Minutes of Teaching Committee Meeting - 26 March 2004
Present: billw (chair), ignjat, kenr, blair, willu, carrollg,
bgaeta, bradh, lambert, achim, ramer, compton
Apologies: jas, andrewt
The meeting opened at 2.11pm.
- Proposal for (re-)introduction of BSc Computer Science/BA
Proposal document: Part 1;
- Proposal for BINF9010 Bioinformatics
Methods and Applications - Bruno
- Draft new program proposal: BSc Computer Science + BDigital Media - CarrollG
Approved in principle. The committee approved the omission of COMP2021
from this program if necessary to make it work.
- Proposed Course on Agents:
- Will Uther
- Proposal to vary the content of COMP9020 between s1 and s2 - Arthur
Approved. COMP9025 may run instead of COMP9020 in 04s2. Transitional
Arrangements: Arthur will be nice to students who are enrolled in
COMP9020 in 04s2, providing an alternative version of the course more
similar to COMP9020 to students for whom that is appropriate. The
Head of School or his delegate will referee any disputes about this.
- Codes of conduct for
response to e-mails from students - Bill
and for students on when it is reasonable to send e-mails - Achim
The Tyranny of E-mail
There was an extensive discussion. Bill W will draft guidelines for
students on what type of e-mails are appropriate and inappropriate,
in the form of a web page. This will be circulated to staff for comment.
The principle was affirmed that academic staff should respond to
reasonable requests from students in a reasonable amount of time.
Staff may if they wish require that e-mail enquiries related to a
specific lecture course be sent to that course's e-mail address (e.g.
enquiries re COMP1011 to
- Programming Competition Practicum
This proposal comes under the head of activities for "gifted and
talented", or better "gifted and motivated" students. As there might
be difficulties with 4 × 2-UoC courses, it was agreed that
the basic idea could be implemented in one of at least two ways:
- lunch-time meetings/lectures for students - reviving a series
of lunch-time lectures organised by Andrew Taylor a few years ago.
Tim, Aleks, and Andrew are asked to look into this.
- an extra lecture per week associated with a particular course
such as COMP3121 - attendance would be voluntary. This scheme
could eventually be extended to create two versions of such
a course, regular and Higher, differentiated by:
The extended scheme would require formal approval of a new
course proposal, but voluntary extra lectures could of course
be offered without further approval.
- an extra lecture per week;
- alternative assessment.
- I would like the TC to draw the attention of the School to the value
of the CES data and the need to use it responsibly. It should not be
used arbitrarily and out of context. - Ken
Ken articulated his views on this issue, and while the issue that
gave rise to this item had been resolved, Andrew as administrator of
the CES surveys was asked to arrange for CES survey web pages to carry
a reminder that the information in those pages is confidential to
staff - specifically to academic staff under the current agreement
by academic staff.
The meeting closed at 4.35pm.
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