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Introduction to Computer Science 2

The Computing Experience

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Summer School Papers
COMP123A,B,S The Computing Experience

15 Points

This paper provides an introduction to the wealth of computer tools available for application in the sciences, the arts, and other disciplines. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme to give an overview of the nature and use of computers. A wide range of practical exercises is provided. You tailor the paper to your own needs and interests by selecting an appropriate set of these exercises. There are introductory practical sessions catering to the needs of those who have not used a computer before. More advanced exercises extend and challenge those with previous computing experience. The paper is recommended to students from all disciplines as an important contribution to a modern education.

For summer school this paper is "self-paced" and can easily be fitted around summer work. There is also no exam for this paper.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate competent use of a selection of software packages, and explain the general concepts that relate to these packages.

Lecturers and Tutors

Summer School


    • COD Computer Science
      Room: G.1.23
      Phone: +64 7 838 4021

A Semester


    • COD Computer Science
      Room: G.1.23
      Phone: +64 7 838 4021

B Semester


    • COD Computer Science
      Room: G.1.23
      Phone: +64 7 838 4021

Moodle Link


This course has one introductory lecture: See the Official Timetable Information for where and when.

Four supervised labs per week held in RG.10 and RG.11 to be scheduled in the first week. Each lab is one hour long.

Compulsory Components
The course is primarily of a practical nature. The laboratory program is organised as a program of nine modules. These are intended to occupy one week each for COMP123A or COMP123B, or half a week each for COMP123S. A module will relate to a software package, or combination of software and associated hardware.

Modules are divided into two categories:

    P1s are introductions/laboratory exercises in using particular software packages. These are available for users at various levels of competency. Some of these lead onto further P1s. Each P1 consists of approximately 5 hours of laboratory work. The work is to a large extent guided, allowing you to develop skills.
    P2s are assignment/project work based on software introduced in the P1s. Each P2 will require approximately 5 hours of laboratory work, plus preparation of material to complete the module. They are intended to provide a higher level of work, and are correspondingly more demanding.

Students will use moodle to post regular updates on their progress and reflections on what they have learnt.


Students should expect to spend about 10 hours per week on this class. Each student will have 4 scheduled laboratory hours each week. In addition the student may choose to spend additional time in the laboratory. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours on moodle each week. The remaining time should be spent in preparation or review of the coursework.

Other Reading Material
A course workbook has been written by the Department of Computer Science to provide students with information necessary to complete the coursework. It is available from Campus Copy. Some modules may recommend further reading. Further modules not in the course workbook will be available from the tutors.

Computing Resources
The laboratories for COMP123 are RG.10 and RG.11 (Labs 3 & 4). They are equipped with 80 Windows Personal Computers.

A variety of software is provided on these computers, and will be available depending on the modules a student selects. Printing, email and web access is available but will be charged for through the UniCash charging system.

The Part I Computer Laboratories are available to enrolled students Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. A schedule of supervised and 'free' time will be posted on the lab doors. Prior to 8am, after 8pm, and at weekends, a 'Swipe' card will be required for access. Students found in the lab at these times without a card will be removed.

Means of Assessment

Assessment Ratio
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0. The practical programme must be completed to the satisfaction of the coordinator for the paper.

Assessment Components

Grading Schedule

Assessment Deadlines

Attendance Policy
Attendance at scheduled labs is expected. Laboratory practicals are integral to the course. Scheduled labs are the only time when coursework can be assessed. Students are also expected to regularly participate online using moodle.

Other Information
This paper is not available to students majoring in Computer Science.

Late Work: students should hand in what they have done by the due date, and this will be reviewed in light of the documentary evidence.

Academic Integrity
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Performance Impairment
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Student Concerns and Complaints
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Application for Extension
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Review of Grade
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University Regulations
Your attention is drawn to the following regulations and policies, which are published in the University Calendar:

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