First Year Noticeboard

Dr Murray Wood, Room L1422 (14th floor Livingstone Tower), tel: 0141 548 3390
Email: murray.wood <at>

2nd Year CS Noticeboard Java Revision
Absence and Mitigating Circumstances Lab Allocation
CES Noticeboard Maths Skills Support + MathsForCIS Facts and Formulae
CIS User Accounts and Email Maps, Buildings, Building Codes, Departments
Compensation Schemes Myplace
Computer Science Home Page Pegasus
Computer Science Local Page (Avoiding) Plagiarism
Cybersecurity Progress Regulations
Important Dates (including coursework / test deadlines) Sample CS105 Exam Paper
Electives Software Licenses
Exams Start@Strath
First Day Information Student Representatives
First Year Classes Timetables
Handbook Transfer Rules – Hons to MEng
Help! University Student Home Page

Getting Help

If you have any difficulties, at home or at university, that are affecting your studies there are a variety of people that you can talk to for advice. Please use these resources as soon as you become aware of a problem, it can be quite difficult to catch up with your studies if you fall behind.

If you have a problem with a specific class then the first person you should speak to is the class lecturer. You can either approach the lecturer after a lecture or you should find that most respond quickly to an email. Computer Science Lecturers

If the problem is not resolved by speaking to the class lecturer or it is a more general academic problem, such as a timetabling issue, you should speak to the Year Adviser, Murray Wood. If you would like an appointment to meet him just send an email with a few times that suit you.

If you are having personal problems that are affecting your academic work then you should speak to your counsellor/PDA. If you wish to contact your counsellor, just send them an email. You can find your counsellor’s name and email address on your Pegasus curriculum record. If you have any problems contacting your counsellor please contact Murray Wood.

The University has published its Academic Policies & Procedures. This contains clear guidelines of what information should be lodged where and when if there are circumstances which are having a detrimental impact on your studies and which you wish to be considered by the examination board or appeals committee.

The University provides a wide range of professional support on Health, Counselling, Finance, Disability, Study Skills, Careers etc. Please see this page for links to all these services: Strathclyde Student Support Services

Departmental Disability Contact: Julie Sobocinski.

CIS Laboratory / Tutorial Allocation Semester 1

The Semester 1 Lab and Tutorial Allocation is here:
CIS Lab and Tutorial Allocation Semester 1

Lecturers will tell you when these start – some are week 2. Any problems with this allocation contact: Murray Wood
Hopefully this will also appear in your Myplace/App timetable over the next few weeks – it’s a time-consuming task for Admin staff to manually transfer this over.


An online version of the CIS timetables is available via the University Timetable Page. To see the timetable for each year of the CIS programmes, select Programme Timetables then for “Select Department” select Computer and Information Sciences, then select the course you are currently following (e.g. BSc Honours Computer Science/Year 1). To see the timetable for individual classes, select Class Timetables.

Local copy of CIS timetables:

Computer Science Handbook

CIS Undergraduate Handbook – Comprehensive Information on Computer Science Degrees


University Building Codes
University Buildings and Maps

CIS User Accounts and Email


Important Dates

University Dates

Semester 1 Class Assessment Details

CS101: Monday Week 5 Web Page, Monday Week 6 Web Site

CS103: Friday Week 6 Class Test, Class Test Week 10/11

CS104: Friday Week 6 Class Test, Test in Lab Week 11

CS105: Class Test in Lab Week 5 and Week 11

CS106/107: Test in Lab Weeks 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11.

ABSENCE: If you miss a test that counts towards exemption then you are unlikely to get an exemption. If you have a very good reason for the absence e.g. certified illness, then please contact the class lecturer and the year adviser (Murray Wood) as soon as possible.

Pegasus and Exams

Pegasus contains a record of your personal and course details as well as the exam timetable and exam results.

Exam Frequently Asked Questions


Myplace contains all the teaching material for first year computer science classes.

First Year Computer Science Classes

CS101 Topics in Computing 1
CS103 Machines, Languages and Computation
CS104 Information and Information Systems
CS105 Programming Foundations
CS106 Computer Systems and Organisation

All teaching materials accessible through Myplace.


Guidance on choosing electives for CIS students
Complete List of University Classes

If you wish to change an elective please send the details of the change by email to Murray Wood.

First Year Reps


Transfer Rules – Honours to MEng

To be eligible for transfer from the Honours degrees in Computer Science or Software Engineering to the MEng in Computer Science a student must achieve a credit-weighted average of at least 70% over all their first year curriculum and a mark of at least 70% in CS105 Programming Foundations.

First Year Java Revision

Head First Practical Exercises – do these as you work through the Head First Java Textbook.

First Day Information

CIS First Year Guide


Support provided by the Careers Service

First Day Careers Talk Slides

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