committee's concern was more with what might
have gone wrong, including potential adverse effects
on the PhD students' research.
- [gernot] Modification of course content by LiC
Future changes to be approved by Associate Head of School.
Cassandra Nock will be asked to remind academic staff in the middle
of each session to send a formal proposal for any change to be
approved as outlined above. Changes affecting courses which use
the changed course as a prerequisite will be discussed by the TC,
and should be discussed with the lecturers of affected courses
before the proposal is sent.
- Proposal from ITTI for advanced standing/entry for their diplomates.
Any advanced standing would be on a course-by-course basis,
as with current arrangements with the Singapore Polytechnics,
and would be reviewed in the light of experience with students
from ITTI. Lecture materials sent by ITTI would be reviewed by
lecturers of similar CSE courses. Admission, again as with the
Singapore Polytechnics, would subject to attainment of a minimum
standard in the ITTI diploma. This standard would also be reviewed
in the light of experience with students from ITTI.
- New course proposal: [Kai E] Concurrency course. Proposal
Approved subject to revisions. Revised version will appear
here when ready.
- Modifications to SMS to support new University requirements.
There are now requirements that (1) we must inform students of their
rank in each CSE course they take, and (2) we may not post results
on office door or web pages - we must instead e-mail provisional
results to students.
The TC affirmed the urgency of the changes, though it was noted
that an easy way to comply with (2) via sms is to make their final
mark visible via "classrun -enquire".
- Confirmation of courses to run in session 2, 2001, along with
specification of quotas, if any, for these courses.
The quota information will be forwarded the School Student Office
and is also here.
- IEAust Accreditation: Ken and Bill have been working on this, and
will briefly outline the state of play.
Draft of CE accreditation
document. Prompt comments are solicited.
- [JMP] Report on First Year Streaming in 1011/1711 and C/Systems in 1021
John Potter and Richard Buckland described the experience so far,
and presented histograms of the results from a common mid-session quiz.
- [OD] Proposal for the reorganisation of
Digital Systems Structures (COMP2021) and laboratory support
for the understanding of digital systems structures and design.
The proposal was approved from an educational point of view.
This proposal has significant resource consequences. A slightly
revised proposal will be
considered next by the Computing Facilities Committee.
At this point the meeting adjourned until 2pm next Friday 4 May
when the teaching allocation will be considered. At that point in time,
some offers in the current round of academic hiring will have been
made. It is believed that some of the offerees may be able to start
in session 2, and so contribute to a solution to the allocation
problems for that session.
- Teaching allocation for session 2. Draft is
here. Major issues are who will teach COMP1021, COMP2011, and summer session
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